- Publish Date
- Thursday, 29 September 2016, 2:18PM
Hard boiled eggs are a healthy and nutritious snack great for packed lunch boxes or for a snack on the go.
And while they may be easy to make - just boil them for nine to 12 minutes depending on the size of the egg - peeling them is a different matter.
It can take several painstaking minutes to delicately remove the shell of one egg, but a new life hack doing the rounds could change all that.
By just adding baking soda to your pan of hot water, some people claim the egg shell will easily fall away.
A teaspoon of the white powder will save you from clawing away at the hard shell around the egg, according to US TV station WBTV's Morning Break program.
It claims, after doing research online, that fresh eggs are more acidic, which makes them harder to peel because the egg white adheres closer to the shell.
But the show said that if the egg has been kept in the fridge for several days, the pH level of the egg white increases, making it more alkaline, and therefore easier to peel.
To speed up this process, the baking soda quickly increases the alkaline levels of the egg white, according to WBTV.
But some people have warned that this also intensifies the egg's sulphur flavour, making it taste much more "eggy".