hard boiled eggs that are hard to peel!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emilyann, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. emilyann

    emilyann Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 15, 2008
    Anyone know why the eggs from my pet chickens are so much harder to peel than store bought eggs?
    Its getting quite bothersom since my kids love curried egg sandwiches so much!
  2. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    We had that same discussion yesterday. Tried to make deviled eggs. Finally gave up!!

    Only thing we could figure is that it is because they are just so much fresher than store bought. Don't know if it's the reason, but sounds good.
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    hmmm, I was wondering this myself.... I made egg salad a few weeks back for a b-day party boiled about 15 eggs and they were SO HARD to peel, I couldnt figure out if it was just me or the eggs. Cant wait to hear the answers you get !!
  4. babyboy1_mom

    babyboy1_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Because they are fresh. The store bought eggs are older and for some reason, that makes them easier to peel.

    I add a little salt to my water to boil them in and as soon as they are boiled, I cool them quickly, sometimes I add ice to the water to help them cool that much faster. I find that this helps me to peel fresh eggs.
  5. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    I read you can add baking soda (2 tbsp or so) to the water and the eggs will be easier to peel. I tried it with store bought eggs and it worked like a charm.
    I think it has to do with the freshness of farm fresh eggs.... at least thats what my MIL told me. LOL
  6. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:If you get the eggs fresh from the hen and boiled them then they will give you hard time,but if you live an egg few days and then boil it with little salt, it will peel real easy.
    Try it.
  7. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    Because they are so wonderfully fresh! [​IMG]

    After a few days or a week in the fridge they may peel a whole lot easier. Mine do & so that's why I wait a while to boil some of my eggs.

    The store bought eggs are allowed to be sold up to 60 days after they are laid~it's worth waiting for your own IMHO. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2008
  8. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    What is your recipe for curried eggs? [​IMG]
  9. mcg30_40

    mcg30_40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    I gave up trying to peel my eggs and just go buy store eggs if I want hard boiled eggs.
  10. new2chix

    new2chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    New Palestine Indiana
    I asked this same question last week, and got lots of good tips - you can do a search and find many great suggestions. I went with putting the eggs into boiling, heavily salted water, and chilling they as soon as they are done. I had no problem peeling them, even the eggs laid the very day I boiled them.

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