A boiling start for 30 seconds to a very gentle simmer for 13 minutes, then an ice bath at the end makes perfect, easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs.
How do you get boiled eggs to peel easily?
Once they are cool enough to handle, fill another clean bowl with room temperature water, and submerge the eggs, one at a time. Using the edge of the bowl to knock them, you can now start cracking the shell. Do this gently, so as to not break the freshly boiled egg entirely in half.
Why are my hard-boiled eggs hard to peel?
The fresher the eggs, the harder they are to peel. This is because the egg white or “albumen” in a fresh egg has a relatively low pH level, making it acidic. When cooked, these fresh egg whites bond strongly to the inner shell’s membrane.
Why do my boiled eggs stick to the shell?
Add eggs after the water boils.
The problem with starting your eggs out in cold water is that the gradual change in temperature causes the egg’s proteins to stick to the membrane of the shell more than when dropped in hot water.