You may have cooked your hard-boiled eggs perfectly, but peeling them is often a totally different story. Little bits of shell can cling to the egg or chunks of delicious, healthy egg white can come falling off when you barely touch your egg. Thanks to a new video that’s gone viral on
Twitter, your days of chipping away at tiny pieces of shell are over because according to the sight before us, your snack will pop out of its shell in a pinch. Literally. ? iStock.com/lisaaMC
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In the nine-second clip posted Jan. 5, a person stands before a running sink with a rocks glass and a hard-boiled egg. The egg is inserted into the glass, which is then filled with water. The person cups their hand over the top of the glass and shakes it vigorously. The egg is taken out of the glass and with a pinch of three fingers, it slides out of its slippery shell.
It’s unclear who is actually in this video because the hard-boiled egg hack was shared by
@backt0nature, a Twitter account that shares pictures and videos (mostly of animals) to 213,000 followers.
Although the clip is helpful (should the trick actually work), people are giving the person flack for leaving the faucet on. Of nearly 100 comments on the post currently, many mention how much water is being wasted.
“While I’m impressed by the trick, remember to turn off the tap the next time you do this. Kills me to watch such wastage of water,” @madhuriketa said.
“I love the comments about running water. Hope for the future! Twitter rules!” @MariekeKruijs said.
We have a few unanswered questions for the unidentified hard-boiled egg hacker: How old are the eggs? Are they still hot or did you let them cool before you shook them? Is the water hot, warm or cold?
One internet sleuth says you need to do it while the egg is still hot, and that the water needs to be cold. You’re “essentially ‘shocking’ the egg out of its shell,”
nickgu_ said. @Tobyanca replied, writing, “I tried it with a refrigerated egg and it still worked.”
So, who knows? You can always follow our step-by-step guide on
how to boil eggs perfectly every time, which features a different method for peeling. If you don’t want to risk it for the biscuit, don't get scrambled. From zucchini fritters and high-protein pancakes to jazzed-up deviled eggs, cheesy casseroles and more, here are 50 exciting ways to cook an egg. Related video: How to perfectly poach an egg Click to expand Skip Ad
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If you’re not mixing a handful of potato chips into your eggs, you’re truly missing out. Potatoes and eggs are a match made in heaven — look no further than any brunch plate. Those potatoes don’t have to be home fries, either. When they are sliced wafer-thin and fried crisp, well, enough said. And you
know you want to try eggs with sour cream and onion chips, or one of these crazy international flavors. Caramelized onions
Caramelized onions are sweet and umami-rich, and they add a gourmet depth of flavor to eggs. Like eggs, they’re also an essential ingredient in
the perfect quiche. Salsa
Top your eggs with some
salsa for a Mexican kick. The spicier, the better! Baking powder
Baking powder doesn’t affect the flavor of your eggs, but it does affect the texture. Double-acting baking powder releases carbon dioxide bubbles when it comes in contact with water and when it’s heated —
that’s why they call it double-acting. Mixing a small amount of baking powder (just one-eighth of a teaspoon per two large eggs) into your eggs before scrambling will result in eggs that are light and fluffy. Crab or lobster
Go ahead, add some crab meat into your eggs (or lobster, if you happen to have any lying around). The salinity pairs perfectly with the flavor of eggs, and the end result is decidedly upscale. Garnish with some chives and a dollop of sour cream. Both can also serve as the foundation of
a perfect eggs Benedict in lieu of Canadian bacon. Quinoa
Quinoa is one of
the healthiest and most versatile foods you can eat, and not only does it taste great, it’s also full of protein and complex carbs. Adding some cooked quinoa to a couple cracked eggs is a great way to start off the day on a healthy foot. ‘Nduja
‘Nduja is a spicy, spreadable salami, and a tablespoon or two mixed into some eggs will lend the dish a complex, meaty, spicy unctuousness.
Any ground meat, including beef, chicken and lamb, will also complement eggs nicely.
Even if you’re not
frying up some bacon to go along with your eggs, you can easily add some smoky bacon flavor to your eggs by cooking the eggs in bacon fat, which you should always have handy; just store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Lentils
Lentils are high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they’re also super-versatile. When added to eggs, they’re an easy and cheap meal for any time of day.
Like crab, shrimp scrambled up with eggs is undeniably delicious.
