10 Perfectly Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs

I have always known how to hard boil an egg; my mother taught me how.

But what my mother and I didn't know was how to get a perfectly smooth, peeled egg...

This is what we usually got:   perfectly hard boiled eggs stuck to the shell, resulting in badly mangled peeled eggs.

Farm fresh eggs will also be hard to peel.  They need to be about a week old before hard boiling them.

Julia to the rescue!

In this book, she doesn't boil her eggs, she coddles them.

Huh?  Basically, it means to cook them more slowly and for a longer period, thus resulting in a more tender egg.

You can find a step-by-step description HERE.
I didn't want to wait twenty minutes for my eggs to cook or prick the ends of my eggs with a pin for fear of cracking them, so here's my mom's method:

Place eggs in a large saucepan.
Cover the eggs completely with water, plus one inch.
Turn stove to HIGH and bring to a roiling boil.
Look for the large bubbles on top of the water...that's a rolling boil.
Turn stove to LOW (or medium low) to bring water to a simmer.

Look for the teeny tiny bubbles...that's a simmer.

Cover eggs and cook for 10 minutes, periodically checking to see if they are still simmering.

Here's where Julia comes in!

Have a large bowl of ice water ready.

When the eggs have cooked for 10 minutes, place the hot eggs into the cold ice bath for TWO minutes.

Brrrrrr........this shrinks the egg from the shell.

Turn your pot back on HIGH to reach a boil.

Transfer 5 (only FIVE) eggs at a time to the boiling water for 10 seconds.

This will expand the shell from the egg.
Really?  I didn't know that....

But wait, we're not done yet!

After a 10 second boil, put those babies back into the ice bath ~

Just a bunch of eggs, chillin'.....

Keep 'em there for 15-20 minutes...
this prevents that yucky looking green-ish line around the yolk.  Ah....now I see!

So there you have it, a perfectly boiled egg in five easy steps:

1. Bring to a boil.
2. Bring to a simmer and cover; simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Ice bath for 2 minutes.
4. 5 eggs at a time in boiling water for 10 seconds.
5. Ice bath for 15-20 minutes.

Okay, here's how to peel those perfect eggs:

Gently crack the cooked and chilled egg all around.....

top, bottom, and sides....

Starting at the large end and holding the egg under a thin stream of cold water**, start peeling...

Now that's what I'm talking about!

I love it when I can peel the shell off in one large piece ~

**updateI saw a chef put her boiled, cracked eggs in a bowl of water for a few minutes.  The water seeps into the cracks and makes the eggs easier to peel.  I think this method will use less water!

So how did they turn out?

Nine of the ten eggs peeled PERFECTLY....

Except for this one....

He's a little stubborn, like me.

Store peeled eggs submerged in water, uncovered, in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Hard Boiled Eggs
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