Hard-boiled eggs figure in many recipes and are a treat on their own. Peeling them, however, can be tricky. The shell frequently sticks to the egg, resulting in a less-than-perfect finished product. The freshest eggs tend to pose the biggest problem. You should not, of course, hard boil or eat eggs that are past the expiration date on the carton.
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When shopping for eggs, choose the carton of eggs that is closest to the expiration date. The shells are easier to remove from older eggs.
Put the eggs in a saucepan and cover them with hot water. Bring the water to a full boil and let the eggs boil for about five minutes.
Cover the pot and let the eggs sit in the water for at least 10 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the pot and tap or crack the shell.
Place the eggs in cold water for a few seconds. Remove the eggs and immediately peel them.