One diced up anchovy scrambled into a couple eggs adds a dose of umami that can’t be beat. Just add the anchovy to the pan first to heat it up.
Smoked salmon and eggs, especially with some onions mixed in as well, is
a simple combo that’s served as the foundation for many a classic New York bagel. Cream cheese
Creamy and tangy, a spoonful of cream cheese can easily elevate scrambled eggs — especially if you also add some smoked salmon.
If you’re into kimchi — spicy Korean fermented cabbage — then you already know that it adds a serious kick to everything it touches. Do yourself a favor and scramble some into eggs as well.
Red and green curry paste are intensely flavorful, and spooning a little into your eggs before scrambling can add a layer of East Asian complexity.
Gochujang is a spicy fermented Korean red chile condiment that’s an absolute flavor bomb. If you love spicy food but are tired of topping your eggs with sriracha, mix in some gochujang instead.
Hear us out: Adding mayo to scrambled eggs before cooking is a brilliant move. Just ask
Alton Brown, who advocates for it in his 2018 book “EveryDayCook.” Mayonnaise adds a creamy, silky texture without changing the flavor at all. Bouillon
Bouillon is just concentrated stock, so it’s full of umami and easily imparts a heady dose of whatever flavor it is — chicken, beef or vegetable. It’s also packed with sodium, so there’s no need to add additional salt. Instead of adding a full bouillon cube, which might be overdoing it, add a small spoonful of bouillon flakes or a little bit of every home cook’s best friend,
beef or chicken base, to your eggs before scrambling. Crème fraiche
Rich and fatty, like sour cream on steroids, crème fraiche adds a rich, creamy elegance to scrambled eggs.
Fresh ricotta has a light and elegant flavor, which adds an Italian kick to eggs. Don’t hesitate to also add in a couple spoonfuls of marinara sauce while you’re at it.
Like crème fraiche, plain yogurt also makes eggs rich and creamy, with the added benefit of a pleasant tang.
Refried beans Refried beans don’t just boost the protein content of eggs, they also add a ton of flavor. And if you happen to have some salsa lying around, you’ve basically got yourself some huevos rancheros. Soy sauce
A little bit of soy sauce instead of plain table salt is a brilliant addition to scrambled or hard-boiled eggs, lending a rich, umami-packed kick.
Curry powder is totally different from curry paste; this is an Indian-inspired spice blend that usually contains spices including ginger, garlic, turmeric, coriander, chile pepper and fenugreek. It’s also
a quintessential pantry staple. Add a dash to your scrambled eggs and you won’t know what hit ya. Nutritional yeast
Usually sold as flakes, nutritional yeast is packed with protein. This ingredient is beloved by vegans for its splendid cheesy, nutty flavor. Once you add some to your eggs, you’ll never go back.
Ever want real green eggs and ham? Add a spoonful of pesto to your scramble. The tasty paste of basil, cheese and nuts (
here’s a classic recipe) is a perfect accompaniment to pasta and sandwiches, but it also lends a deep, rich flavor to eggs. Worcestershire sauce
If you’ve noticed a trend here, it’s probably that if something is loaded with umami, it’ll be good in eggs. Hence, worcestershire sauce, which is a little sweet and very savory. Add a couple dashes to your next batch of scrambled eggs and wait for the compliments to roll in.
If you’re from New Mexico or Arizona you probably already know this, but green chiles, which are very popular in the Southwest, brighten up (and add just the right amount of spiciness to) just about anything they come in contact with (especially
burgers and queso). Same goes for eggs. Tortilla chips
If you’re looking to give your eggs a Mexican twist, crumble some tortilla chips and mix them into your scramble before cooking. No other accompaniments are required, but we’re fans of also adding some American cheese to the equation, or salsa and beans for a spin on the classic Mexican breakfast dish,
One of the best applications for leftover rice is
fried rice, which of course includes an egg as a key ingredient. But what if you turn the recipe on its head and add some rice to your scrambled eggs? Pickles
Pickles pack a salty, briny punch, and when diced up and mixed into scrambled eggs (or
used as a pizza topping) they take the dish to the next level. And don’t just stick with pickled cucumbers, either; mix in pickled carrots, cauliflower, jalapenos, banana peppers or capers. Chickpeas
Chickpeas and eggs make for a filling and inexpensive meal on their own; the two ingredients really compliment each other. But if you kick it up a notch with some spinach and smoked paprika, then you’re in full-on Moroccan territory.