Is peeling eggs a nightmare for you and often results in dirty or jagged eggs?
Peeling an egg is very easy if you hard-boil eggs perfectly, as a first step. Then all that you have to do is to follow the steps given below.
- After hard boiling eggs, bring them to room temperature either by putting them in cold water for a few minutes or by keeping the boiled pan open for 15-20 minutes. Never try to peel or break boiled eggs when they are still hot or warm
- Crack the shell at each end by tapping it on your kitchen counter or tap. Older the egg, more difficult it is to crack them because of the harder shell
- Roll the egg on the counter, a plate or a chop board with your palm. You can feel the shell cracking. This step may not be required if it is already cracked lengthwise during tapping on the ends as in step 2
- Slip the shell off by peeling it from the wider end where usually an air bubble is present and hence it is easier to peel the broken shell from that end. Peeling the shell under the running tap or by submerging it under water is even easier
Avoid fresh farm eggs or too old eggs for hard boiling. 4-5 days old eggs are ideal for making the perfect hard boiled eggs and will be rather easier to peel as well.
Adding a little vinegar (or salt as mentioned in the linked article above) to the water will make it easier to peel.
An alternate way of peeling egg is by shaking boiled and cold eggs in the pan so that the shell breaks and hence make it easier to peel it off.
Enjoy your egg!
Boiling eggs to perfection is no rocket science. You simply have to follow the steps below if at all you do not know yet how to boil an egg.
Hard boil an egg
For hard boiling you have to choose eggs that are 4-5 days old. Fresh from farm eggs are not suitable for hard boiling.
- Wash eggs thoroughly to remove any stain or spots. If it was in the fridge, let it come to room temperature before boiling starts
- Pour water into a sauce pan to a couple of inches in depth and boil it in high heat
- Add a couple of pinches of salt into the boiling water
- Lower the flame and gently place eggs into the water in a single layer. You should not stack eggs while boiling. Let it boil in low flame
- Remove the sauce pan from the flame after 12-14 minutes based on the size of the eggs
- Let it cool in room temperature for 10-15 minutes before you can peel them
Your hard boiled eggs are ready! Do not overcook eggs beyond 15 minutes nor cook in high heat. The egg white can become really rubbery if you do so. Adding a pinch of salt while boiling helps to peel eggs easily and perfectly.
How to boil an egg – The Soft boil way?
A lot of people prefer soft boiled eggs due to the taste factor. For soft boiling fresh eggs are the best.
- Wash eggs thoroughly to remove any stain or spots
- Pour water into a sauce and simmer it for 2-3 minutes. The water needn’t boil
- Gently place cleaned eggs into the water after turning off the flame
- Let the eggs remain in hot water for 3-5 minutes and then take them out
Your soft boiled eggs are ready! Serve them lukewarm.
How long to boil an egg?
Hard boiling eggs take 12 to 15 minutes for medium to large eggs. If the eggs are extra large, give it 17-18 minutes of cooking time.
Soft boiling takes 3 minutes for medium sized eggs and up to 5 minutes for larger ones.
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