how to get eggs to peel cleanly?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by shellyga, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. shellyga

    shellyga Songster

    Oct 23, 2010
    when I used to buy eggs from the store.. [​IMG] I would add salt to the water to help make the boiled eggs easier to peel.. is there a trick to "farm fresh" eggs to make them easier.. they sure taste good but as so hard for me to peel.

  2. buckbeak

    buckbeak Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Morgantown, PA
    Fresh eggs don't peel well. Use eggs that are a couple of weeks old for hard boiling. Cook, and then plunge into ice water when done.
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    A veteran member had this method.

    Boil water, may add vinegar or oil. Put the eggs in. Simmer 18 minutes. Plunge into a bowl of ice water. That does it for me.
  4. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    Salt the water. Works for me.
  5. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    I don't cook mine quite as long as seminolewind, but the ice water is key. You want to get the temp. change so the shell will separate easier.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Quote:I'm willing to experiment. How long do you cook them?
  7. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I have IT! The perfect way! Finally after almost 50 years I can now peel FRESH from the hen eggs.

    It takes equipment: This little plastic hen egg cooker. I am sure they make other varieties, but it holds 9 eggs and is electric

    It takes the right egg: Very heavy shelled, dark, Marans eggs, or other dark eggs if you prefer

    It takes ICE and a bowl of cold water

    Buy the egg cooking hen, no idea where, my mom got mine off QVC in a shopping frenzy

    Get some laying Marans, use the darkest eggs, but even the not so dark eggs work. It's the thick shells that make them peel easier, Wellies do good too.

    Take your eggs, push a pin hole in the air sac end, place in hen and add water to top for most done, place egg rack in hen and put the top on

    Plug her in and wait.

    While waiting, get a bowl ice, cover it with water.

    In about 10 minutes or so, she will squeal

    Unplug her, take the egg tray and plunge into the cold iced water.

    Once completely cold, they peel fairly easily.

    If you use week or two old eggs, they peel perfectly.

    Theory: dark shells are stronger, stay together easier.
    The cooking hen keeps the eggs in the perfect position, air sac up, gives you a place to start peeling
    The cold water shrinks the membranes away from the shell
    They also cut in half well this way, as you don't have to stir them to keep the yellows in the middle, so no yolk only on one side eggs
    It's easy, you'll not mind peeling eggs anymore.

    I'll try to post a picture of her.



    Okay: found her at Walmart, but not exactly the same. I had her several years before deciding to use her.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  8. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    Quote:I bought one from Amazon. Works great and even day old eggs peel easily. Henrietta by Maverick Industries.
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    All I do is add salt to boiling water and lower the eggs in the boiling water. When boiling time is done, run cool water in pot over eggs for about a minute and then peel. Perfect peel every time.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  10. Charm1704

    Charm1704 Songster

    Sep 30, 2010
    Elgin, Tx
    I steam mine in a veggie basket instead of boiling them in water... then put them in cold water to cool down......they peel clean every time.!!! [​IMG] ~Charm1704

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