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Food Science: Why Are Hard-Boiled Eggs So Hard to Peel?

There are a million and one tips out there for how to make a hard-boiled egg easier to peel, but far fewer on why eggs are so hard to peel in the first place. Let's take a look, shall we?
  • Summer Wright

    Add baking soda to the water when you hard boil eggs. It raises the pH of the water and makes them easier to peel by reducing the albumen's ability to stick to the shell. [I need to try this with our fresh eggs...]

  • Jo Lynn

    Easy peel for hard-boiled eggs - Add baking soda to the water when you hard boil eggs. It raises the pH of the water and makes them easier to peel by reducing the albumen's ability to stick to the shell. Nice tip!

  • joy lee

    If I liked hardboiled eggs... :) Tip: Add baking soda to the water when you hard boil eggs. It raises the pH of the water and makes them easier to peel by reducing the albumen's ability to stick to the shell.

  • Alicia Luna

    Add baking soda to the water when you hard boil eggs. It raises the pH of the water and makes them easier to peel by reducing the albumen's ability to stick to the shell. didn't learn that in food science!

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  • vera strumolo

    really? I made 3 doz. hard boiled eggs for 3 different recipes of deviled eggs. I tried this little trick-had THE WORST TIME peeling them. almost ALL of them ripped. don't try this!!!!

  • Ashley Lyons

    Try using a bunch of salt in the water when you boil eggs, works for me every time. But I do mean ALOT of salt. :D

  • Rita Burnette

    Didn't work on fresh eggs!

  • Jennifer Cruz

    I put 1 tsp of olive oil in the water with the salt and have NO PROBLEMS

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boil hazelnuts in baking soda and water (2 cups boiling water to 1 cup hazelnuts and 3 tablespoons baking soda) for a few minutes then immerse them in cold water before you peel the skins away

How to make perfect hard boiled eggs: When you put a 1/2 tsp of baking soda in your egg water, it changes the pH level & keeps the eggs from sticking to their shells. And the end result is gorgeous, easy to peel, perfect hard boiled eggs.

  • Cinda Justice

    So sorry Vera - it works for me, but still helps to crack the egg starting at the broad base.

  • Sue Slonski

    I always dump the hot water when done and add cold. let them sit for a few minutes, dump water again and add cold. i rarely have a problem, rarely.......

  • Cinda Justice

    You're right Sue - cold water definitely is best!

  • Sue Slonski

    I just made some and it worked perfect!

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Wish I'd found this pin earlier in the week. When making hard boiled eggs, adding 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the water will make your egg shells easier to peal! :)