Boiled eggs sticking to shell????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by freestargirl, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. freestargirl

    freestargirl Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    NC Foothills
    This is the second time that I boiled some of our fresh eggs. The first time, I didn't plunge them into cold water immedietly & thought that was the problem. This time I immedietly plunged them, and they still stuck to the inside of the shell! Like most of the whites! I have noticed that when i crack one to scramble, the membrane is very thick, and sometimes I have to crack them several times to get thru it, and the raw 'whites' are very thick, but I figured this was just all because they're free range & because we have a roo and they're fertile. Is there no hope for boiled eggs??? My 8 yr old's specialty is 'deviled eggs' she'll be so sad. Any ideas????
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yes fresh eggs are hard to peel.
    I put a lot of salt in the water, and have no problems peeling them.

  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    It's much easier to peel an aged egg than a fresh one -- stick some in the back of the fridge for a week and then try.
  4. jtaylormade

    jtaylormade Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2011
    Sonoma County
    I steam my eggs instead of boiling now. After reading several posts on here and trying every method suggested, I will never boil an egg again. I start the eggs in the steamer basket before the water is boiling....and steam for the same amount of time I would boil them, no need for vinegar, salt, baking soda. or any other silly thing that doesnt work every time..peel like a dream even if they are fresh!
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  5. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    I agree. Fresh eggs are harder to peel.

    But I did learn a trick that I stick by - in addition to the salt in the water.

    As soon as they are done boiling, get the coldest running water over them and throw some ice cubes in for good measure. Keep the cold water running on them for a good 30 or more seconds. The extreme hot to extreme cold seemed to really do the trick.

    I had been kinda wishy-washy about the hot-to-cold and the eggs did not peel well. It has to be really cold water for awhile to cool them down fast.
  6. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    Fresh eggs are truly hard to peel.... But who would trade them for stale ones??? I never heard of steaming them, but I am intrigued.... Any tips to offer??

    AND ... I never drop fresh eggs into boiling water... Let them come to temp with the water, and boil for 5 minutes more than you would normally... They will peel..... Usually.... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  7. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yep yep, fresh eggs are almost impossible to peel without the proper treatment. Personally, whenever I want to make deviled eggs, I just lie them all on their sides in a carton (to center the yolks), and stick them in the back of the fridge for a week. Viola, no extra work!
  8. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Quote:x2 lots of salt
  9. giggleboxfarm

    giggleboxfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Central KY
    I've found that they need to be at least 3 days old AND the water you put them into needs to be colder than the egg before you start cooking them.

    I am going to have to try the steaming thing though =o)
  10. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Near Bert Blyleven
    I steam 6 dozen eggs every two days at work. 15 minutes in the steamer, put them into the walkin and they're never a problem.

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