It is just after Easter, and many of us have a glut of hard boiled eggs laying around. They are a great, healthy, high protein snack, and can be used in salads and spreads. But first, they have to be peeled.
By Sunday night, the internet was bursting with tricks to peel hard boiled eggs quickly.
One site had “The Crazy Russian Guy” peeling them by smashing them and then rolling them along the countertop. The shell slipped right off.
Commenters suggested that he may have poked a hole in the end of the egg before cooking, which would allow water to seep between the egg white and the shell, making the peeling process simpler. Sure enough, Amazon sells egg shell piercers, for $4.95-$8.16, depending on the brand. The more expensive model is called an “International Egg Piercer.” Personally, I think a large saftey pin, or a thumbtack would do the job without buying a fancy gadget, but to each his own.
Dr. Travis Stork of the t.v. show “The Doctors” has his own egg peeling hack. He places the egg in a cup filled with about an inch of cold water. Placing a hand over the top, he shakes the egg in the cup until the shell pops off. Pretty slick move.
Epicurious has a video in a similar vein, where a dozen eggs are put into a pot with cold water in it, and swirled to allow the eggs to crash into one another cracking the shells. The demonstrator then tapped on each shell to further the process. After that they were easily peeled and rinsed under cold water. Frankly, this one didn’t look like a hack at all, and took as many steps as just peeling them without pomp or circumstance.
We have heard that super fresh eggs are harder to peel, but after cooking, we just run the whole pot under cold water, and then crack the shell and peel it off under running water when we are ready to eat them. Besides, who wants to eat old eggs?
Lastly, many suggest that eggs be cooked straight from the refrigerator, as opposed to letting them come to room temperature before using them.
Once they are peeled, The Pioneer Woman, Rhee Drummond,presses them through the holes of a cooling rack to chop them quickly.
For more information on how to boil an egg, read our previous post here.
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