How to "Peel" Hard-Boiled Eggs Without Peeling


The baking soda is optional, but if you choose not to use it, be sure to move the eggs to cold water (use ice) immediately after boiling. Blow from the tip to the broader base for faster de-shelling.

My preferred eggs are Gold Circle Farms cage-free DHA Omega 3 eggs, which contain 150 mg of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) per whole egg. If you want to increase lean muscle mass, consider eating the yolks for their DHA and arachidonic acid content…

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Posted on: July 2, 2008.

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242 comments on “How to "Peel" Hard-Boiled Eggs Without Peeling

  1. I’ve been doing this for years until I learned of something even simpler… Boil the water first, then put the eggs into the pan (I use a long spatula/spoon). 20 minutes later, you can let the eggs cool and then peel. The peel comes right off, you don’t have to blow on them or mess with ice. It’s so easy. Works every time for me!


    • That’s great, but please clarify – – put eggs into already boiling water, that’s clear. BUT – – then you turn the heat OFF, and just let them sit in the water for 20 minutes WITH NO FURTHER HEAT ADDED???

      Is this correct? Thanks!


  2. If you don’t need whole eggs there is an easier and faster way. Hold the egg with one hand on it’s side. Take a table knife (not sharp in case you miss) in the other hand and give the egg a swift (not slow–this is important) whack to cut the egg in half. Then take each half and run the knife between the shell and the egg and the egg will pop out.


  3. This is even better than I expected. We have chickens, so our eggs are very fresh. I’ve tried this method with eggs I’ve held for a couple of weeks, and I’ve tried it with eggs 2 days out of the chicken. I’ve tried it with just-cooked eggs, and I’ve tried it with eggs I boiled a few days ago. It always works! I can’t always blow quite hard enough to expel the egg, but I can hear the membrane pull away, and then it peels off easily. Love it–thank you!


  4. It took millions of years for human beings to discover this neat, little trick! Hurrah for us! BUT, I really do not want someone else to blow into my egg shell and catch the cooked fetus in their hand. This seems rather unsanitary, to say the least. Anyhow, I prefer to peel my own egg the old-fashioned way, thank you. I am not in THAT much of a rush to save the world with the time I have saved by blowing into an eggshell. And actually, the art of peeling an egg, like the art of pouring tea (Zen-style) can be most meditative. Unless, of course, the egg shell refuses to peel off neatly, or you spill hot tea all over your kimono!


  5. A person who is preparing the eggs can wash their hands but they can’t sanitize their mouth which is filled with germs. I wouldn’t put them in the fridge for the next day and leave time for bacteria to grow on the protein rich eggs…If you are going to eat the eggs right away, I’d say no problem except…..

    There is the possibility that the egg blower person is coming down with a cold or virus and is at the moment symptom free… They are going to blow lots of flu/virus contagious germs onto the eggs…This is a risk I’m totally willing to take if I am in a kissing relationship with someone and possibly in other circumstances too…. But….

    I’m not sold on this entire method…. Maybe someone should make an Egg Blower kitchen appliance…..


  6. Fine if it is me blowing the egg out for my personal meal but I don’t think I would like to have someone else blowing out eggs for salads or deviled eggs for me to eat. ICK!!! How healthy is that?


    • I tried this…It works. But I had the same thought. So what I do now is, once cracked on both sides…I use a large mouth plastic juice bottle, with a seal to blow it out. Also, if you want to separate whites from yokes…use a flexible small mouth plastic bottle and suck the yoke out…PS…Don’t through the Whites out, they’re Egg Beaters and if frozen go well with stuffing, as a expander/filler.