How to remove the shell from hard boiled eggs?

  16 answers
  • Elli Hatch Elli Hatch on Aug 01, 2017
    This is what I do and it works perfectly ALWAYS!! After boiling, put the eggs in an ice bath (bowl filled with ice cubes and water). When the eggs have cooled, gently roll them on a hard surface to break up the shell. The shells come off with no trouble at all!!!

  • T.K. T.K. on Aug 01, 2017
    When you finish cooking them, drain them into a colander then put them int a large bowl with cold water - I sometimes add ice cubes to the water. This will do two thing: stop the cooking process and help to remove the shells. Then you can do one of three methods to remove the shells- 1) roll the egg in your hands until the shell cracks of ( you can use a paper towel to hold it for a better grip..2) You can crack the shell and then run cold water over the egg as you peel the shell off...3) You can put the egg into a glass jar with cool water and put the lid on then shake it until the shell is removed- pour the water and shell into a sieve to catch all the little shell pieces. Kids love to help with number three.
  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Aug 01, 2017
    I always steam my eggs, even very fresh eggs peel rather easily. Put the eggs in a steamer, steam 20 minutes, put into ice water to stop the cooking process. The peels should come right off. I raise chickens and the only time the shells don't come right off is when the eggs are less than a week old.
  • Claude Claude on Aug 01, 2017
    if you place a tbl of baking soda in the water when you cook them, it will help to release the egg from the shell.

  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on Aug 01, 2017
    Let the boiled eggs sit in cold water for about 6 to 10 minutes, turn on the cold water and break the shell, peel them under the soft trickle of cold water.
  • Beth Gold Roccia Beth Gold Roccia on Aug 01, 2017
    I never had luck with that lol! But last week I didn't feel like going through the hassle so I just put them in a bowl in the fridge. Next day I had the most fun time with them as every one of them peeled perfectly. I'm too impatient to wait for cold water or ice to peel them. But I think making them ahead of time and getting them nice and cold in the fridge helped the film separate from the shell better than anything I've tried. I am going to make another dozen when I get eggs and I'm going to repeat what I did. Egg peeling experiment time is coming!
  • Debra Debra on Aug 01, 2017
    Add lots of salt to the water before boiling.
  • 13526476 13526476 on Aug 01, 2017
    Actually older eggs (purchased approximately 1 week before use) do best for immediate peeling because the air pocket (the larger end) increases. Before family events, etc., I buy extra eggs so I don't have a hassle with deviled eggs. Otherwise, I place fresh eggs in cold water covered by 1-inch with 1/2 cup of salt in a ceramic pan, bring to boil for 10 minutes, shut off, cover for 10 minutes, then rinse in cold water.
  • Sarinasala1 Sarinasala1 on Aug 02, 2017
    After cooking I run cold water in the pot put the eggs in a few minutes then remove shell.Comes off easily.
  • Pat Pat on Aug 02, 2017
    the key is patience the eggs fare better if a bit older.. but also allowing them to fully cool after the boil
  • Peggy hardy Peggy hardy on Aug 02, 2017
    Thank you to all the hard boiled egg answers, I will try them, especially the fridge.
  • Ginny Ginny on Aug 12, 2017
    I remove shells immediately after boiling and running cool water over eggs for about 30 seconds. Eggs will be hot but shells seem to come off easier.
  • MamaSita MamaSita on Aug 13, 2017
    Roll it around until the shell is broken completely into small pieces. Run it under cold water and peel off the shell.
  • David Pringle David Pringle on Aug 15, 2017
    I boil them with baking soda in the water. Just a tablespoon should do it. If it's possible, use the oldest eggs you can find (or let them age in your refrigerator). After boiling, take the pot immediately to the sink and dump out as much water as you can, then put the faucet on cold and let it run in the pan while you get ice. Dump a large cup of ice into the pot and turn off the water. Let them completely cool (usually only a few minutes). Take a mason or bell jar, fill it 1/3 of the way with water. Place each egg into the jar individually. Shake the jar back and forth for 15-30 seconds. You should be able to de-shell the egg easily. Sometimes with this method the shell will simply slide off.