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I can't seem to peel my hard boiled eggs - page 8 Solution!

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Is it because they are fresh?  I'm running them under cold water, but boy are they difficult to separate from the membrane barnie

The Solution is Salt - and I mean a good amount - 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup into the water and then boil up the eggs - They peel like a dream!!!!


Edited by McGoo - 12/21/08 at 6:29pm

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Yep, age them. Else you can do a search as it is a common problem.

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post #3 of 169

I throw my fresh eggs in ice water before peeling them. Although still difficult they are alot easier that way.

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post #4 of 169

What you do is pierce them with a pin in the tip before hard boiling.  When they are fresh, there is no air space yet.  Pricking allows the space so they can be pealed.
Make sense?


Edited by BJ - 1/31/08 at 7:28pm
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The other thing you can do is throw salt in the water when you are boiling them.  Don't know why it works, but it does.

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post #6 of 169

lol i thought i was the only one who would ask this one . why do eggs from the grocery store peel easyer. is it age of the egg?

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post #7 of 169

lol i thought i was the only one who would ask this one . why do eggs from the grocery store peel easyer. is it age of the egg?


I believe so, at least that is what I have heard.

post #8 of 169

Yup.  The older they get, the more air space inside.  You can test the age of an egg by putting it in water.  If it lays on the bottom, it is fresh.  If it floats, it is too old (too much air).

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Thanks for all the ideas for helping with this dilemma.  I'll try them all out ...salt water, ice water, and I'll try to 'age' them a bit - that's the harder one to do since I've only got a few gals laying and everyone wants my eggs - so they never get old.   

Stay tuned, I'll boil a few up tomorrow and let ya know how it goes ....caf

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Exuberant Josie our shep/lab mx and Cricket our super mouser 

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post #10 of 169

Do a search for sure - there was some great discussion on this topic a few weeks ago.  I believe one idea was to use white vinegar in the water...

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