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I can't seem to peel my hard boiled eggs - page 8 Solution!

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by McGoo, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it because they are fresh? I'm running them under cold water, but boy are they difficult to separate from the membrane [​IMG]

    The Solution is Salt - and I mean a good amount - 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup into the water and then boil up the eggs - They peel like a dream!!!!
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2008
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, age them. Else you can do a search as it is a common problem.
     
  3. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2007
    Georgia
    I throw my fresh eggs in ice water before peeling them. Although still difficult they are alot easier that way.
     
  4. BJ

    BJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What you do is pierce them with a pin in the tip before hard boiling. When they are fresh, there is no air space yet. Pricking allows the space so they can be pealed.
    Make sense?
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2008
  5. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    The other thing you can do is throw salt in the water when you are boiling them. Don't know why it works, but it does.
     
  6. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol i thought i was the only one who would ask this one . why do eggs from the grocery store peel easyer. is it age of the egg?
     
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    lol i thought i was the only one who would ask this one . why do eggs from the grocery store peel easyer. is it age of the egg?

    I believe so, at least that is what I have heard.​
     
  8. BJ

    BJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup. The older they get, the more air space inside. You can test the age of an egg by putting it in water. If it lays on the bottom, it is fresh. If it floats, it is too old (too much air).
     
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  9. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for all the ideas for helping with this dilemma. I'll try them all out ...salt water, ice water, and I'll try to 'age' them a bit - that's the harder one to do since I've only got a few gals laying and everyone wants my eggs - so they never get old.

    Stay tuned, I'll boil a few up tomorrow and let ya know how it goes ....[​IMG]
     
  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Do a search for sure - there was some great discussion on this topic a few weeks ago. I believe one idea was to use white vinegar in the water...
     

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