blue Negg peeler with an egg inside against an off-white and orange background

This Hard-Boiled Egg Peeler Really Is All It's Cracked Up to Be

Just shake this hand-held tool a few times to easily remove egg shells.
Mary Claire Lagroue
December 30, 2020
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I used to eat hard-boiled eggs all the time. But somehow, I botched half the eggs I tried to peel. Maybe more. Basically, it was enough for me to take a break from boiling eggs — a break that lasted until just this week when I tried the Negg egg peeler.

The Negg makes peeling eggs incredibly easy. With your egg inside the Negg, all you have to do is add a little water, close the top, and shake it. This takes about four to 12 good, intentional shakes (not too gently, not too forceful) so that the egg hits the top and bottom of the Negg. You should feel the shell start to soften as you're shaking it, but you can also see how much the egg has cracked through the Negg's clear middle part.

I kind of doubted how much of a difference one little device could make until I realized how much the Negg loosened the egg from its shell. The first time I tried it, I had to chip away at the shell to remove all of it from the egg. But I shook the Negg just a little harder after that, and the shells slid off the eggs in nearly one piece every single time. I had to rinse the eggs after I finished peeling them to clear off teensy bits shell residue left behind. Otherwise, the Negg did all the work.

The Negg boasts mostly positive reviews on Amazon, but I did notice a few naysayers. I'm not an eggs-pert (or funny, obviously), but I can vouch that if you follow the product's instructions — boiling eggs for 12 minutes, plunging them in a bowl of ice water, and shaking them with just enough force — it will work. And I'm glad it works because, wow, I missed deviled eggs.

Once you try the Negg yourself, you can use it to make recipes like Simple Deviled Eggs, Avocado Deviled Eggs, Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad, Salad Nicoise, Curried Egg Sandwiches, and more.

Buy it: The Negg Boiled Egg Peeler, $14;