Update: We tested YOUR methods and now have a part 2! Check it out here!
Have you ever had problems peeling hard boiled eggs? Please say that you have, because I can’t be the only one who has had issues peeling eggs. Every once in a rare moon I get a good batch, however, in general, it’s always a disaster.
So this time I decided to call upon the experts. The moms, and pinterest. Because, you know, everything you see and read on pinterest is true and moms always have tried and true methods.
Before I tell you the real way to boil an egg, I must say that my 3 year old LOVED this experiment. Not because she likes eggs. She doesn’t. And she’s not allowed to use the stove either. She did however LOVE coloring all the eggs I made. Art project for her, food project for me! A win-win!
So the 4 methods I used were:
1. Boil for 15 minutes
2. Boil, remove for 15 minutes
3. Boil, remove for 15 minutes with pinhole
4. Bake @ 325°F for 30 minutes
Here is what I ultimately discovered:
Note 1: Ice Water is needed (or super cold water) to help these eggs cool down quickly, not allowing them to continue to cook internally after boiling them.
Note 2: All methods produced great looking internal eggs. No funky green or smelly eggs. So really you can use any method if you don’t care what the outside looks like or if you have to butcher the egg to get it out of the peal.
Note 3: Method #3 was by far the best. Easy to peel and perfect product. When pricking each egg, firmly hold the egg in one hand and press the push pin in with the other. You’ll have to give it a little force, but it will go through without cracking your entire egg. I was ultimately worried that my innards would leak out. However out of the 15 eggs I made this way, only 1 grew a “bunny tail” (tiny bit leaked out) and it really wasn’t a big deal.
Your pin prick hole should look like this (Ignore my super dry and ugly hands – we just moved to MN where it is still snowing and my hands are not in the best of shape because of it.):
Note 4: The oven method did produce easy to peel eggs – super easy to peel. However as you can see, those brown spots, are burn marks. That’s where the eggs touched my pan during the baking process. Every single egg was burned. And though the insides look great, the outsides do not. Resulting in a method I would not use again.
Note 5: Eggs are easier to peel when they are at or close to room temperature. SUPER COLD eggs straight from the fridge have proven to be more difficult to peel.
Note 6: The age of the egg means a lot. FRESH eggs are harder to peel. Older eggs will produce easier to peel eggs from my experience.
So there you have it folks – 4 “tried and true” methods put to the ultimate test. One (#3) coming out as the ultimate winner for me and the method I will be using in the future.
I certainly hope this helps each of you as you try to discover the best Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Egg method.
**Please note: These eggs were cooked in MN on a gas range. Results may (I really have no idea) vary depending on altitude (maybe?!) and range (possibly?!).