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The hard-boiled egg is such a humble food. It can be sliced and added as a topping to fancy toast or to salads. It can be turned into fancy finger foods through deviled eggs. They can even be simply eaten as-is with a little salt and pepper, and maybe a dash of tabasco.

While hard-boiled eggs are easy to make, peeling them is a whole other issue.

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Once they’ve cooled down and the peeling begins, it can get quite messy if not downright difficult. The shells end up either getting stuck or just breaking up into a million different little pieces. But a simple trick shared by Lifehacker can make peeling boiled eggs less of a headache.

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Jacques Pépin, a renowned French chef, cookbook author, and television personality, is the one who has come up with a pretty simple way of peeling hard-boiled eggs. The chef has shared with Lifehacker that in order to get the perfect peel to your eggs, what you should do is poke a small hole in the wide side of the eggshell before placing it in the boiling water.

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This means that the egg will become easier to peel since the air pocket inside the egg would’ve been released. Of course, he warns that you should use something small suck as a pin or thumb tack to make the hole without breaking the shell.

Not only does this solve the issues of peeling the eggs once they’re finished cooking, but it can also solve some issues associated with aesthetics. Rather than coming out all lumpy or bumpy, the released air means that the egg will come out perfectly shaped with rounded ends instead of flat ones.

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Of course, if you don’t have a pin or thumbtack on hand to try this hack, there are other ways of getting the eggshells to peel off easily. For example, if you dip them into an ice bath after boiling, or if you peel them under cold water it should make everything easier.

What are your tips for easily peeling hard-boiled eggs? Let us know!

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