Have you ever hesitated to make a dish that needed hard-boiled eggs because you dreaded the task of peeling the eggs? I sure have, too many times. I could just picture the struggle in my head; peeling away half the whites of the eggs while wanting to make beautiful deviled eggs. Put that vision behind you. You can now look forward enjoying easy peel hard boiled eggs, making deviled eggs and other dishes that require hard boiled eggs. This easy peel hard boiled egg technique will help you succeed without an egg fight in your kitchen.
This post is an update to my previous easy peel hard boiled eggs here.
Boil & Shock Eggs
Some recipes might say that you can only use older eggs or non farm fresh eggs to get easy peel hard boiled eggs. From personal experience I can tell you that's not the case. With this shock method of hard boiling the eggs it's the technique of cold shocking the eggs that gets them to peel easily; not the type of egg.
Other Hard Boil Methods
There are so many theories out there on the best way to get easy peel hard boiled eggs. Some say eggs must be older, close to expired or it's the method of peeling that makes the difference. I beg to differ. You'll find many forms of proof that it's the cooking method and not the way you peel.
My Other Easy Peel Method
I have another post on easy peel eggs and I still stand by it, but as stated in my post I found it does not work on all types of eggs. The "shock method" as I call it in this post I've had huge success with. Pretty much every time I hard boil eggs this way 9/10 eggs peel beautifully, without any issues. That's why this is my #1 way to hard boil eggs now. I call it the shock method. You are shocking the eggs when you put them into already boiling water, then shocking them once more when you place them in an ice bath after cooking. It really works!! It's now the only way I hard boil eggs. Give it a try.
Whole Made Eggs
If you haven't had the joy of tasting true farm fresh eggs yet, you absolutely must. Store bought commercial eggs just don't have the same flavor. We luckily have our own flock of happy hens that give us a bountiful supply of farm fresh eggs. Eggs have great nutritional value and farm/backyard fresh eggs are far superior nutrition-wise as well as taste. Our venture with chickens keeps giving us the gift of farm fresh eggs from our backyard.
Give this easy peel hard boiled eggs method a try and let us know how it works out for you in the comments below or on Social Media, @WholeMadeLiving.
Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs (Shock Method)
Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs are the product of the cooking method, not the peeling method. One the most sure fire methods I've ever used is the shock method as written below. Shock your eggs and they will cooperate with you when it's time to peel them.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 22 minutes
- Category: How To
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: World
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Raw Chicken Eggs of Choice (Our preference is Cage Free Organic Farm Fresh when possible)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, enough to cover the eggs with about 1 inch of water. (I start with about 8 cups of water if I'm making a dozen or less eggs, 10 plus cups for more than a dozen)
- Once the water is boiling gently add eggs into the pot either in a basket or with a large strainer spoon.
- Set a timer for 12-13 minutes (depending on the size of your eggs, ***SEE NOTE Below) and lower heat so eggs boil gently for full time.
- While eggs are boiling make a large ice bath with a mixing bowl. (About ¾ of the bowl ice cubes)
- After the time is up gently transfer the eggs into the ice bath and let them sit in the ice bath for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes you may start peeling the eggs. I gently tag on the eggs with the flat side of a knife to get them started.
- Refrigerate or enjoy as you wish.
***For smaller eggs, 11 is sufficient. For regular store-bought "large" eggs, 12 minutes is good. We have chickens that lay XXL sized eggs that don't even fit in cartons and they take 13-14 minutes.
Keywords: Easy Peel, Hard Boiled Eggs, Farm Fresh Eggs
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