Hard Boiling Eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WV_Chicken, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. WV_Chicken

    WV_Chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    Augusta, WV
    My wife says that she has problems with our eggs when she hard boils them. She says when she peels them it destroys the egg because it sticks to the shell and the egg meat gets removed. Her parents used to raise eggs and she had the same problem with her parents fresh eggs.

    Is this a fresh egg phenomenon or is something else going on? She says they fry up great and scramble great and taste great.
  2. KensingtonHens

    KensingtonHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2010
    Quote:This is interesting! I have had the same problem! I am new to having fresh eggs and don't know much about them. I hard boiled 2 fresh eggs and they were a pain to peal, even after an ice bath, yet the store bought white one pealed just fine. Someone suggested to me to put salt in the water. I haven't tried it yet.

    I'll be following this thread to see what people say. Thanks for starting it. [​IMG]
  3. mistymeadowchicks

    mistymeadowchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2010
    I'm new, but I have been told that fresh eggs need to 'age' before you can boil & peel them. In my experience, they peel easier if they're 8-10 days old. My brother & another friend prefer their eggs boiled, so I try to save the one week old cartons for them. (Also, what does that tell you about store bought ones?? since you NEVER get one that's hard to peel? Just saying!) Enjoy real fresh eggs! Or, if you must have peeled eggs, plan ahead.
  4. greenriver

    greenriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wilmington, Il
    Set them in the frig for a week or 10 days. Pull them out and let get to room temp. Place in cold water and slowly bring the water and egg temp together. Gently stir to keep yolk in center.

    Should peel as easy as the store bought.
  5. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Don't age them, defeats the purpose of having fresh eggs. Bring your eggs to room temp. Bring water and a palm full of salt to a rolling boil, ladle eggs in and cook for 14 minutes! Cold shock them and they will peel. I take them right from the nest boxes and they peel!
  6. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There is a thread linked on the FAQ page that gives several methods to resolve this problem.
  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    If you can't wait and let them age this is what you need to do.

    I usually boil a dozen or so at a time. I put room temp eggs in my pot and cover them with tap water. I use 1/2 cup of salt and add about a tablespoon full of oil. (This is taking 2 suggestions I found on here and combining them together.) I place them on high and boil for 18 minutes. As soon as their done I cool them down and start peeling. I've done it this way twice. The first time I used eggs that were a day old and the second was from eggs that were layed that day!! They came out perfectly. I only had one or two than even slightly gave me a problem.

    Good Luck!!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011
  8. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    Hi, I too am new to chickens. I have read alot of people have trouble peeling fresh eggs. I read some where "Bring water to a rolling boil, Gently lower eggs into the boiling water (use a spaghetti spoon or something with holes). Boil 14 min. Remove and quickly chill in an ice bath. Once cool peel and enjoy. I don't know if this works as I have not tried it. (no eggs yet) Hope this works.
  9. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That was a horrible problem too... but I noticed that if I boil them for 30 mins on HIGH, the skin peels off nicely.
  10. NicoleRM

    NicoleRM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2007
    Williston, FL
    I read here somewhere that steaming them instead of boiling gets the same result but easier to peel. I tried it and it seemed to help. Or you can poke a hole in the big end where the air cell is and it lets water get in and work around the membrane.

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