Step 4 - Slicing and Removing the Egg Yolks

Now that you have finished peeling your eggs, give each egg a rinse in cold water to make sure there are no little shell-bits left on them. Nothing is worse than getting a crunchy shell bit in a nice smooth deviled egg filling!

Remember, it is typical for at least one egg to be stubborn during the peeling process, so this is why I cook a couple more eggs than I need for a deviled egg recipe!

Here below we have a perfect plate of peeled hard-boiled eggs.

Plate of Hard-boiled eggs Now, you may have noticed that I started with 12 eggs but have only 10 left. Of the two that didn't make it, one cracked in the pot during cooking, and the other split in half when I was trying to peel it.

This is common and don't feel bad if the same thing happens to you. These "less than perfect" eggs are still edible of course, just not good candidates for deviled eggs. You can make a mini egg salad, or slice them up on a green salad for lunch.

Slicing the egg If you're in a hurry, you can start slicing the eggs immediately, but I find it's good to let the freshly peeled eggs cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. I think it makes the egg white a little firmer and helps them slice smoothly. Once they're cool, using a knife with a clean (not serrated) edge (a paring knife is effective), cut cleanly through the center of each egg. (Here you can see that the yolk is centered and there's barely any green ring at all.) Slice the eggs and return the halves (officially called shells now) to your plate.

Squeeze gently! Next, with a gentle but firm pressure, give each egg half a squeeze from either side. The yolk will usually pop out easily. You can also take a small spoon to ease the yolk out if the egg sides appear particularly thin or fragile. You'll get a feel for how much pressure is necessary and when you'll need a little help with the spoon. Most should pop out like this one in the picture though!

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Making the filling! Step 5