Hard Boiled Eggs

(UPDATE 4-1-21: follow this recipe instead! It works way better: Hard Boiled Eggs in a Pressure Cooker — WIN!)

Finally, hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel every time!

It drives me crazy that hard boiled eggs are sometimes  easy to peel and sometimes it’s a horrible mess. I’ve tried several methods with spotty success but I think Jenny Chang at BuzzFeed figured it out using the scientific method in her article I Tested Out Popular Tricks To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier To Peel! I’ve used this method 3 times with excellent success. Read her article! Short form:

  • Don’t worry about how old your eggs are
  • Add 1 tbsp of vinegar to about 4 cups of water
  • add eggs to boiling water and cook for 14 minutes
  • chill immediately (I refill the pot with cold water twice)
  • peel as soon as cool


  1. Peter says:

    Steamed eggs are ridiculously easy to peel. 1/2″ water in a pan, bring to boil, eggs in a steamer basket, steamer basket into pan, cover. 7 minutes for soft boiled, 9 minutes for hard boiled. Shell peels away quite easily.

  2. lee says:

    Peter, I’ll try it!

  3. Lee says:

    I ended up with my favorite being pressure cooked eggs.

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