Peel Eggs with Ease

Expert advice from Food Editor Karen Scales

Food Editor Karen Scales

Food Editor Karen Scales

DEAR KAREN: I have trouble peeling hard-cooked eggs without some of the white part coming off with the shell. How can I peel them easily?
—W.C., Tucson, Arizona

Older eggs are easier to peel than fresh eggs. The American Egg Board recommends storing fresh eggs for 7-10 days in the refrigerator before hard-cooking them. It’s also suggested that immediately after cooking thoroughly, cool eggs in a bowl of cold water.

When peeling, crack the shell all over by gently tapping the egg on a hard surface then roll the egg between your hands to loosen the shell. Peeling may be easier if you hold the egg under running water or submerge it in a bowl of water while removing the shell.

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