What is the best way to shell a hard-boiled egg?

Please give me some tips on how to peel hard-boiled eggs for deviled eggs without tearing the whole egg apart. I need to make deviled eggs today. --Bobbie bc2mc3


Dear Bobbie bc2mc3:

First, to prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

To shell the egg:

  • Gently tap both the top and bottom of the egg on your kitchen counter and run cold water over it.
  • Then roll the egg back and forth to crack and lift the shell away from the egg.
  • Run more cold water over the egg while peeling for extra help.
  • At this stage, you should be able to peel the entire shell easily.


Holly Clegg is the author of Meals on the Move: Rush Hour Recipes.

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