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Quick video: how to peel a hard-boiled egg

Published: January 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Learn how to peel a hard-boiled egg properly in just 20 seconds (watch the video above). The key is to have a bowl of water handy...

Step-by-step guide: how to peel a hard-boiled egg


1. Begin by tapping your hard-boiled egg gently on the worktop surface; then roll it backwards and forwards a few times using the palm of your hand.

2. Transfer to a deep bowl of water and, with the egg submerged, peel off the shell. It should come away in sizeable chunks.

3. Why not use your newfound skill in the recipe below (the same process applies for quails' eggs)?



20 minutes, makes 24, easy

quails’ eggs 24

white wine vinegar 1 tbsp

pink peppercorns 1 tbsp

sea salt flakes 3 tbsp


step 1

Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the eggs and vinegar. Boil for 2½ minutes and then cool in a bowl of cold water. Use a pestle and mortar or a spice mill to roughly grind the peppercorns and salt together. Pour into a small serving bowl and put on a platter. Peel half the shell off the eggs and serve with the salt for dipping.

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