Few things in the kitchen are more frustrating than peeling eggs. Seriously, who wants to take deviled egg to family Christmas party when they look like the dog took his share before you left the house?
For years, I did the same thing….. I bought eggs a week or so before I needed them so they would be “old enough” to peel properly. Then I'd boil, throw salt over my shoulder for luck and pray that the eggs would turn out decent enough to serve to guests.
Once we got chickens I quickly realized the week-old egg trick would not work. Turns out a week doesn't necessarily make eggs “old” when you compare them to store-bought. Store bought eggs can be anywhere from a few weeks to a month old when you buy them.
There's a better way to peel eggs, store-bought or fresh.
It turns out that salt I was throwing over my shoulder, I should have been putting to good use instead.
Easy-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Add salt and water to a pot large enough to hold the eggs. Use enough water so that the eggs are covered.
- Bring water to a boil and gently add eggs.
- Once water has returned to a boil, set a timer for 12 minutes for medium-sized eggs or 15 minutes for large eggs.
- Remove from heat, drain and put the eggs in an ice bath until they are cool.