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  • Is there a secret to perfectly peeled hard-boiled eggs?

    Occasionally I manage to hard-boil an egg that peels just perfectly, but most of the time the shell is adhered to the white and I end up stripping off some of the egg along with the shell (and cursing up a storm while I'm at it lol). What am I missing?

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    The older the egg, the easier it is to peel. More air gets inside the shell over time. I usually let mine stay in the fridge for 1-2 weeks before I consider boiling them. Also, I find that putting them into cold water directly after they are done cooking and then peeling is easier than peeling them after they have been in the fridge a while.

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    • #3
      One secret I learned when I was having this same frustration is to put the eggs in the pan with the water to let them acclimate to the same temperature (meaning water and eggs) before boiling. Since patience is one of my deficiencies, I take the eggs out of the fridge and add the water plus ice. Then boil. I can't say this is 100% fail proof but it helps most of the time.

      I also put them in cold water with ice after boiling to help them cool off quicker.

      I did not know that about OLD vs. NEW eggs, so thank you yodie. I will try and let some eggs age and test this out. My MIL in Germany stores her eggs in a wooden cabinet (looks like a little chicken coop) and this always wierded me out that she didn't refrigerate them.

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      • #4
        Yup, old eggs. We go through them so fast though! I'll have to stash a dozen in the back where I can't see it.

        I don't think anyone in Europe refrigerates their eggs. In London, we bought them right off the shelf.
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        • #5
          Also, using a safety-pin to prick the eggs before you boil them works nicely. (you'd think egg white would gush out the pin hole, but it doesn't).

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          • #6
            Old eggs help, but for me not overcooking them makes a big difference. As soon a you take them off the boil cool them in cool water. If you don't they retain heat and continue to cook in the shell. When you crack them roll them under your hand, pressing down to crack the shell. I just did a batch last night and they all peeled perfectly.

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            • #7
              YouTube - Tim Ferriss - How to Peel Hard-boiled Eggs without Peeling

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              • #8
                This

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jqbancroft View Post
                  Also, using a safety-pin to prick the eggs before you boil them works nicely. (you'd think egg white would gush out the pin hole, but it doesn't).
                  I can vouch for this technique. I have a hard boiled egg maker which has a little pin which you are supposed to use to prick the egg prior to cooking. I never have any problems peeling, no matter how new the eggs are.

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                  • #10
                    The trick is to find out how many minutes it takes to boil your eggs without overdoing it. Combine the water and eggs in a pot enough water to cover the eggs, put your element on high until it boils turn down to medium for the remaining times. Each stove top is different but mine is 16 minutes from beginning to end. The trick is to then empty the water and let cool without adding cold water for 1 minute. Then you crack the eggs to break the shell while still warm and the shell literally peels off. Works every time, prepare to have hot hands but you get perfect eggs without the temperature drop.

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                    • #11
                      I take my eggs out of the fridge and run hot water into the pan for a few minutes to warm them up while my kettle boils. I then pour boiling water from the kettle over the eggs (draining off the hot tap water first) and place on the stove top on high. Once the water comes back to the boil I set my timer (7 minutes for semi soft boiled, 10 mins for hard boiled). Once the timer goes off I put the whole pan in the sink and run cold water over them until the pan is full of cold water. Them tap the thick end of the egg (not the pointed end) against the side of the sink to break the shell. There is usually an air bubble there so you can get straight through the membrane which helps the shell peel off nicely. I keep the tap running so I can pop them under the cold tap to rinse off any sticky bits of shell or to cool them off a bit more for handling comfortably.
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                      • #12
                        older eggs are much better, however i have found that after i boil them i put them in ice water and seem to have no trouble with the peeling process. my eggs are super fresh as i have hens. however i try to have at least week old eggs, if you buy them from the store this will not be a problem. . . good luck!

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                        • #13
                          Perfectly peeled eggs

                          The best way I've found so far that works most EVERY time.. is to drain the water out of the pot (i use a colander to catch the eggs) toss the eggs back into the empty pot and shake them around the sides of the pot to crack them all over .. then cover the cracked eggs with cold water and let them sit for about 5 minutes, then peel the eggs under running (cold) water. The shells should just slip off like butter once the water get under that thin membrane.

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                          • #14
                            I really miss raising chickens. But, during that time I learned the greatest, fail-proof way to make hardboiled eggs. The eggs can be fresh, old, cold from the fridge or room temp. Does not matter. Get you a pot of water boiling. Take your eggs and cradle them in a spoon or a pair of tongs (found this works better). Very gently place the eggs in the boiling water. Notice I did not say "drop". Let them continue to boil for 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes. Don't worry, they will not over cook. After time is up place your eggs into cold icey water until they are cool enough to peel. The shells come right off and the yellows are still yellow (not grey like they can sometimes come out). Perfect hardboiled eggs everytime.

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                            • #15
                              These threads always crack me up. Everyone has the answer...including me. lol

                              Steam your eggs, instead of boiling them, and they peel easily 99% of the time. It doesn't matter how old or new, poked holes, baking soda, etc.

                              Just put the eggs in a steamer basket over a pot of water and cover. Set the timer for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on medium or hard yolks, and bring to a boil over high heat. Once it goes off, rinse with cold water and peel right off. A friend with 5 kids, including triplets, taught me this. I've since converted many friends to this method.

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