Why does my shell stick to my egg?
August 31, 2012 8:38 PM Subscribe
Simple question. How to hard boil an egg so that it peels easily. After 30 years of cooking for myself, I have lost my mojo and ability to do this. I just want to be able to peel my hard boiled boneless chicken without the shell sticking to the white and creating pock marks on my whites.
posted by AugustWest to food & drink (38 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I am actually a good cook. I swear. I know I am asking a question one step above how do I boil water. My problem is whenever I am making Deviled Eggs I have to hard boil about twice as many as I need because the damn shell always sticks to the egg white and I end up with cosmetic mess of an egg. I have tried many methods. I have googled it. After the google reading I settled on this method.
In short, I put my eggs into a pot of cold water and let them sit for a few minutes until the water and the egg are approximately the same temperature. I then put them on the stove and bring the water to a vigorous boil at which point I turn off the burner, cover the pot and let the eggs sit in the water for 15 minutes. I then dump the hot water down the sink and add cold tap water. I run the tap water until I am pretty convinced the eggs have cooled to a point they are no longer cooking. I then add ice to the water and let the eggs sit for about 20 minutes. Then I try to peel, and I get a friggin mess.
Please give me your method for hard boiling eggs so that the peel comes off easily. Or correct what I am doing.