50 People Try to Peel a Hardboiled Egg

Our 50 chefs tackled soft boiled eggs last week, but how will they do with the soft boiled egg's stinkier, 2ish-minute-older brother? Watch as 50 people attempt to peel hardboiled eggs. Like the knives you see in this video? Grab your own set at https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/brand/epicurious/4589/?ta=typeahead&ml=v2

Released on 12/4/2018

Transcript

00:00
You peel it, it takes a million years,
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and then at the end you have to eat a hard-boiled egg.
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So, there's really no reward for doing it.
00:10
Okay.
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Peel a hard-boiled egg.
00:14
[groaning]
00:15
Sometimes I get this right, a lot of times I get it wrong.
00:18
It looks too hard to do.
00:19
I feel like there's a tool up here I should be using.
00:22
The peeler.
00:24
Scratch the surface.
00:27
Or...
00:30
This might have to do with the peeling process.
00:33
I feel like shaking it around in this
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is not what you're supposed to do.
00:40
I'm just gonna go right into it and use my hands.
00:43
[groaning]
00:45
I'm having some trouble.
00:46
This is not going well.
00:48
I think I'm kind of screwing it up.
00:50
I'm taking off quite a bit of egg.
00:52
Oh, no.
00:53
It's not looking very pretty.
00:55
But there's beauty in imperfection.
00:57
I don't know if there's a faster way to do it.
00:59
I am just gonna...
01:01
Oh.
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And then...
01:03
Oh, it broke.
01:07
There's...
01:07
[laughing]
01:11
There must be a more efficient way to do this.
01:13
Okay, here we go.
01:14
First step is to gently crack the egg.
01:21
I just roll it a little bit.
01:25
I'm not sure what the magic is in the roll,
01:27
but it absolutely helps.
01:29
And then I just peel it.
01:31
At the bottom is that air pocket,
01:32
and you wanna get it from there first.
01:37
Gettin' around the edges.
01:42
Okay, we're almost there.
01:45
That's my favorite, when a big piece comes off.
01:47
Yeah, like that?
01:48
Money shot.
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There we go.
01:52
Wow, look at that.
01:53
I did it.
01:55
The perfect hard-boiled egg.
01:57
This is my hard-boiled egg peeled.
01:59
I hated it, and I still hate it.
02:03
[tape rewinding]
02:06
There's a lot of ways to peel a hard-boiled egg.
02:08
There's a lot of tricks, a lot of gadgets.
02:10
I'm gonna show you the way that works for me.
02:12
The key, for me, to peeling a hard-boiled egg is water.
02:14
Eggs naturally have a little air spot in them,
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so when you tap the egg on a counter you'll see.
02:20
On this side, I tapped it.
02:22
It broke, but it stayed pretty egg shaped, but on this side.
02:25
The air bubble's on this side,
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and that's where I wanna start
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because I want to try and get some water under the membrane.
02:31
And what I normally do is I tap it all the way around.
02:33
I don't just tap that one end.
02:36
I submerge it in water and then I start to peel, right?
02:39
So, here's that membrane, right?
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I wanna pull that membrane away
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and try and start to get a little bit of water under it.
02:46
So, I just keep on dipping it in the water
02:48
and pulling it back.
02:49
You can see as I peel it, the shell comes away really easy.
02:53
If you have little shards or fragments,
02:55
this also washes them off.
02:56
That's how you peel a hard-boiled egg.
02:59
Hey.
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[classical music]
03:07
It's very dry.