• Grace

      Thanks for stopping by Jerica. Glad this was helpful. Chickens are so much fun, and you can’t beat those yummy eggs!

  1. Kate Garrison

    WOW!!!! Thank you so much for this tip. After years and years of mutilating my Hard Boiled Eggs…this worked perfectly!

  2. This is great! When I share our freshly-laid eggs with other people, I feel I have to warn them that peeling will be a problem. Now I have a solution for myself and my neighbors.

  3. Laurie

    I came home from our local farmer’s market today with my first “fresh” eggs. I boiled some up to make egg salad, and couldn’t understand why I was losing half of the eggs while peeling them! I found your site, learned something new about fresh vs. store bought eggs and decided to try again using your suggestion. It’s going to take a little practice, but the ones I successfully “poked” were SO easy to peel and look perfect. Thanks for being out there :)

    • Grace

      Laurie, I’m so glad you came by! The “poking” part is a bit tricky at first! Enjoy those fresh eggs, and thanks for the nice comment. :)

  4. Maranda Burns

    Thank you so much for sharing this, I have always had so much trouble at pealing my girls fresh eggs. Now I will never have problems again thanks to you!

  5. Larry Wagoner

    Have you ever heard of putting vinegar in the boiling water then place fresh (that day) farm eggs in to boil and come out ‘easy peeling’..?

    • Grace

      Hi Larry, I have heard of it but I’ve never tried it. I tried adding salt and baking soda but neither worked well at all. If you try it let me know how it works!

      • Kathy

        The vinegar in the water will keep the white from seeping out into the water if you poke a little too far! I’ve used this method for quite a while now, especially when making deviled eggs.

  6. Marcie

    Thanks so much! I was shocked when our hens started laying and I stopped buying store bought eggs. I could not get a decent peeled egg! This worked wonderfully. Thanks again!

  7. Karen

    Just tried this with 30 eggs I bought at store yesterday as I’m making deviled eggs for Church supper. It worked wonderfully. I only poked through on 2 which wasn’t bad for my first time. They peeled so easily. Thank you, thank you.

  8. Jack and Karen

    I knew there was a way this could be done! I tried many different ways of boiling those great eggs but until I read your post,I like many others ended up scouping the eggs out of the shells(for egg salad). I tried that this morning with a dozen and a half fresh eggs to make my pickled eggs and beets(Thanksgiving is just around the corner) and every one came out perfect!(except 1 that my son broke the egg in half… accidently…He got to eat that one…) I really thank you over and over !!! I also called my mother about this and she had never heard of that and she is going to do that ,too.Thank you again and God bless you !!!

    • Grace

      Pickled eggs and beets sound GREAT! Glad this worked so well for you, especially on the first try! Have a great Thanksgiving.

  9. Jacqueline

    I just tried your egg method, and I am absolutely stunned at how easily my fresh hen eggs peeled. This also worked on my geese and duck eggs, which I’m sure you know are the most difficult to peel. I will have perfect deviled eggs for Thanksgiving now. Thank you so much for making my holidays a success!

  10. Kim Campbell

    I can not wait to try this!! I’ve been denying myself deviled eggs because my fresh eggs look like they’ve already been chewed! I’m tempted to go make a batch from today’s eggs just to try it!!

    • Grace

      Hi Scott, I haven’t tried this on soft boiled eggs, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work? I think it’s definitely worth a try! Thanks for stopping by and I hope this works. Grace

  11. Linea

    When I was a kid, that’s all we had, were the freshly laid eggs, since Granny & Grampa had laying hens. I remember always doing my hard boiled eggs in this manner, but still struggled with peeling them, so this is a great tip!

    As for soft-boiled eggs, Granny used to make them for me for breakfast when I stayed over & she would hit them in the center with a table knife & then scoop out the innards with a spoon. I don’t think we were all that fastidious about the way our soft boiled eggs looked, since they just tasted yummy!!!

