Best way to peel hard boiled quail egg shell?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by laputa, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. laputa

    laputa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our family eat quail eggs in a few different ways, one of them being hard boil then peel and season the egg. However, I found it's quite time consuming to peel the egg shells. For about 100 eggs, it would take me and my wife 1 whole hour just to peel them.

    I am guessing there got to be some better ways to do it out there, anyone has any tip to share?

    For example, I recently thought about using some acid to etch away the shell, but couldn't think of a safe and strong acid for that purpose. I am sure hydrochloride acid is strong enough for the purpose, but I doubt there is any that does not contain contamination that is likely bad for health.
     
  2. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the thing that seems to work best for me is to put them in the fridge till they're nice and cold. then i pinch the big end where the air pocket is and give it a downward twist while pulling away and that usually gets it started pretty good....but not always. most of the time i rinse them all in cold water to get the tiny pieces off that don't wanna cooperate.
     
  4. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

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    Make sure the water is already boiling before putting the eggs in the water.
     
  5. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always cook them like I do my chicken eggs (cold water & bring to boiling, immediately turn off & let sit). I do think it helps to chill them in ice water before I start to peel them. They take me about the same time per egg as chicken eggs(those quail eggs are tough... not just the shell, but the membrane too!), but none of them take me very long.
     
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I poke a little bitty hole in the bottom before I drop them in boiling water. After cooked, I pop them in the fridge to really cool down. Shell slips right off
     
  7. laputa

    laputa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, thank you all so much, that's a lot of tricks I can learn to experiment with! [​IMG] I am going to give each of them a try.
     
  8. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:like with a sewing needle? never heard of that....gotta experiment with this one
     

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