Friday, January 27, 2012

How can I make the shells of my hard-boiled eggs come off easily instead of taking half of the whites with it?

The reason the boiled eggs are hard to peel is because they were fresh. The older the egg, the easier it is to peel. This is because, as egg ages there becomes an "air pocket". It is very small but it means that the shell actually kind of separates from the egg.

I always boil my "old" eggs and buy fresh from the lady down the street for baking or whatever. Old doesn't have to be months old, just a week old, even.

Give it a try. Buy some eggs from the market, keep them in the fridge for a week to 10 days, then boil them, cool them quickly under cold water (doesnt everyone do that?) and peel them. They should be MUCH easier to peel.

To be honest, I haven't found ANYTHING that helps peel a fresh egg that has been boiled, although sometimes actually cracking the eggs about half way through the cooking process seems to help get some water in under the shell. But they are still tough to peel.

Good luck

How can I make the shells of my hard-boiled eggs come off easily instead of taking half of the whites with it?
I usually just run cold water on them---them crush them across the bottom of the sink. The shells peel off easy after that.

Reply:Peeling under water helps them come off easier.

I also like to add a little salt to the water I boil them in.
Reply:peel them under running cold water
Reply:I noticed that when I boiled fresh eggs the shells come off easier than with old eggs. Fresh eggs are also better for health, believe my experience...
Reply:Let the eggs come to a boil. Cut off and cover pot with a lid. Let stand for ten minutes. Take out and peel.
Reply:Take the butt of a knife and whack the top, bottom, and four sides. Then under cold water gently and slowly peel the shell away using your thumbs and index fingers.

Bear in mind you'll never get a perfect peel every single time no matter what you do, but this is the method I've found to work best
Reply:plunge in iced water before peeling them off
Reply:Place in cold water right away and they will come right off
Reply:Some cold water would do the trick. But try to remember that the fresher an egg is, the harder it is to peal it. So it may give you more trouble, but you'll know you are eating something that is not stale!
Reply:Shock them by placing them in iced water directly after boiling, and be sure to crack them on the ends instead of on the side.
Reply:peel them under running water
Reply:Use older eggs. Older eggs peel very, very easily. Newly-laid eggs do not. A splash of vinegar in the water helps, too.
Reply:Use eggs that have been purchased a week ago

Add cream of tarter to the water while boiling.

Soak them in ice water and peel them under cold running water.
Reply:Put them in cold water after done cooking.
Reply:While you are boiling them prepare a bowl of very cold water. Take the eggs from the boiling water directly into the cold water and leave them there until they are cool to the touch.

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Perfect, because they practically peel themselves! This even works well with farm-fresh eggs.

Gently place eggs in pan of cold water. Bring water to a boil, cover with lid, remove pan from fire (leave lid on pan), %26amp; let set 20 minutes. Drain water, add very cold water (may add ice cubes), let set for 2 or 3 minutes, then drain. Replace lid. While holding lid securely in place, carefully shake the pan of eggs until eggshells are cracked into very small pieces, %26amp; eggs are either out of the shells or easily removed from them. Rinse eggs clean of all shell pieces. Use boiled eggs as desired.

Note: This is a good way to boil eggs to paint for Easter, minus the shaking of the pan, of course. An added benefit is that the eggs will NOT have that ugly green ring around the outside of the yolk, leaving it much more appetizing, tasteful, %26amp; less gaseous.
Reply:the easiest way i have ever boiled eggs, even fresh out of the chicken and to the stove is just before the water starts to boil, i sprinkle some salt into the water, i dont know what it does, but the shell peels like it has a zipper on it. oh yeah, drain the hot water and rinse with cold water and letr sit for a few minutes so you dont burn your fingers.
Reply:Fresh eggs are always a pain to peel in my experience. My grandma always told me to put a capful of vinegar in the water that I boiled the eggs in and it has seemed to do the trick for me. I add the vinegar to my water, boil my eggs then run cold water over them. Good luck!
Reply:Actually, there is nothing you can do. When the shell sticks to the egg white, it means the eggs are very fresh. Unfortunately, eggs that are a little older will peel better.
Reply:Peel them under running water.
Reply:Use fresh eggs. They have more air in them, which will release them after you have run them under ice water (must be cooled as quickley as possible) The egg will actually shrink and the shell will stay the same.
Reply:if they are hot used cold water and if they are cold break them under hot water
Reply:This has always caused me immense frustration. I got a microwave egg cooker at Walmart for $4.99 and have had no problems since. It is egg shaped and cooks 4 eggs at a time in 10 minutes. The peels SLIDE off practically in one piece and the eggs never get tough like they can when you boil them on the stove.None of the aforementioned methods ever worked for me.

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