Hard Boiled Eggs Easy To Peel

By on December 14, 2007

How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs Easy To Peel:

How to boil eggs without cracking them, the age old question. I love hard boiled eggs, I like to always keep some in the fridge ready to eat for a quick and satisfying snack.

But it was years before I discovered this little known secret for cooking eggs, and I could actually cook them so that they peeled easily. You know the problem; they burst when they are cooking and all the insides ooze out and get rubbery. Or when you are peeling them the shell seems to stick to the “meat” and the shell pieces won’t come away cleanly.

Well here is a very quick and simple tip so that you will never have this happen again. It is very simple.

How To Boil Eggs So They Peel Easily:

First you need to get a sewing needle, and with this you pierce the fat end of the egg, making a small hole. Just insert the needle a teeny bit – enough to make a decent hole, but don’t poke the needle all the way into the egg.

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs


Why this is, is because there is a small air sac located at the large end of the egg, between the inner and outer shell membranes. When the egg is put into hot water a lot of times the carbon dioxide expands and cannot escape. It travels underneath the egg shell and causes the cracking and the sticking to the egg shell when peeling it.

By piercing the end of the egg into this little sac, the carbon dioxide escapes easily and you can go on to cook perfect hardboiled eggs that are easy to peel.


How To Boil Eggs So They Peel Easily

Pierce a Little Hole In The Egg

How To Cook Hard Boiled Eggs:

Now that you know your eggs are not going to burst on you, you can cook them. Here is the way I cook my own perfect hard boiled eggs…

  • Using a heavy bottomed saucepan, cover the eggs with cold water by at least an inch of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil uncovered
  • Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat and cover it
  • Let the pot sit for about 15 minutes
  • Take the eggs out of the water and put them into a bowl of cold water for another 15 minutes

Now your yummy easy peel eggs are all ready for you to either peel and eat or refrigerate for later use. Hard boiled eggs still in their shell can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Interesting Egg Facts:

When an egg is laid, it fills the shell. As it cools, the inner portion of the egg contracts and forms an air cell between the two shell membranes. A high quality egg has a tiny air cell, indicating the egg was collected soon after being layed and was stored properly. The air cell is usually located in the large end of the egg where the shell is most porous and air can enter easily. … read more

An average eggshell is 0.098″ (2.5 mm) thick. It is made of 3.5% protein, 1.5% water, and 95% calcium carbonate.

The shell contains from 7,000 to 17,000 pores that allow gas exchange and protect the egg against microorganisms.

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About Kirsty

Hi, I am Kirsty. As a "Vegan-ish" greenie, my main interests are in natural health, raw foods and other good stuff like that. I am also extremely passionate about Permaculture and doing what I can to help aid our beautiful Earth and all her creatures.


  1. Mary Bloom

    November 11, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    This is a very good recipe and works well. I thought I would share an alternative way of cooking eggs that I myself use to get the perfect hardboiled egg.
    Starts off the same way as your recipe, i.e. eggs into cold water, a heavy based pot, etc… But, when the water comes to a boil, let the eggs boil for nine minutes. After 9 minutes, take them off the heat. Put them in a bowl and chill them with ice and fresh water. When they are cool, they can be peeled and eaten.
    This is the way I was taught by my mother and it works very well for perfect boiled eggs every time.

  2. Nancie

    November 12, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Yay I will be cooking eggs much more now. I hate when they are hard to peel and the white sticks to the shell. Thanks!