How to peel a hardboiled egg

I’ve FINALLY found how to peel a hardboiled egg so that it will turn out smooth.


There are countless theories out there, and I’ve tried most of them.


  • Eggs must be fresh (we have free range chickens; I have fresh eggs.) — nope.
  • Eggs must be old (so I hold them aside for three weeks.) — nope.
  • Must run the boiled eggs under cold water right away — nope.
  • Must let eggs sit in the hot water until the water cools on its own — nope
  • Crack the eggs and let them sit in the water overnight — nope.

But now I know the secret. I don’t really know WHY it works, I know only that it does. Something I’ve found true in life generally, yes? (I’m still pondering that fax machine).


Here’s a half-minute video clip to show you.


Video taken by my mom and edited by first son. Thanks Ma and Dave.

Can you tell this is my first video clip? I’ll work on the text first, next time.

One small jar with a lid, warm water, and a few shakes. Who knew it could be so easy?

My New Year’s gift to you.

How do you peel a hardboiled egg? What fool proof way have you discovered?

10 Responses

  1. Claire
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    I’ve always put six eggs in a small pan, cover with cold water, bring to boil for a few minutes but not so long that eggs crack, turn off heat, cover, remove to cooler part of stove, let sit for 20 minutes. Pour off warm water, fill pan & eggs with cold water, throw in a few ice cubes. Let sit a few mins. They peel perfectly. Husb has learned to boil eggs in instant pot very quickly & has no peeling problems. Not sure if he puts them in cold water after cooking. But guess who now has the full-time job! 🙂

    • Janet Givens
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      Hi Claire
      I’m intrigued with the instant pot method. Nevertheless, let the record show, I have gone your route — that was a fairly standard egg operation in my young adulthood — minus the ice. Could the ice have made that much difference? We’ll never know.
      Thanks for starting us off.
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  2. Marian Beaman
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    Just what I needed — an online demonstration of egg peeling in the kitchen.

    I had thought eggs had to be old(er), but yesterday I had trouble with that. Count on me to use your warm water hack, Janet!
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  3. Susan
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    I empty it and crack up the eggs then put put cold waker over it—the water gets into the cracks and after a while it peels off easily

    • Janet Givens
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      Hi Susan

      Methinks we doing essentially the same thing. Only difference, I think, is time (and energy to shake the jar). Come over to my world; you’d be most welcome.
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  4. Arlene Smith
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    I will try this! Thank you.

  5. Carolyn
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    Thank you for a really useful hint. It’s been bugging me the last couple of years

    • Janet Givens
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      I know! I don’t really remember feeling “I MUST solve this” until this year. Maybe this year it was only “I CAN solve this”. Thanks for stopping by.
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