How to remove the shell from an egg?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘How to remove the shell from an egg?’. We will inspect the steps we could take to remove the shell from an egg. We also study an in-depth method that will prepare boiled eggs with easily removable eggshells.

How to remove the shell from an egg?

To remove the shell from an egg, knock it against a hard surface to make a crack land at the center. Roll the egg on a flat surface and remove all the shell pieces. 

For a more efficient way to remove the shell from an egg, let the egg sit in an ice bath or proceed to peel under running water. There are other measures you need to take before you proceed to cook the egg. 

Let us look at some tried and tested methods that will make the egg peeling process a piece of cake:

1.Use Salt

Use salt while you boil the egg, which will make it easier for you to peel it after. Some of the salt will go through the shell, which makes it easy to peel.

Adding vinegar also helps to remove the shell easily by softening it. 

2.Use Old Eggs

Before you cook your hard-boiled eggs, try to use ones that are not fresh. 

The egg white sticks to the eggshell if you are using a recently-hatched egg. Fresh eggs are more acidic than old eggs, which makes the egg white stick to the eggshell.  

3.Give it a bath

Using an ice bath will work the best. Ice bath brings about a sudden change to the egg temperature that causes the membrane to lose its ability to stick to the shell.

Instead of using an ice bath, you could resort to peeling the egg under running water. Water assists in breaking apart the shell from the egg.

4.Use Baking Soda

Use a teaspoon of Baking soda to raise the pH of fresh eggs. Some of the soda perforates the eggshell and causes the peel to loosen. As the eggs become less acidic, the egg will be easy for you to peel.

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How long can Boiled Eggs stay out?

For clarity on how to make eggs whose shell comes off easily, follow the steps below:

  1. Place a raw egg, preferably one that is not fresh, into a saucepan. 
  2. Fill it with water until it reaches the top of the egg.
  3. Add a tablespoon of salt and put the pan on high heat.
  4. Let the water boil, then turn off the stove and put the lid to cover the pan.
  5. Let the egg sit in the hot water for 13 minutes.
  6. Now put the egg in the ice water bath or peel under running water.
  7. Crack the shell and ensure that the crack is as big as it can be.
  8. Remove the egg shell carefully in large chunks.
  9. You could give the egg an occasional dip to get rid of the slivers that might have stayed intact.
  10. The egg is now ready to be served. If you do not intend to eat eggs within 2 hours, be sure to refrigerate immediately.

Some bonus information relevant to cooking and eating hard-boiled eggs:

Boiled eggs stay good for 4 days only; they have a shorter life, regardless of being peeled or unpeeled.

The reason being that even if the eggshell is intact, its protective layer comes off when boiled. Loss of the outer cover makes the egg porous. In turn, this causes bacteria from the air to come in contact with the inside.

Boiled eggs spoil prematurely on two grounds; either being contaminated with Salmonella in their raw state and not being stored at a cool temperature.

However, if you intend to consume boiled eggs soon enough, do not refrigerate them. Refrigeration will hinder the peels from coming off.

The reason that you add salt when you boil an egg, is to solidify some of the egg protein. You could use either sea salt or pink salt. 

Why are boiled eggs one of the best ways to get some of the essential nutrients?

Boiled eggs are one of the healthiest ways to eat eggs. There is no added fat to it, and; is easy to prepare. 

 Health Professionals recommend eating 1 or 2 eggs per day owing to their packed nutrients. The saturated fats or cholesterol are present in only the egg yolk, while the egg white is protein-packed. 

Eggs contain all the amino acids that are required to synthesize protein, according to the FDA. It also has vitamin D and Choline. Vitamin D contributes to calcium absorption and protects against bone diseases.

Choline optimizes your brain health by producing neurotransmitters. According to the National Institute of Health, choline in eggs boosts your mood and memory.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘How to remove the shell from an egg?’. We inspected the steps we could take to remove the shell from an egg. We also studied an in-depth method that will prepare boiled eggs with easily removable eggshells.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.