The Magic Trick for Peeling Eggs

In June we traveled to Wisconsin and went to our nieces graduation party.  While there Hubby’s sister told us about a new technique she had tried for making hard boiled eggs.  I had seen the same suggestion on the internet somewhere but thought it was just a gimmick but last week when I tried it, I found out it’s completely true.

I actually did this with the childcare kids and they thought it was the coolest.

First start off by boiling your eggs.  I boil mine for 7 minutes then put them in cold water.


From there we took a small jar.  A pint sized canning jar would work but I was working with the childcare kids didn’t want to use a glass container.  Instead I had a plastic “jar” with a screw on cap.  The container was originally a beef soup base container.

We took our container and put about an inch of water in the bottom of the container.


We put the lid on and then we shook it.  It only takes a few shakes but the childcare kids wanted to shake and shake and I let them.  The shaking sound actually changes a little once the egg is ready to peel.


I figured the egg shell would be all tiny little pieces but it wasn’t.  I had cracked in a few places but it was far from shattered.  The peel comes off just like magic.  PERFECTLY!!


The kids and I did this whole entire pan of eggs and they all peeled perfectly.  Honest-they all peeled perfectly!!  There wasn’t a single bit of egg that came with the peel EVER!  I couldn’t believe it.


I am well know to make hard boiled eggs when we go places.  I’m also known for making potato salad.  I make them because they are always a cheap side salad.  Being I work from home it’s easy for me to boil the eggs during the day and finish the eggs up after hours.

If you have kids or grand kids I highly recommend doing this with them.  The kids truly had a blast.  Doing it with a group of kids is a great way to practice taking turns.

We did put two eggs in one time and it just didn’t work with our container….Give this a try.  I am sure you will love it as much as I do!!

10 thoughts on “The Magic Trick for Peeling Eggs”

  1. My daughter told me about this when there in May, and I have been doing it ever since. It is amazing that it works perfect almost every time. If eggs are too fresh it may not work quite as well. A great tip!

  2. I have been using this trick, and it works great! I have to disagree about potato salad being cheap; what with the price of potatoes, eggs, and salad dressing, it has gotten to be more expensive! I know you probably have a cheaper source for the eggs and potatoes.

  3. Janinne Garrett

    I add baking soda to the water when I oil eggs and that helps, unless the eggs are too fresh! I’ll have to give this a try though! Care to share your potato salad recipe?

  4. I’m not sure how old your daycare kids are… have you tried scrambling eggs in the shell? That project kept my youngest two busy for a looong time. And we only broke two raw eggs in the process. :-)

  5. I just have to try this! My daughter will love this. She hates to peel eggs. Maybe not now. Thanks so much and I always ready your blog posts.

  6. I have been shaking my eggs to peel for years, only I cook mine differently. I place my eggs in the pot – add cold water to cover – bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes – shut the burner off and leave on the stove for another 10 minutes – drain the water – and leaving the eggs in the pot, I shake it back and forth like crazy to crack the shells. I then add cold water and leave the eggs to cool down. I used to go mad trying to peel hard boiled eggs and this works 99% of the time.

  7. Just tried this method today and it works great! My DH loves it. He was about to give up making hard boiled eggs altogether.

  8. I read this to my husband while reading your blog. So tonight he was peeling eggs & had trouble with the first one & said what was that trick you told me the other day. So I told him & wow we wish we would have known that years ago. Works wonderfully!

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