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I have a love-hate relationship with boiled eggs. They make an appearance in a few of my favorite Southern cuisines, like chicken pot pie, deviled eggs, and potato salad. Of course boiled eggs also serve as a protein-packed salad addition or even just a grab-and-go snack throughout the day. Cooking eggs is incredibly easy; simply pop them in boiling water and wait. However, the process of peeling hard-boiled eggs isn’t nearly as quick and effortless. I ususally end up burning my hand, getting the shell jammed under my fingernail, or even worse, destroying the egg white! I’m here to tell you there is an easier way. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll have perfectly peeled hard-boiled eggs in no-time.

1. Don’t Underestimate Aged Eggs

As it turns out, older eggs are easier to peel. So keep those aged eggs especially for boiling; this will save you time and trouble in the end. As eggs mature, their moisture gradually lessens through the pores in the shell, causing air pockets at the tip to expand. This results in the shell loosening from the egg white, making them much easier to peel.

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2. Try Steaming The Eggs

While this process is a bit more unconventional, it could be your saving grace. Simply bring your water to a boil, and lower a steamer basket full of eggs into the pot. Let the eggs steam for about 20 minutes before you begin peeling. This method tends to loosen the egg membrane, resulting in easier-to-peel hard-boiled eggs.

3. Give The Eggs Time To Cool

Submerging your recently boiled eggs into a bowl of ice water is key. The cooling of the hard-boiled eggs causes the egg whites to contract, freeing them from the membrane. If you let them cool for about 15 minutes, the peeling process is much easier.

Following these simple steps will save you from unnecessary frustration in the kitchen. Egg-cellent, right?