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How to easily peel the freshest eggs

If you have ever gathered eggs from your hens in the morning with the hope of hard boiled eggs for lunch, then you will surely want to take a look at how easy it is to peel those eggs.
The eggs pictured in the photo were cooked the same day they were laid.

  1. Have the eggs at room temperature.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a full boil.  Be sure to have a large enough pot to have several inches of water covering your eggs when they are in the pot.
  3. Place eggs into a large sieve, a few at a time and very gently place them in the pot.  Do not let them drop, hitting the bottom as this could cause the eggs to crack. You could use a spoon to place them but to ensure they are all cooked evenly, you want to get them all into the pot relatively quickly. 
  4. Set the timer for 15 minutes, continuing to boil eggs. Stir the eggs ever so gently every few minutes to keep the yolks centered.
  5. While the eggs boil, prepare a bowl with ice cubes.  At the end of 15 minutes, drain eggs and dump them into the bowl with ice.  Cover with water.  Stir to be sure all the eggs are being chilled evenly.   
  6. Once the eggs have cooled, tap the wider end to crack it and peel.   


  1. Good information...thanks :)

    Can you do store bought eggs the same way?

  2. I do this,only I dont stir them,never heard of that and my yolks are always in where they should be!Lol!And never 15 mins seems so long.I do 8-9 mins.But I do the ice bath etc.So why do my eggs NOT peel well most times?Is it the less cooking time?Though they come out cooked beautifully.

    1. Yes, for years I had hit and miss success peeling eggs -- when I switched to cooking longer, I am "lucky" all the time.

  3. I'm a fairly new convert to steaming. Works each and every time - slick as a whistle. I raise my own chickens and eggs from the night's gathering peel perfectly well next morning. I put the eggs in a steamer basket and cook them, covered, for 15 min. Then ice water bath, as you say. I do the same for 7 min. eggs for those of us who like a runny yolk.

  4. I just recently discovered if I tap the large end first, the eggs were so easy to peel....thanks for confirming my theory.

  5. This is very helpful information Lovella! Who knew that you could peel fresh hard boiled eggs this easily! Thanks for your tips.

  6. Nice instructions, Lovella. I often have trouble with the shell not coming off an egg cleanly and ruining the white portion of the egg. I will try your ice bath method after boiling them next time!

  7. This seems very strange to me. Why the sieve if they are put into boiling water? Why are the yolks not green after 15 min? Or is the trick the ice water?

  8. After years of saving up "old" eggs to boil, I followed these directions exactly today, and it worked perfectly! Thank you.


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