Awhile ago, I stumbled across a tutorial on Pinterest for hard boiling eggs. The eggs are always cooked to perfection, with beautiful yellow fluffy yolks. The only problem I was having was peeling the shell off.
The original tutorial says to use a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of vegetable oil. I don't keep or use vegetable oil in my pantry (read this and this), so I always try the method with just salt. Sometimes the eggs will peel okay, most of the time it's a messy disaster.
Last night I was making a batch of hard boiled eggs and thought.. why not use coconut oil?? It's usually a good answer for anything. I plopped just a little under a teaspoon of some coconut oil along with the salt to my water, boiled the eggs.. and voila! Those shells slid right off with minimal effort. There were no tears in my egg and I didn't lose any egg white.. success! I just tried this out a couple hours ago with another batch and the results were the same.
Here's the tutorial, with my modification:
1. Place your eggs (preferably eggs that are not fresh out of the hen.. and at room temp.) in a pot and cover with cold water. Add a pinch of salt and a little less than a teaspoon of coconut oil. (Original tutorial says to cover. I've done a batch with a lid over and without one, both turned out just fine.)
2. Bring water to a boil (I use a medium heat), then boil for 10 minutes.
3. Remove pot from heat, and immediately transfer eggs to cold water. Keep an eye on the water temperature by feel.. when it starts to warm up, dump water and fill with cold water. Repeat as many times as necessary.
4. Eat all the eggs. Or put them in the fridge for later. :)
(To peel, I tap the egg on the counter a little.. squeeze the egg very gently, then peel the shell off. Some of it comes off in big chunks.. some are smaller. Next time, I might try this method).
Original tutorial from Lil Luna.