No Cracks, Easy Peel, Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

No Cracks, Easy Peel, Perfect Hard Boiled

How many hard boiled eggs will you be boiling for Easter? I know I will be hard boiling my share of eggs to decorate this year for Easter. I like at least a dozen per person for dyeing. Decorating eggs is another fun family tradition. Besides, I love hard boiled eggs. They are such a quick, easy, portable snack. Deviled eggs are something I tend to make only in spring and I am looking forward to them. I have had plenty of hard boiled eggs that have that green ring around the yolk. In fact, growing up, I thought that is how they are supposed to be. I didn’t know that the green ring means they are overcooked. Once I tasted a perfectly hard boiled egg, I knew I could never go back to dry, crumbly yolks. But no matter how hard I tried, I got the timing wrong and ended up with the green ring. Over the years, I have found a technique that I believed to be perfect. Then I found this pin and tried it, and now there is a new tool in my bag of cooking tricks.

The first step to no cracks, easy peel, perfect hard boiled eggs is to lay a clean white cotton kitchen towel in the pot. I got this tip from my amazing mother-in-law (I have mentioned before how good she is at all things homemaking. She raised her 5 kids on a farm where she grew, canned, cooked and sewed everything herself! She even made her own Easter candy!). The towel acts as a cushion for the eggs so when the water boils the eggs don’t jostle and knock against each other and get cracks. You can do a lot of eggs in a large pot this way if you lay the towel in between layers of eggs. I like this when I am making a lot of eggs for Easter. I can do a large batch, and they come out perfect for dyeing.Place a clean white cotton kitchen towel in pot to cushion eggs so they won't crack

Fold the towel over the eggs and fill the pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Here is the new Pinterest tip I learned from The Kitchn via Pinterest. Add 1/4 tsp baking soda to the water. The Kitchn explains how it changes the pH level and makes them easier to peel. One quarter tsp added to water to boil eggs @madefrompinterest.netBring the water to a rolling boil. Not just bubbling, but rolling. As soon as it gets to a rolling boil turn off the heat and leave the eggs in the pan of water until cooled. Drain the water and your done. Perfect for Easter egg dyeing. I like to make enough for a week, peel them all at once and store in a ziploc bag for a quick snack on the go. I find that if I start peeling at the end where there is a bubble of air, it helps get under the skin and peeling goes easier. I compared eggs boiled with and without baking soda and found baking soda did make a difference.

Get crackin’ and enjoy your eggs.

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  1. Thanks so much for testing this out! I’ve got to pin this because I can never seem to get my hard boiled eggs just right! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have never heard of that towel trick. Course my luck it would burn. I would have to be really careful. I did try the baking soda thing once and I don’t think it worked for me. But maybe I will try it again. One of my aunts said to use old eggs, that those are better.

    • Suzyhomemaker, the towel is wet, so it doesn’t burn. Thanks for coming by. It is always so fun to get a comment. Sherri

  3. Fantastic! I always seem to get a few ‘ugly’ ones every time I boil eggs. I’ll have to try these tricks next time…

  4. I never heard of the towel trick or the baking soda either. I’ll have to try that. A few always crack for me too. We love hard boiled eggs too.

    • Sue, I am tickled to hear from you again. It is nice to hear you like these tips. Hope you find them as useful as I have. Sherri

  5. I tried the baking soda trick and found it didn’t work for me. I was wondering if our hard water had anything to do with it (also used older eggs).

    • Mrs. Tucker, sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. I have read on various sites and some recommend 1/4 tsp of baking soda and others all the way up to 1 tsp. Maybe try increasing the amount. Also, it is hard to tell whether it makes a difference unless you boil one batch of eggs with and one without from the same dozen eggs and compare. My mom taught me that if the eggs are cold it helps to run them under warm water before peeling. That also helps loosen the film beneath the shell that seems to not want to let go. Hope this helps. Sherri

  6. I am definitely trying this trick! Very Smart Thanks for stopping by,

  7. Hmmmm, I’ve always used the baking soda trick but never heard of the towel trick! Love the idea of using the towel to keep the eggs from jostling around! Thanks for the tips!

    • The towel idea is pretty nifty, especially if you are going to be decorating eggs and don’t want any cracks.

  8. You can wipe up the xounter afterwards with a germ free warm wet towel :)

  9. The length of time the eggs are cooking seems imprecise as the time from boiling to ‘cool’ would depend heavily on the size of the pot and water level. Good enough for Easter eggs or a very hard egg, but for something less firm or doing a few eggs in small pot vs dozens in large pot, just too variable. Others have also said to use a cake tester to poke a hole (in bubble end) to let the expanding gas to escape. Towel, baking soda, poking all helped me, none 100% tho.

    • I leave the times imprecise exactly because with the difference between batches, it is so variable depending on the amount of eggs or size of pot, or type of stove. By watching the water for a rolling boil and waiting until the water has cooled, I find the method fits any size pot, any amount of eggs. Glad it helped a bit, Walter. I had not heard of the cake tester tip! I will check that out. Glad to hear from you.


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