    • Grace

      Thanks Linea, Freshly laid eggs are the best. It sounds like your Granny had the easiest and fastest way to eat a soft boiled egg without messing with the peel! Thanks for the tip and have a Merry Christmas. :)

    • Grace

      Hi Laura, You want to poke through the shell but no farther. You don’t want to puncture membrane inside the shell. The goal is to poke into the air pocket at the fat end of the egg.

  12. dl in atx

    I take no credit for this method, but it’s changed my life, at least as far as eggs are concerned. I had given up after poking, salting, and icing down the eggs. I now pressure cook my eggs. I have a Fagor Duo with high and low pressure settings.

    I put a steamer tray in my pan with 1/2-1 cup of water. I lay the eggs on top in a single layer. Lg eggs take 4 min @ low pressure (7-8lbs.), take them off the heat, let the pan stand for 4 min. before opening. Fresh or old eggs, they all come out so easy to peel and they are purfectly cooked. No fuss no muss. Soft boiled or medium cooked eggs take 2 or 3 min respectivly. With soft or med eggs use the quick release method to open the pan right away.
    For extra large eggs I cook for 5 min and stand 4 min. I put a link to the Hip Pressure Cooking website where you can find more details on the method.


  13. Thank you! I have struggled for the last three years to get my farm fresh eggs to hard boil CORRECTLY! This is the only method to work for me! They are beautiful and perfect! Thanks so much!

  14. Jocelyn

    I need 5 dozen deviled eggs in 2 days for a funeral reception and thought I would have to settle for ugly beat up eggs. I followed your directions and my husband and I just peeled the first batch and they’re perfect! I’ve never posted on a blog before…but I’ve never received such a great tip. Thank you.

  15. […] to peel the eggs right after boiling them while they’re still warm. I just found a post from Queen of the Red Doublewide where she dumps the eggs from the boiling water to ice water to have perfectly peeled eggs. […]

  16. Maggie

    Just tried this today and it worked perfectly! It made such a huge difference making beet pickled eggs. The last batch was so frustrating and just came out so ugly because half the whites were taken off with the shell :( I love being able to collect fresh eggs and now I can make nice gifts with them! Thanks so much for posting :)
    It didn’t work so well with the soft boiled eggs, though.

    • Grace

      Hi Maggie, I keep hearing about pickles eggs I’m going to have to try them someday. Thanks for the comment and that’s good to know about the soft boiled eggs!

  17. Sharon

    Thank you, Grace, for these amazing instructions. I prepared my fresh eggs – right out of the nest – following your instructions, and I could not be happier!! I had given up eating boiled eggs and they had been my favorite. My friends and family could not understand how I could not make deviled eggs with having lots of hens. My friends and family thank you, too!!

  18. Cathy Brown

    As new chicken owners, living on the edge of Galveston Bay, we are delighted with the entertainment and delicious eggs our four girls provide. This morning I googled “how peel/boil fresh eggs” and came across your suggestion. Worked like magic!! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

    • Grace

      You’re welcome Cathy, thanks for stopping by! Glad you are enjoying your chickens, now that I have chickens I can’t imagine life without them. I would certainly HATE going to the grocery store to buy eggs. :)

  19. Hello, QoftheRD

    Thanks for the info about eggs. We have 200 chickens, I use a lot of eggs, and peeling them has been the bane of my kitchen life!!

    Many blessing upon you in Christ!


    • Grace

      200 chickens!! I could see myself with 200 chickens. :) (don’t tell my husband I said that) Glad you stopped by Judy.

  20. Mary Hodge

    I just tried this idea. I used a ice pick since I had no thumb tacks. Worked perfect. My hubby will be so happy, he loves taking hard boiled eggs to work for his breakfast. Thanks so much!

  21. Peter

    It really works!!! I cannot believe that I will be able to enjoy farm fresh hard boiled eggs again!!! Thank you

  22. Peter

    also…to easily peel them, roll the egg on the counter top to loosen the shell…they peel like butter…so so easy.

