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Old 08-24-2011, 08:25 AM   #1
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Hard Boiled Eggs...

I have my own chickens, so my eggs are really fresh. My problem is I can't get the stupid shells off of my hard boiled eggs without destroying them. I usually peel them while they are still quite warm, although I have tried chilling them first, and then peel them under cold running water. Anyone have anything that works better than this?
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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Seems the fresher the egg, the harder to peel! I get mine from my local farmer and have the same problem.

Buy the mass produced eggs from the grocery store, and they peel themselves!

I'll take the fresh, free range egg and put up with the peel problem!
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:36 AM   #3
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You have to let them age a few days to week or so. If I am making deviled eggs, I always try to get the oldest eggs (within use by date) I can. Gives that membrane under the shell more time to develope and makes it easier to peel.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:38 AM   #4
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We have raised chickens for years. Definately fresh eggs are harder to peel!

After boiling them, put them in an ice water bath for 10 minutes and then peel. That should make it alot easier!

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Try putting a splash of vinegar into the water you use to boil the eggs.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:08 AM   #6
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try slicing the egg in half..still with shell on, then scooping out the insides!
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:15 AM   #7
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I have never had a problem!! The eggs literally do roll out of their shells..
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:23 AM   #8
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we ahve chickens too. I violate the rule of 'use the oldest first' with eggs for non-hardboiled use, so I always have a dozen or so that's at least a week old. Then I'll let them sit out overnight before boiling them. One they're boiled, I drain them, than kind of toss the around in the pan til the shells crack allover. Fill with cold water again, and that seems to help the shells slip off more easily.
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I have chickens also and when fresh they were hard. Now I put salt in the water and they are much easier to peel.

Everyone had their own way of boiling eggs. What I do is (i just take right out of fridge) put them in a kettle and all even and cover with water and add a liberal amount of salt to water. Bring to a boil let boil a few minutes, take off burner and put cover with lid. Let sit for 20 minutes. Then drain and cover with cold water a few times to cool them down or let them sit in cold water. That will stop them from cooking. Then I peel.

There is always those sometimes stubborn eggs that don't peel but most of the time this works well.

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Peel the eggs from the bottom, the large part, knock on the bottom and start peeling from there, it's what I do with the fresh organic eggs I buy and it works better.
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how to boil and peel an egg

1. Place eggs in a saucepan large enough so they can be well covered with water.
2. Cover with cold water and add 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
3. Bring to a gentle simmer
4. Cook at the gentle simmer for 8 minutes
5. Drain and transfer to a bowl filled with cold water. Allow to cool.
6. Bang each end on a hard surface to crack.
7. Remove a little circle of shell from each end
8. Put your mouth to one hole and blow really hard
9. If the egg hasn’t popped out, use your fingers to gently separate the shell and membrane from the egg itself.
10. Admire your handiwork and possibly give the egg a little rinse if someone else is going to eat it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:33 AM   #12
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try slicing the egg in half..still with shell on, then scooping out the insides!
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Oh!!! That sounds like it would work!!!
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Buy some Eggies! They have them at Bed Bath and Beyond!
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:52 AM   #15
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The Chicken Lady Rocks

I've tried every trick in the book....and was disappointed every time...

When I joined LCF's....someone suggested trying the Chicken Lady's method.....which is Mac's link above....

It worked everytime for me.....easy peel eggs....

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Old 08-24-2011, 10:34 AM   #16
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I buy preboiled and peeled eggs but I may purchase some eggies
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:38 AM   #17
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i roll them on a hard surface.

it works for me. but some eggs ARE harder to peel than others. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Buy some Eggies! They have them at Bed Bath and Beyond!
I tried "Chicken Lady's" method. Didn't work. (still the white came off in pieces along with the peel)

Just tried blowing into the end of the egg after breaking the ends. Didn't work.

Slicing the egg and then scooping worked somewhat, but got a few little pieces of peel in the egg.

I'm buyin' Eggies. THANKS WIFEY!!!!!!

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Old 08-24-2011, 11:05 AM   #19
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I also have chickens, so....very fresh eggs all the time. My method (which I got from LCF, but don't know who):

1. Boil water (enough to cover eggs).
2. Once it's at a full rolling boil, add 1 Tbls baking soda, then carefully add fresh eggs.
3. Boil 14 minutes, covered.
4. Drain immediately, drop the eggs into a bowl (I use my small prep sink) of water filled with ice and salt (just enough so the eggs will be covered). The salted ice bath cools the eggs quickly.
5. Peel.

This method has NEVER failed me. The shells come off like a breeze...and I sometimes use eggs so fresh the chickens don't even know I have them yet.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:11 AM   #20
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Yep, older eggs will peel better. Let them sit in the fridge for a few days if you plan to boil them.
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...and I sometimes use eggs so fresh the chickens don't even know I have them yet.


I would do anything to have fresh eggs. The ones at the grocery store (even cage free blah blah blah) don't measure up!

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Old 08-24-2011, 11:34 AM   #22
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Another trick I've seen is to gently shake the pan you boiled the eggs in after you drain off the water. Shake it around just enough to crack the eggs against each other just a bit. Let them sit and cool in their cracked shells. The steam escaping through the cracks supposedly helps loosen the shell from the egg. I get good results most of the time, but its not fail-safe.
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I let the HB eggs chill in the fridge in their shell and then take them out. Roll them on the counter to crack the shell all over. Place them in a bowl of warm water for af ew minutes and then try peeling. My theory is that the warm water expands the shell and makes it easier to peel--that's my theory and I'm sticking to it. ;o)
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Ice them down in a bowl of cold water for an hour right after you are done boiling them...I've never had a peeling issue.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:43 PM   #25
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It is so odd that everyone has their own method - and that some methods work great for some and terribly for some. WEIRD!!
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I always keep 2 things of eggs in the fridge- fresh ones for cooking and one that is a week old for hardboiling. Week old ones always peel better for me.

I always add salt. It seems to work.

I want a chicken coop sooo badly!
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I highly recommend having your own backyard chickens. They not only provide you with healthy, better tasting eggs, but they can become like pets. I find going out and taking care of them and gathering the eggs very theraputic when it's been one of those days.


Peeling the fresh eggs is my ONLY complaint.
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Since trying this method --

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...oiled-egg.html

I have never had a problem!! The eggs literally do roll out of their shells..
I, too, have 10 chickens. I can get the eggs from under them and hard boil them the same day and they peel wonderful. I do the same as above but use baking soda instead of salt. Work every time!
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I have Eggies and they work great! I work at Dollar General and we just got them in.
If you use Eggies you can boil fresh eggs...fresh is always better.
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try slicing the egg in half..still with shell on, then scooping out the insides!
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I ALWAYS do this anytime the eggs don't have to be perfect.....like to make egg salad, or add to tuna salad!
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