Easy Peel Farm Fresh Eggs


Anyone who has tried to boil and then peel a fresh egg, knows just how tedious a task it can quickly become.  We stopped buying store eggs about 3 years ago, we were able to get fabulous eggs from a nearby farm and we loved them (now we have garage chickens)!  Although it made boiled eggs a tricky task.  I could never get the shell to come off easily without taking most of the egg white with it.  I tried all the tricks I read online, cooking with vinegar, salt, and even poking the end of the shell with a push pin.  Nothing worked.

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A couple months ago we were visiting a friend who has a happy flock of chooks and she graciously served us boiled eggs.  I was extremely surprised at how easy the shell came off.  I asked her what her secret was….boiling water.  I didn’t quite believe her at first.  Could it have been that easy all along?


Heat a large pot of water to a rolling boil, with a large spoon gently place each egg into the pot of boiling water.  Cover and let the eggs continue cooking for 2 minutes in boiling water.  Turn heat off, and let sit covered for 20 minutes.  Drain, and submerge eggs in cool water.

Go on!  Peel an egg, and do a happy dance. 

Do you have any tips or tricks for making boiled eggs easy to peel?  

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Katie is a military wife and mother of 4 with 1 on the way. She is passionate about family, food and serving the LORD. By day you may find her changing diapers, folding laundry, home educating her older children, and cooking three meals a day with a baby on her hip next to a sink of dirty dishes. By night she writes and shares recipes, tips, and tutorials for economical, nourishing and simple gluten-free foods at Simple Foody.

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  1. says

    Awesome tip! I am going to try this! I just hope they don’t crack when I put them in. I agree with the reader above, the angeled eggs are rough with our fresh stuff…

  2. Janette says

    Thank you so much for this info! I tried this out this morning and my farm fresh eggs were so easy to peel it was amazing. I have tried using vinegar, salt etc and nothing works like this trick. Thanks for sharing I am going to tell my friends too.

  3. Christina says

    Like you, I was totally skeptical that it would work. I’ve been using this method regularly since then, even for eggs that aren’t farm fresh. Easiest peeling eggs ever!

  4. Rubye says

    I tried this method today on about 40 fresh eggs for a Christmas party. I only had about 3 that gave any issues and the egg yolks are beautiful. Some of my eggs were still warm from the hen when I slipped them into the boiling water. I am so glad that I researched this so thoroughly. Thanks so much for your advice….I will share it with all the chicken folks I know.



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