Peeling hard boiled eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by seanb, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. seanb

    seanb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Central PA
    I hope I'm asking this question in the right place...

    Was looking for tips on what to do to make hard boiled eggs easier to peel. I've heard some people say you have to let them sit for a couple weeks before boiling them and others have said to put them in cold water right after boiling them.

    Just figured I'd ask here since this forum has been so helpful.

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Both those are good tips. A lot of people report great success with them. I add lots of salt to the water and that works too.

  3. elevan

    elevan Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    I use eggs that are at least 2 weeks old, bring the eggs from boiling to ice cold as quickly as possible and peel immediately. The only thing I add to the water is a drop or 2 of vinegar, but that's in case of cracking.
  4. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    Someone on this forum (sorry, can't remember who right now) said to lower the eggs into rapidly boiling water. (Might work best if the eggs are room temp, not right from the fridge) Let them boil the desired amount of time (8 min? 10 min?) then put them immediately into ice water to cool. After cooling, you can store, peel, crack then peel later, what ever. Easy peasy.
  5. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    If you go to the "Managing your Flock" section (I think) there is an entire thread on boiling fresh eggs. Just type it into the search box and you will find it.
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I've tried every one of the "tried and true" ways to easily peel a really fresh egg and none make them easy to peel. So I just keep some eggs for a few weeks for boiling. They peel best when they're at least a week or more old.
  7. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2011
    My wife puts vinegar in the water when she boils them. Told me it worked great. It also marks the shells so they are easy to identify in the fridge.
  8. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Add lots of salt to the boiling water. Use eggs that are not so fresh, at least a week or 2 old.
  9. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I make sure they are at least a week old and set them on the counter to come to room temp overnight. Then, I cover them with water in the pan and bring them to a boil. I then turn off the heat, cover and set the timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, I put pan in sink and run cold water over them until cool. Then, refrigerate. Works everytime!
  10. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    Quote:this is what we do, with the exception that they go in an ice bath instead of under cold water.
    we have good success with this.

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