10 deviled egg hacks that make the process so much easier

Mar 11, 2016 at 11:39 a.m. ET
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As delicious and bite-size as they may be, deviled eggs aren't always so easy to make. If you want to avoid peeling problems, rings around the yolk and filling issues that look like a Pinterest fail, these devilish hacks just might change your life.

Peeling

Peeling hard-boiled eggs seems to be the most troublesome part of the deviled egg-making process, so we'll start here. Try out these methods, and find the one that works best for you.

1. Use a glass of water

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You don't even need to touch the egg when you use this method.

2. Use a potato masher, carefully

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Carefully is the key word here. You don't want to end up with mashed eggs.

3. Roll it

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Roll your way to effortlessly peeled eggs.

4. Look, Ma, no hands

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I'm not saying this is the most sanitary way to peel eggs, but it's a cool party trick.

Cooking

The way you cook your eggs will determine whether or not you'll crack them open to find that greenish ring and sulfurous smell. This is a telltale sign of overcooking, and it can be fixed.

5. You don't even need to boil water

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Use a muffin tin and the oven to bake your way to perfect eggs without ever boiling water.

6. Steam fresh eggs

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As wonderful as fresh eggs are for breakfast, they're actually more difficult to peel when you hard-boil them. Simply Recipes recommends that if your eggs aren't at least a week or two old, steaming them is the way to go.

7. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat. The end.

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Don't let your eggs bounce around in a pot of boiling water for too long. Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat immediately, and let the residual heat do the work. No more overcooked yolks.

Next up: How to fill deviled eggs with ease

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