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How to Easily Peel Farm Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs

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Peel freshly laid hardboiled eggs with ease – without baking soda, or poking holes in them.

Written and lived by Stephanie Dayle.

ruined eggEver boiled up some eggs for a dish only to discover that you can’t peel them without destroying the egg? Then looked online to see an endless variety of experiments that range from trying to change the pH of the egg to poking little holes in them? Nonsense. Here are two time tested methods to easily peel hard boiled homegrown eggs, so easy they are often over looked. Are these new techniques? Nope. Just sharing it to those of you who may be struggling with this little quirk of  self-reliance.

Growing up with our own chickens these were and still are the only two methods we ever used. It took my college roommate to point out to me that I didn’t need to do this with store bought eggs because they always peeled well (because they are old).

I don’t know about you, but I do not have time to poke holes in all of my eggs with a needle or tack every time I want a batch of hard boiled ones so this is my first “go to” method.

The Hot Water Method

  1. Boil the eggs with medium high heat for 12 minutes (once it starts boiling I usually dial the heat back a bit).
  2. When the timer goes off immediately remove the pot of boiling water and chill the eggs by running cold water over them, or over them with ice and let them completely chill.
  3. Once cooled take one hardboiled egg and hold it under hot running water (but not skin scalding hot, use your commonsense) for just a few solid moments. Do not hurt yourself.
  4. Crack and quickly peel the egg. You must be quick – as the egg cools the inner membrane will stick to the egg again. You can also put a small group of eggs in a small bowl and fill it with hot water, then let them sit for a minute – just make sure to peel them quickly before the eggs start to cool.
  5. Repeat.

You can even delay peeling – take them to work as a snack, run them under hot water for a few good moments at work and peel them with ease there! Occasional yes, you will hit a snag but all in all this is a quick and easy no nonsense method and I would put my success rate at about 90% or better. If shell still sticks on one, well then – I am eating that one myself!


eggs in bowl


The Cracking Method

You could also just let your eggs sit for a couple of weeks then they would peel as easily as store bought eggs. But if you don’t have room for that or if you would like enjoy your farm fresh eggs while they are still “fresh” give this simple method a try.  I have used it in the past with almost as much success as the above method.

  1.  Boil the eggs with medium high heat for 12 minutes (once it starts boiling I usually dial the heat back a bit).
  2. When the timer goes off immediately remove the pot of boiling water and run cool water over them – just until you can safely grab them with your bare hands. While the eggs are still warm tap them up against the pot to crack them all over, be careful the eggs are still a little soft at this point. Not just once or twice, all over – the entire egg shell should be cracked.
  3. Let them cool the rest of the way in running cool water or in ice water.
  4. When completely chilled select an egg and peel it. If you experience any resistance – run the egg under hot water for a few moments.

TIP: If its Easter time and you color those cracked eggs with food coloring, while they are cracked, the coloring will stain through to the egg itself leaving a cool marbled design on your hard boiled eggs.

Enjoy your farm fresh eggs any time!




There are many articles on the internet about peeling farm fresh chicken eggs (in every which way), any similarities are merely a coincidence. 


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About the Author:

I am writer for the American Preppers Network, a small local paper and for my blog, The Home Front. I write articles based on my own experience about emergency preparedness, self-sufficiency, homesteading, food preservation and life around the farmstead. I grew up in a very rural area where I learned to garden, the art of canning, to hunt and fish, and to raise my own animals for food. Yes, families such as mine still do exist! I also spent 6 years volunteering for the local county Search and Rescue group where I learned a variety of survival skills and a little bit about law enforcement protocol. As a general principle do not write articles about information that I have only read - if I am writing about something it's because of I have done it myself and gone to great lengths to provide you with the facts. I also have a full time job with an hour commute - my alter egos are as a Marketing Director, and an amateur photographer. To connect with me --> click on one of the many little square social media buttons below!

5 Comments on "How to Easily Peel Farm Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs"

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  1. Survival Pro says:

    I used to peel eggs in the pot where I boiled it, I just add a bit of cold water to the hot water so it won’t burn my skin.

  2. Bill says:

    I boil the eggs, drain the hot water and fill the pan with cold water. Then I crack them on the counter, pull off the shell at the fat end where the air space is and use a teaspoon to separate the egg from the shell. Even if the egg sticks, the spoon gets the shell off, and it’s a lot faster than pulling the shell off by hand. A teaspoon fits the contour of the egg almost perfectly, and you can separate the entire shell from the egg with a little practice and then tear it off in one piece if you get good at it.

  3. Ga_Mtn_Lady says:

    Gee, I hope it works, I hope it works. I love making deviled eggs from my fresh from my chickens eggs but had never found a method that worked.

  4. John R says:

    Cook the egg anyway you want. Then wrap the top half with duct tape, then the bottom half, not overlapping, roll on a hard surface to crack the eggs, then pull the duct tape. Off comes the shells with the tape.

  5. Judy says:

    I steam my eggs for 20 minutes then put in cold water. They peel easily.