I boiled the brown right off my eggs!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rainy, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. rainy

    rainy New Egg

    Mar 18, 2012
    Today we hard boiled some FRESH eggs from our chickens - fresh as in laid today. In the past peeling hard boiled fresh eggs has been a pain so we looked up some tricks to make them easier to peel. We saw a lot of comments about two solutions - adding vinegar to the water, and adding salt to the water while boiling. So we figured, we'll do both.

    When I checked to see if the water with the eggs had come to a boil I noticed some little brown specks floating in the water. I thought it was odd and asked my wife if the pot had been clean to begin with. We figured since vinegar is a good cleaner, perhaps it dissolved some cooking oils that regular washing hadn't been able to remove from the pot.

    These are brown eggs. And as I ran cold water over them after they were cooked, I noticed they looked odd and started rubbing them with my thumb AND THE BROWN CAME OFF! IT CAME COMPLETELY OFF. I rubbed some more and before long I had a white egg shell.

    Can someone please explain what happened?


  2. Farmin Momma

    Farmin Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2012
    Mill Creek, Wa
    I am sorry, I don't have an answer about what happend but I am curiouse to wether or not they were easier to peel? I also have a hard time peeling those suckers. [​IMG]
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    The brown coating is added to the white egg right before it is laid. So I guess the vinegar/salt combination dissolved that coating.
  4. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The color on a brown egg is just that, color. It's one of the last steps in the production process. I suppose the vinegar loosened it. A blue egg is blue all the way through.
  5. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    CarolJ beat me to it!
  6. rainy

    rainy New Egg

    Mar 18, 2012
    Yes it did make them easier to peel. We have had good luck just adding salt to the water. Then we cool them not just in cold water, but in an ice water bath. Doing those two things made our fresh eggs peel almost as good as store bought eggs.

    When we shared that tip with a friend, they said they used vinegar in the water. We were going to try that and somehow decided to combine the methods. Little did we know we were creating a science experiment!
  7. rainy

    rainy New Egg

    Mar 18, 2012
    Really! So the inside of the shell is blue as well? I guess the blue is a result of something at the very heart of shell formation in those hens then.
  8. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Acid (vinegar) will dissolve egg shells. If you want to make a soft shell egg, membrane on the outside, try putting an egg in pure vinegar. It will bubble a little and will take a while, about a day if I remember right. One of those neat science things to show the kids. So yes you were starting to dissolving the egg shell.
  9. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
    The brown color is a very thin veneer added at the end of the passage of the egg down her oviduct. The shell gland derives the brown color from a enzyme in the hemoglobin in her blood and is so thin that you can scratch the brown off with fine sandpaper. Vinegar, being and acid, etches the shell and partially dissolves the calcium carbonate of the shell. It's normal for the color to come off the shell in those circumstances.
  10. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    I gonna wash that grey right outta my hair,wash that grey right outta my hair.........oops.... wrong thread.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012

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