The best kitchen tips are usually passed along from friends, or parents, or—if you work in an office with an always-bustling test kitchen—from colleagues.
And such is the case with eggs. We all learned to cook them from someone, somewhere; they're personal, they're nostalgic, and also pretty genius. But make no mistakes—they can be finicky, and, when hard-boiled, a real pain to peel.
Enter one of our own, Blake, with his trick for the perfect way to peel a hard boiled egg, gleaned from the kitchen of Blue Hill where he used to work. We tried it immediately, and tested it a whole bunch of times, and we've never looked back. What followed was a whole new world—and some massively upgraded deviled eggs.
So, here, without delay, is the absolute cleanest, most pain-free way to peel a hard boiled egg, no blowing or wooden cane required.
This post originally ran in 2014. We've refreshed it now because this skill will never go out of style.
Have another way to perfectly peel an egg? Let us in on your secret in the comments below!
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I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.