Looking for a secret

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Blueline, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Blueline

    Blueline Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 8, 2013
    Does anyone know an easy method of "peeling" hard boiled "fresh" eggs? We have tried using the oldest eggs, which is only about 2 weeks old. We have put the eggs directly from the boil into cold tap water. We have put the boiled eggs into 'ice cubed' cold water bath right from the boil pan. I even tried freezing an egg, only about 2 hours. No method to date has made peeling an egg easy. Most eggshell is coming off in small pcs. 1/4" round and any big pcs are still holding egg white which is thick enough to 'filet' off with a knife. Our fresh eggs have proven very hard to peel compared to "store bought", assumed been around for awhile eggs which peel easier and in larger shell pcs which I would only term as tedious - not very hard.[​IMG]

    Any bright ideas?

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. hosspak

    hosspak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2013
    Lake Elsinore, CA.
    I have found that after a 12-14 minute boil and cold water bath works great... Here is the trick, run the egg under cold water while peeling. This will allow a stream of water to work its way under the shell to loosen the inner skin. 99.9% perfect eggs...
  4. Blueline

    Blueline Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 8, 2013
    Thank you

    We are starting to boil water, salted right now! See how it goes.[​IMG] Will report our progress soon.

  5. jtakacs

    jtakacs Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2013
    I've had good luck with starting in cold water, add eggs, bring to a boil and turn off and cover. Leave for 15 minutes and then an ice bath.

    They peel pretty easy... don't know much about chickens but I cook a lot.
  6. Blueline

    Blueline Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 8, 2013
    Two perfectly peeled eggs, about 30 seconds each or less [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks one and all ... Happy Holidays


    replied to wrong thread, but I'm back on the correct one now [​IMG].
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  7. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2013
    I've found that fresh eggs take a lot longer to hard boil than store bought.

    I used to drop my store bought into cold water, bring to a boil then shut the heat off and wait 10 minutes. with fresh, I first boil the water, place the eggs in directly from the fridge. I boiled them ...full, rolling boil, for 15 minutes then plunge into ice bath. 99% peel without a problem.
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  8. gmomfarms

    gmomfarms Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2013
    SW Virginia
    Put them in a steamer basket over boiling water for about 20 minutes and they will peel, even fresh from the hen.
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  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I have had pretty good luck putting them in cold water with both salt & vinegar added & then bringing them to a boil & turning them off and letting them cook 12-15 minutes. Then into cold water. I am going to try the steaming method. It was just mentioned again in Mother Earth News this month, however they stated 30 minutes instead of 20, so I will experiment. Don't really have any eggs to boil right now.
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  10. shelley613

    shelley613 New Egg

    Nov 18, 2013
    if you boil the eggs then pour the water away and while they are still hot, put the lid back on the pot and shake them gently then fill pan with cold water - this breaks the shells and lets the water get underneath resulting in them practically falling off!
    good luck
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