Nothing's more frustrating than attempting to peel a hard-boiled egg only to pick at it and accidentally remove the egg white. If you're like many, this has most likely happened on many occasions and you're probably ready to swear off boiled eggs forever. However, it is possible to flawlessly peel hard boiled eggs every time. No, we're not talking about the "blowing a hard-boiled egg out of its shell" trick, (sidenote: the YouTube videos make it look easier than it actually is). When it comes to removing the shell from a boiled egg, it's all about technique and timing.
There is an explanation behind why you can't get off the shell without tearing it to its core. When proteins in the egg are exposed to heat, they turn from liquid to solid--obviously. Since proteins are sticky, they adhere to shells membrane which makes it difficult to peel the egg. In addition, the pH level of eggs is a factor in their peelability. Specifically, eggs with a lower pH are more sticky than those with a higher level. Fresher eggs have a lower pH than older ones making them difficult to peel. Now that you understand why hard boiled eggs can be such a bother to peel, let's look at some methods that make this process easier.
Yes, it is possible to peel six eggs in 41 seconds. You don't need to be a magician to accomplish this either.
Steaming takes less time than boiling because there's less water that needs to be heated. Additionally, it is a little gentler than boiling. With steaming, the egg whites do not get too hot and adhere to the shell.
Gently rolling a cooked egg on a hard surface is said to help loosen the membrane from the egg white. All you have to do is crack the egg, roll it, and proceed to remove the shells under running cold water. If you're skeptical about this method, try it out for yourself. Many swear by this hack to easily peel away egg shells.
Like explained earlier, older eggs have a higher pH than fresher ones, which makes them less sticky and easier to peel. Therefore, when shopping for eggs be sure to pay close attention to the three-digit lot number that will list a consecutive day of the year on which the eggs were packed. For example, a lot number that reads 365 means that the eggs were packaged on December 31 and a number that says 001 means that the eggs were packed on January 1.
We're not talking about cuddling with a boiled egg (unless that's your thing). We're talking about an easy hack that involves a spoon to help remove the shell from the egg white. Specifically, all you have to do is crack the egg, tear off a piece of the shell, insert a spoon in the opening, and rotate the egg. This genius trick will ensure that you are able to peel the egg all in one piece.