How to Peel a Hard Boiled Egg with the Crack and Roll Method

Love hard boiled eggs but not a fan of the preparation? Cracking and peeling hard boiled eggs can be dicey as the shell often clings to the membrane making the situation messy and possibly just downright annoying. Here’s a painless method that is not only mess-free but downright delicious.

Steps

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    Fill a bowl of water with cool water. The bowl should be large enough to hold all the eggs but also allow the eggs to be covered completely by the water.
    • Consider using a Tupperware container instead of a bowl so you can top it with a lid for easy storage in the refrigerator.
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    Place hard boiled eggs in container filled with water. Make sure all the eggs fit underneath the water.
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    Allow eggs to sit in the water for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. You want the water to soak the hard shell, which will allow it to move away from the egg membrane.
    • For best results, place bowl in refrigerator while eggs soak.
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    Remove egg from water bath and pat dry. You don’t have to dry it completely but just remove excess water so it doesn't slip from your fingers.
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    Tap egg against the hard surface and then lay on the counter (on its side). Eggshell should be slightly cracked but not broken.
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    Roll egg back and forth over the surface. Perform this motion once or twice.
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    Peel away shell to reveal the hard boiled egg. Shell should come apart in one or two clean pieces. Egg should be moist.

Things You’ll Need

  • Bowl of cool water
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Clean, hard surface

Tips

  • Peel eggs as needed and store remaining eggs in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.
  • Eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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