5 Ways To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

5 Ways To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs
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The good things about eggs are undoubtedly their versatility of cooking methods, including everything from sunny-side-up and omelette to scrambled, poached and… of course, hard-boiled.

You can pair the latter with your homemade nasi lemak or other tummy-filling recipes like egg and potato salads.

But if you happen to make hard-boiled eggs at home, you know it can sometimes be frustrating (and not to forget troublesome) to peel the shell off. Fortunately, there are few methods you can try here with these 5 Ways To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs.

1) The Crack-And-Roll Method

So, this is how it actually works. You start by gently tapping the egg on the kitchen counter, followed by laying it horizontally. This is where you roll the egg across the surface back and forth using your palm until you hear a gentle crack. Just remember not to apply too much pressure upon doing this. This helps to loosen the eggshell, which in turn, allows you to peel it off with minimum fuss.

Ways To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs #1: The Crack-And-Roll-Method
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2) The Peel-Under-Water Method

Here’s another way you can try to peel a hard-boiled egg. It works by giving your egg(s) a nice, ice bath using a bowl filled with ice cubes and cold tap water. Let it sit for around five minutes since the egg is hot to the touch after the boiling process. Besides, you don’t want to hurt your finger upon peeling it right away.

Once the egg is cool to the touch, it’s time to fill another bowl with room-temperature water. Start by cracking the eggshell by knocking at the edge of the bowl while leaving the rest of the egg (if you boiled more than one) submerged underwater. Apparently, the water acts as a middleman of sorts to help separate the egg membrane as you peel the shell off.

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3) The Spoon Method

Who could have thought that a mere spoon can be used to peel a hard-boiled egg? So, here’s how it works: Tap the bottom end of the egg on the kitchen counter and peel its shell partially. Not too much but just enough for your spoon to do the work.

Speaking of the spoon, this is where you grab this handy kitchen utensil (use the tip of a teaspoon) and slip it under the partially-open eggshell. From there, you navigate the spoon around the egg. Rotate the spoon as you go along until the shell is finally able to come off. This method might be frustrating for those who lack patience but with a little practice, you would probably get the hang of it soon!

Ways To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs #3: The Spoon Method
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4) The Shaking-And-Shelling Method

Give your hard-boiled egg(s) a good shake. By shake, we mean placing the egg in a glass, container or Mason jar filled with around one inch of water. Before you start shaking, make sure whatever container you use is tightly sealed. And if your glass has no lid, simply cup your hand atop to avoid the egg from accidentally slipping out. As you shake the egg(s), the water inside helps loosen the shell and eventually falls away.

Ways To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs #4: The Shaking-And-Shelling Method
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5) The Store-In-Cold-Water Method

If you are not in a hurry to enjoy the hard-boiled egg(s) right away, you might want to try this method. According to WikiHow, you need to fill 2/3 of a plastic container with cold water. Then, follow up by submerging your egg(s) in the water. Refrigerate the container for around 1 hour to allow the cool temperature to chill the water and the egg. You can even store the container for up to 3-4 days. Either way, doing so helps the egg-peeling process easier.

Ways To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs #5: The Store-In-Cold-Water Method
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