It’s almost Easter time, and Easter means eggs! As a kid my favorite egg tradition was coloring eggs (let’s be real, I still love it), but as an adult I think my new favorite tradition is Deviled eggs. They’re delicious! Unfortunately with Deviled eggs comes my most dreaded egg task: peeling hard-boiled eggs. It’s tedious, messy, and downright annoying. So- I decided to embark on a journey to discover the best method to peel a hard-boiled egg! Here are my thoughts on what works and what doesn’t.
The Tried, True, and Inefficient:
We all know this method- you just rip into the egg and peel off pithy pieces of shell….and egg.
Verdict: Sure, it gets the shell off, but it creates a mess, and dents your lovely hard-boiled eggs. Not great if you’re creating a dish where presentation is an issue. This method gets a 3/10.
The Dent and Peel:
I honestly can’t recall if I saw this somewhere or just came up with it. But the Dent and Peel is when you grip the tips of the egg between your thumb and pointer finger, and push/pinch gently until the shell cracks on both tips of the egg. The idea is that you can prevent more noticeable damage to the middle of the egg, and hopefully peel the shell in larger segments, rather than tiny pieces.
Verdict: Sounds great, but doesn’t always work and if you pinch too hard you can tear into both ends of the egg accidentally. I give it a 4/10.
The Water Method:
I saw this on Youtube and it looked awesome! A man places the egg in a medium-sized glass, and fills it with an inch or two of water. Then he covers it with his hand and rapidly shakes it, forcing the shell to separate from the egg in one piece. Amazing!
Verdict: Unless you have hands the size of Charles Barkley, or a really tiny glass it ain’t gonna work. What you will succeed in doing is dowsing your kitchen (and self) with water. 0/10 (and maybe -1/10 as a result of the water on my kitchen floor and walls).
The Blow(n) Away:
Saw this one on Youtube as well. Peel a little of the shell off both ends, then blow the egg right out. Sounds simple.
Verdict: Playing trumpet with a hard-boiled egg didn’t work for me. Plus by the time you peel both ends off the egg enough to give it a try you’ve already peeled about 50% of the shell. I give it 0/10.
The Press and Roll:
I came up with this idea thanks to my favorite kitchen gadget: my silicone garlic roller. To be fair, I have since come across this method a few other places so apparently “great minds think alike”. To use this method place the egg on a hard surface, like a cutting board. Then, gently push down on the egg with your palm until you hear the shell crack. Continue putting pressure on the egg with your palm and gently roll the egg back and forth until the egg has separated from the shell.
Verdict: I had great success with this method! In fairness, I had lots of practice with the motion thanks to my garlic peeler. But I found this was by far the easiest method, and almost always took the shell off in one piece- easier and cleaner than the other methods. If you decide to try this method here are some tips: 1) try it a few times so you get used to the motion and pressure combination, 2) don’t press down too hard or you may squish or dent the egg, and 3) keep rolling a tad longer than you think you should.-this will ensure a clean separation!
Have you tried any of these methods, or ones I failed to mention? What works, or doesn’t work for you? Comment below! Happy egg-peeling!