Hard-boiled eggs are truly versatile delights. They can be pickled, marinated, deviled, turned into a plethora of salads, and eaten on their own with simple seasonings. Yet, there is one aspect of hard-boiled eggs we do not like to deal with: peeling their outer shells. Thankfully, to counteract this, we found a hard-boiled egg hack that is going to change our lives.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, adding ½ teaspoon of baking soda to a liter (about 4 cups) of water will make peeling your eggs a breeze. That's because the baking soda raises the pH of the eggs, weakening the bond between the egg white and shell. So when you go to peel the egg, the shell should effortlessly come off.
The baking soda won't affect the taste of the eggs, but it should make the peeling process quicker and easier.
As a bonus tip, via America's Test Kitchen on YouTube, we also learned that placing your eggs in 1 inch of boiling water is better than starting them off in cold water. Since the boiling water causes the egg white to pull away from the shell's membrane, this also makes the egg's shell easier to peel off.
Now that we've got our peeling down to a science, we're off to make some egg salad sammies.
Anna is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle and design content for Hunker. She's written for Apartment Therapy, the L.A. Times, Forge, and more. She previously worked as the lifestyle editor at HelloGiggles and deputy editor at So Yummy. Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org