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How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel

A hard-boiled egg is a quick and healthy snack to bring on the go…if only it didn’t take ten minutes to peel the damn thing. We’ve got an easy trick to loosen the shell so it peels off in seconds. (And no, it doesn’t involve rolling the egg around on a wet paper towel.)

What you need: A teaspoon of baking soda.

What you do: Submerge the eggs in a pot of cold water, then add the baking soda to the water and cook as usual. (Cook on medium-high until the water boils, then cover, remove the pot from heat and let it sit for 8 to 10 minutes.)

Why it works: The baking soda makes the cooking water more alkaline, helping to loosen the bond between the albumen (fancy word for “egg whites”) and the shell’s inner membrane. So when you go to peel it, it comes right off.

And? No more sharp little shell pieces under your nails. Hooray!

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