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Make Your Boiled Eggs Easier to Peel with This Trick

A bowl of boiled eggs cut in half.

From deviled eggs to egg salad sandwiches, a good hardboiled egg is versatile. But sometimes this easy, delicious ingredient can take forever to prep. Attempting to peel a stubborn eggshell can leave you frustrated and short on time.

The next time you boil an egg, add a teaspoon of oil to the pot to make it easier to peel.

You can use vegetable oil, canola oil, or any oil you have in the kitchen. This trick will make peeling your eggs easier every single time.

How does this work? Eggshells consist of pores. Over time, air trickles into the shell causing the egg to dry out. When you add oil to the boiling water, it creates a slippery enclosure between the egg and the shell, making the hardboiled egg extremely easy to peel.

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Keep plenty of oil in your kitchen for savory cooking and effective egg peeling.

Normally oil and water don’t mix, but the process of emulsion helps these two liquids stick together. Next time you’re boiling an egg for a delicious meal, try out this unique trick that works wonders when trying to peel a difficult eggshell.

If you don’t have any oil on hand, you’ll likely have another pantry staple that will make your egg easier to peel.

Kelsey Opel Kelsey Opel
Kelsey Opel is a freelance writer and digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing for food, entertainment and mental health spaces. Off the clock, she loves indulging in an avocado margarita and chips and queso at her favorite Tex-Mex spot in town. Read Full Bio »
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