How Egg-Barrassing

Is it just me or is everyone on the Internet telling you how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg?  Yes, even me.

Which is why I laughed when I made a batch of hard-boiled eggs and they told me to SUCK IT!   (i didn’t really laugh till I thought it would make a funny post.  I mostly cursed a blue-streak)

Exhibit A:

hard boiled eggs gone wrong

Even Dexter was giving those eggs the side-eye.

Exhibit B:

hard-boiled egg gone wrong

Is it so hard to give me gorgeous eggs JUST ONCE?!  Sheesh.

For the record, I think most hard-boiled eggs turn out like this and I wanted to keep it real and show you just how these badboys one-upped me by refusing to release their blasted membrane. My hope is that one day, when you read a chirpy tutorial, and see the amazing pics that make you feel inadequate, you’ll know what really happens more often than not.

That’s what I get for doing a chirpy tutorial…




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  1. Okay so I know there are a dozen tips on how to boil and peel eggs out there but the only one I know to work most of the time is to buy your eggs a week -10 days in advance (like we all plan that far ahead). I just keep a special hard boiled egg carton. Eggs have a very long shelf life so they will still be fine. There is your free, for what it’s worth tip for the day. Good luck.

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      HA! Yep, I utilized that tip. Always use old eggs. These must have been old cantankerous eggs. Dang-blasted. But, I appreciate you wanting to help a granny out. Thanks!

  2. I have not tried it myself, but I have lots of friends who had fantastic luck with steaming eggs at Easter. Mommy fail….we never decorated eggs at Easter. Time just got away from us. But, I did buy a dying kit on clearance and soon it will hopefully be a Saturday afternoon activity.

  3. Don’t worry, I have THE SECRET: use a pressure cooker to steam the eggs. Only takes about 5 minutes. Directions here:


  4. The only way I get mine to peel right is if I boil older eggs ( had ’em for a week or so ) and then peel almost right afterwards. They never peel right if I do them on another day, heck no! 🙂

  5. Well of course I have to throw in my opinion! I boil eggs every week for Grampy’s tuna/egg sandwiches that he want for lunch (EVERY DAY! He is so weird! I can’t eat anything that often! but it does make life easy). I don’t use old eggs – didn’t know I was supposed to. I do put them in ice water when they are cooked so that the yolks stay yellow. Then when I want to peel them, which I sometimes don’t do the same day, I run them under hot water. It seems to make them contract a bit in their shells and they peel pretty good. Never do they all come out perfect but pretty close. Worth trying!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Definitely worth trying because….DID YOU SEE THE HORRIBLE NO GOOD EGGS?! Lol!

      • Yes, I did see them! I once accidentally froze a peeled hard boiled egg. About the only thing uglier! I used it in one of those photo games where you ask “what is it?” No one knew!

  6. You are too funny! When I saw your photo I actually starting choking on my Diet Coke – we’ve all been there with eggs!!! Once, when I particularly horrible batch for deviled eggs and thought I’ll eat the really whites and just the good ones. Surprise, surprise, I wound up with all filling and no whites! Thanks for sharing this, a good smile for the end of the day. 🙂

  7. Sally Kabak says:

    Have eggs that often look like yours so please don’t feel you are alone.

    The secret to hard boiling eggs is to let them boil just a few minutes, turn off the stove & let the water cool. It does make peeling easier & not nearly as many ugly looking eggs. My free tip of the day 🙂

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      It seems like I’ve tried all the tips, but you never know what you’re gonna get. Thanks for the new tip!

  8. Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick says:

    How you cook them isn’t as important as shocking them in ice water immediately after taking them off the stove. THAT is the trick. No additives to the water required. Easy peasy!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      That is what i always do! I usually add water from the fridge and throw ice in for good measure. WHYYYY?! lol

      • Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick says:

        The reason this works is because there membranes inside the eggshell that are shocked by the sudden temperature change between the boiling water/steamand the ice water and when the membranes are shocked, they pull away from the side of the shell. 🙂

  9. I thought it was truly nuts that people were posting tutorials on boiling eggs — until one of my daughters (nearly 30 years old!) called to ask me how to make hard-boiled eggs. Could. Not. Believe. It. Guess I didn’t teach all I was supposed to. Thankfully, you can find ANYthing on the web.

    Thanks for linking to the GRAND Social!

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      You really can find ANYthing! And don’t feel bad, there’s lots of stuff that fell in the cracks at my house…

  10. Teehee …. I so am laughing so hard!! That is so how my egg’s always turn out.

  11. Sorry about the eggs, but thanks for the laugh!

  12. The only time my eggs turn out like this is when I get them fresh, what I do is add in salt and vinegar when the water is boiling, add eggs cook for 10 min let set for 5 min boom perfecto eggs 😉

  13. Haha, you sound like a fun person to know.

  14. Sheryl Thompson says:

    Heavily salt the water you boil them in and they will peel much easier!

  15. Lori Lentz says:

    Okay so I’m a little late on a comment here but I found if I peel starting from the top (pointy end) it breaks the membrane (uck) and they always peel flawlessly.

  16. The only reason we boil eggs around here is to turn them in to not pretty food. At least I am not the only one that has eggs turn out like this lol..

    Stopping by from the weekend party

    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      Ha! I appreciate the bad-lookin’ egg kinship. Also, on behalf of my family to yours, thank you for your service.

  17. Hey! I know those eggs! Thanks for the honesty! I thought I was the only one who couldn’t get it right! I am a new blogger and for every great shot I take, I have 200 awful ones. I’m glad to know that it’s not just me! 🙂

  18. I have the answer!!! Put about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in the water before you boil the eggs. It has something to do with the ph of your water. I’ve tried everything (old eggs, ice water, etc) and nothing worked until I tried this.

  19. I always find it easier if you let them cool completely before peeling


    • Mrs. Tucker says:

      I can’t believe everyone has a method that works best for them, but there isn’t one universal method that works!

  20. I hard boiled eggs this morning, and the one I cracked open actually worked. I’m not sure why sometimes they work and sometimes they stick; however, I’ve had better success by running cold water over the egg and then cracking the ends first.

  21. I have boiled eggs the same way for years… sometimes they shell perfect, sometimes not. found you on cookn’ for seven dwarfs savory and sweet Sunday.

  22. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Social at Call Me PMc ~Paula

  23. Miriam Delarosa says:

    Mine come out the same way

  24. Sande Sivani says:

    You are hilarious!! I think getting perfect to peel boiled eggs is all about “how you hold your wrists when you put them in the pan.” My husband says he can’t figure out why he can never peel an egg without losing half of it so I bought him some of those AS SEEN ON TV “EGGIES.” They are little plastic egg shaped forms that twist apart in the middle. you open them up, lightly oil the inside, break the eggshell and put the raw egg inside and screw the top on. You them boil them for 7-8 minites and then run under cold water until cool. When you take the form off, you have a great boiled egg. Works for him and he gets the whole egg.

  25. I have never made a successful batch of hardboiled eggs. I have tried with every blog/Pinterest trick known to wo(man). I can make a soufflé but not a stinking egg!!

  26. Oh I have been there!

  27. Oh my, yes!! Perhaps this is why I have never even attempted to make deviled eggs because I knew that if I did… THIS! Yesterday, I was in a rush, and had no time to eat breakfast before running out the door so I pulled a hardboiled egg out of the fridge and had such a horrible time peeling it that I ended up eating part of the shell! It was par for the course for my morning so I just kept chewing and swallowed it shell and all. Thanks for baring the truth on this issue 😉


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