hard boiled eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rooster#3, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Rooster#3

    Rooster#3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    today we made some hard boiled eggs we knowticed that the eggs from the store peel out nicer. we could not peel our eggs without mangleing them. any hints and tips welcome. [​IMG]
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    NiftyChicken has some tips somewhere on boiling eggs, but I can't remember what they were or where. Store-bought eggs can peel easier, mostly because they're older, and the membranes in older eggs will come off w/ the shell easier. My favorite way is as soon as they're through cooking, pour out the hot water (I like to save the cooking water & let it cool, then use it on my calcium-loving plants like African violets) and IMMEDIATELY put the eggs into ice water. I've done this with "today" eggs and have no problem peeling them at all, maybe just an occasional little "pull" of egg white away w/ the membrane, but for the most part they peel quite nicely after "flash cooling". [​IMG]
  3. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I tried adding vinegar to the boiling water and cooked the eggs as normal. It worked beautifully. I was having the same trouble. Also using eggs that are at least a week old makes them peel easier.
  5. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    I steam my eggs in a veggie/rice steamer for 17-18 minutes. Then after timer goes dink, dump right into ice cold water until they are cool. Never had any issues peeling the eggs...fresh or older.

    Easiest hard cooked eggs ever!
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I followed a recommendation from another BYC'er and it works perfectly.

    Boil the water
    use a spoon to add the eggs
    cook for 16 minutes
    remove eggs and put in ice water (very important step, it shrinks the egg from the membrane)

    I let mine sit in the ice water for 5-10 minutes, then peel. I've boiled eggs the same day they were laid and they peeled perfectly.
  7. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Hi, I do pretty much the same as above except I put cold eggs straight from the refrigerator into the boiling water (with a slotted spoon). Then I continue to boil for 14-18 minutes and remove, drain and keep rinsing with cold water until the eggs are cool. This way I don't have to use all my ice up. They peel great, even if they were just layed.

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