5 Simple Tips for Peeling Hardboiled Eggs

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A hardboiled egg is difficult to mess up—at least until it's time to peel it. While a messy boiled egg you had to claw out of its shell is totally edible, it doesn't make for the prettiest breakfast. Thankfully, attacking an eggshell with your bare hands and hoping for the best isn't the only way. Here are some tips for peeling smooth, perfect eggs that are as simple as boiling water.

1. Toss eggs in an ice bath.

Throwing your boiled eggs into an ice bath serves two purposes: It stops the cooking process and lowers the temperature of the eggs, so you don't have to wait very long until they're cool enough to handle. This process also makes the eggs easier to peel. The cold water shrinks the eggs slightly, creating more space between the whites and the shell.

2. Peel the eggs underwater.

A bowl of water also comes in handy for the actual peeling process. If you crack the eggs underwater, the water will enter the shell. This helps to loosen the membrane that connects the egg to its shell. (If you've ever struggled to peel a hardboiled egg, the membrane was likely to blame.)

3. Use the crack and roll method.

Don't feel like getting an extra bowl dirty to peel your eggs? Try the crack and roll method instead. This trick is exactly what it sounds like: Just tap the egg against a hard surface to crack it, roll it gently with your hand, and peel off the fractured shell.

4. Don't use fresh eggs.

If you just picked up a new carton of eggs from the farmers market, maybe wait a week before boiling them. Fresh eggs are actually harder to peel than eggs that have been sitting in your fridge for a while. To check the age of your egg, give it the float test; eggs that tilt upward in a bowl of water are past their prime but still good to eat.

5. Use a spoon.

To avoid getting your hands dirty, peel your hardboiled egg with a spoon. Start by cracking the egg at the wide end to create an opening for the utensil. From there, slip a spoon between the egg and the shell, rotate it around the egg, and peel off the remaining shell with ease.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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KFC's Fried Chicken-Scented Firelogs Are Available at Walmart This Year

Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.

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The famous 11 herbs and spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) remains a closely guarded secret. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take home a firelog that will crackle with the aroma of a fresh bucket of fried chicken this holiday season.

All the smell, none of the calories.Walmart

The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog ($16) has been a popular novelty purchase for the past two years, and this year, it’s available exclusively at Walmart. Made in partnership with Enviro-Log, the flammable product releases a scent reminiscent of KFC’s distinctive seasoning combination, which the company promises will last around two and a half hours while burning.

KFC originally sold the log directly through their website in 2018 and 2019, but now it's available at Walmart ($16), either on the company’s website or in select stores while supplies last (if it's sold out, Amazon or eBay may be your only other options). Considering KFC is owned by Yum! Brands, which also operates Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, perhaps a Crunch Wrap firelog is in our future.

[h/t MarketWatch]