Any tips for peeling the shell off of a hard boiled egg?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by chickenlover98, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. chickenlover98

    chickenlover98 Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    Hi! I was just wondering if anyone had any tips for peeling off the shell on hard boiled eggs from your own chickens? Because, when I try to peel the shell off, it sticks to the egg, and peels it all apart. Thanks!

  2. There are quite a few threads on here about cooking fresh eggs. You can steam them instead for 15 to 20 minutes. Poke a small pin hole in the large end before cooking. Vinegar in the water etc. Or you can just let the raw eggs sit in the fridge for about 3 months until they get to store quality and then cook them.
  3. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    I read that you should wait about a week to hard cook fresh eggs and the shell doesn't stick.

    Another option I read about (I have too many eggs hence ALL the reading about eggs) is that after you hard cook, cool then return to the hot water for a few seconds to make the cooled egg move away from the shell.

    I hard cooked a dozen eggs to make Deviled Eggs to take to my family at Christmas, but I haven't peeled them yet so I may have the same issue.
  4. pokachix

    pokachix In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2008
    Buckley WA
    Havn't tried the vinegar or poking..seems like a lot of extra work for me..I just let em sit in the back of the fridge for a couple of weeks..J

  5. BettyR

    BettyR Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Texas Gulf Coast
    I just got though peeling 18 eggs to make deviled eggs and potato salad...they peeled very easily.

    Some had sat on the kitchen counter for several days to age and others where fairly new.

    The eggs were room temp....I put them in cold tap water in the pan and turned on a very slow fire with one of those egg timers that you put in the pot with the eggs and it turns colors as the eggs cook. When the timer showed that the eggs were done I turned the fire off...put the lid on....and let them sit for 20 minutes. Then drain...shake the pan to break the eggs and run cold tap water over the eggs. Drain and put more water in the pot to about half cover the eggs...and cover with ice. Stir to melt the ice until the water is very cold and start peeling.
  6. DottieMarie

    DottieMarie Songster

    May 6, 2008
    South East MI
    I was so happy to see this thread. I've made 2 batches of deviled eggs for Christmas gatherings and couldn't for the life of me figure out why they were so hard to peel. I was ready to throw the whole batch out since I was loosing so much of the whites when trying to peel.
    I was thinking it had to do with my timing - "should I remove the pan from the heat and cover for 20 minutes or should I cook for 20 over a lower heat?" I just knew it had to be something I was doing wrong. Glad to hear it's just my healthy fresh eggs.
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    I add a lot of salt to the water and heat just to a rolling boil. I then remove from heat and cover for 20 minutes. At that point I transfer them to a bowl of ice water. After they are cool I find 4 out of 5 peel fairly well...

  8. mhaines4102

    mhaines4102 Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Stroud, Oklahoma
    I had the same question the other day and found a thread here that pointed to a youtube video where essentially the guy said put in a teaspoon of baking soda, it changes the ph of the water. So today I tried it on eggs less then 24 hours old. It worked like a champ. I brought the water to a slow rolling boil, put in the eggs, timed for 12 minutes, poured in cold water and ice. Peeled like a store bought month old egg.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2008
  9. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    New Durham NH
    I just tried a formula that I learned here yesterday. and it was so SIMPLE

    Bring water to a boil, carefully ladel in the eggs (I used mixed sizes, from tiny to extra jumbo) and boil for 15 minutes. pour out the water, douse in COLD water, and keep in cold water, until you peel. I couldnt believe 15 minutes wouldnt boil them dry, but it didnt, look and see...


    They came out perfect! every last one, not a discolored yolk in the bunch, and they all peeled clean, almost in one whole piece! it was amazing! I gave up hard boiled eggs years ago, because I could never peel the dam things., Well now, they are back on the menu! WOO Hoo!!

    Thanks every one, and Good Luck!

  10. mizauntcathy'shenhouse

    mizauntcathy'shenhouse Songster

    Sep 18, 2008
    Huntsville, TX
    I always run cold water over the eggs, after boiling, until they are cool. Then peel under a slow trickle of cold water. This works most of the time, but I am going to try the tip about the baking soda in the water as the boil...then maybe all will peel easily.

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