I’m a background noise kind of gal, and I usually have the radio or TV on. My mornings are usually supplemented by the Today show along with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Paw Patrol, and other animated gems. (I can sing you any kids’ show theme song, I swear…)
The Today show caught my eye one morning when they were demonstrating kitchen hacks: ways to make your life easier in the kitchen. They were going to demonstrate the best way to peel a hard-boiled egg. Well, that sounded perfect! I absolutely hate it when I need to peel eggs and the shell doesn’t come off easily. I detest picking off the little fragments of shell, piece by piece, resulting in an egg that looks like it’s been peeled by a 2-year-old. On the other hand, isn’t it stress relieving when the shell easily slides off in two big pieces. I love that! I can just feel the day’s stress melting away when I’m peeling those eggs….said no one ever. Because that almost never happens. At least not for me.
I’ve tried different tips now and then to get the eggs to peel more easily.
- Use old eggs
- Add baking soda to the water when boiling the eggs
- Use a pin to prick a tiny hole into the end of the egg (yes, I even tried that with a dozen eggs)
Nothing seems to work for me. I always end up with yucky looking hard-boiled eggs.
So, when I was watching this clip on Today, I felt like my egg-peeling dreams had come true.
I followed the directions by adding the egg and some water to a jar. I tightened the lid on the jar and let my three-year-old son do the shaking (so it’s not like an extreme force was being used). In under five seconds, this is what we got:
Doesn’t that look delicious!?
I am not sure what I did wrong, but this kitchen hack is definitely not for me. If you try it and have better luck, more power to you! As for me, I’ll be in my kitchen, picking away at tiny fragments of shell as they cling to the egg white that I so desperately want to keep smooth and intact.
UPDATE: My wonderful cousin shared a tip with me: Once you have a portion of the shell off, use a spoon to get under the shell and scoop it off. I will be trying that! 🙂 Thanks, Joy!
ANOTHER UPDATE: A good friend shared this tip. I bet the amount of water is where I went wrong. “As for peeling I learned a new trick. I use a pickle jar add an egg and cover half of the egg. Put the cover on and shake! 2 or 3 shakes usually do it! Open take the egg out and the shell is pretty much peeled right off. If you don’t add enough water it will break it. So easy!” Thanks, Amanda!
A FINAL UPDATE: I tried both the spoon method and the jar method again using the two tips that my friends shared. I still couldn’t get the jar method to work, but the spoon method was awesome! I guess I’ll be a spooner for life! 😉
WAIT! WE HAVE ANOTHER UPDATE!: I have awesome readers! Here’s what another tip that a friend shared, “Boil 11 min, drain the water and add cold water and peel under the cold water…the shell comes off perfectly, must do it when the eggs are still hot.” Thanks, Angie!