  23. Lacy Arnold

    You’re a genius!!! I was so frustrated today after trying to peel eggs that were at least 1 week old. I have a method that usually works but I was having a horrible time. I did some research and came across your post. I used a new small embroidery needle to poke the eggs. All of the eggs turned out wonderful and I have NEVER been able to peel an egg so easy! Thank you for sharing. No more waiting for eggs to get old! Lol

  24. Deb

    Should eggs be at room temp? Does it matter if they have been in the fridge and are now cold; will the cold eggs break when placed in the boiling water?

    • Grace

      Hi Deb, I use cold eggs all the time and don’t have a problem with them breaking. The only time they break is when they hit the bottom of the pan to hard. But that would be my fault. :) Good luck!

  25. Deb

    Well today I experimented with both. A fresh egg from the nest and one cold one from the fridge. The cold one did not peel well and it went to my Dog. But the nest egg was just perfect. Neither egg broke in the boiling water but after soaking in ice water for probably a half hour, the cold egg had a mushy white but the yoke was done. And the shell stuck to the egg when trying to peel it.

    • Grace

      Well 1 out of 2 isn’t to bad. :) I have noticed that if I leave them in the ice water for more than about 15 minutes they are harder to peel. Thanks for your comments!

  26. Laura

    So excited to run across this fresh hard boiled egg trick! I was asked to bring my famous deviled eggs for the Memorial Day family BBQ and first thought was, oh no, how am I going to peel them? This worked 100%! I only poked thru 1 of my 15 eggs so feeling pretty proud of that. Every egg, even the poked one was perfect for deviled eggs. Not one shell stuck. I’m so excited and can’t wait to share this with all my fresh eggs customers. I have a large flock of 45 hens and 2 roosters. I see more deviled eggs and egg salad sandwiches in our future :) Thank you, thank you and God Bless.

    • Grace

      Hi Laura, So glad you had beautiful famous deviled eggs!! Can’t wait until my flock is that big. 😉 Thanks for the kind comment!

  27. Tricia

    Doesn’t work.
    I used to do the hole poke method on store-bought eggs which worked because those eggs were already “old” but nothing seems to work on my ORGANIC PASTURED eggs.

    • Grace

      Sorry it didn’t work for you, it works on my organic pastured eggs every time?? I have heard that steaming the fresh eggs works really well. You might try that??

    • beth

      our chickens are ‘organic’ pasture only as well and this works great for us – perhaps you are not doing it correctly?

  28. Tried it this morning with 2 normal eggs , poked them with perfection …OMG ! I couldn’t believe how easily they peeled and they looked and tasted superb in my egg salad :)

    Thanks Grace :)

  29. […] How to Cook and EASILY Peel Farm Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs … – First of all I want to mention that this method is not just for farm fresh eggs. Store bought or strait from the coop, your end result will be beautiful hard boiled eggs!… […]

  30. We use your method and it works great for store bought eggs. We have a device we found on Amazon that pokes a hole in the egg just the right depth. It’s so easy my husband boils and peels all of our eggs. – Margy

  31. Barb

    I steam eggs for about 12-15 minutes. I do put them in cold water after but have read that it’s not always necessary…just let them cool. They peel perfectly. If you know you are making deviled eggs the next day and want the yolks centered in the whites you can turn them on their side in the carton in the fridge the day before. Haven’t tried this.

  32. beth

    wow – you are a lifesaver. I had really given up on hard boiling our fresh eggs. this worked perfectly – thank you so much!

  33. Ulrike

    I remember my German grandmother doing this. Strange that I had forgotten, but I was looking for a way to forego the broken up eggs, and found your site. My grandmother even had a little tool that was shaped like a dairy product with the sharp little pin on the other side. Thanks for the reminder!

  34. What a wonderful tutorial. This will make my duck eggs SO much easier to peel. I also LOVE the way you showed where it was shared. I’ll have to try both. Copying is the greatest form of flattery. :)

  35. GEORGE


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