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Sun Dec 25, 2011, 12:01 PM

The egg shells stuck to the eggs. I hate peeling hard-boiled eggs.

I've tried different things over the years: Salting the water, not salting the water. Cooling them in water. Cooling them in the frig. Sometimes something (who knows what) works, and the membrane takes the whole shell in connected pieces.

I can tell you what did NOT work. I did the boiling last night and let them cool room temperature overnight. It was a prolonged torture of yanking off pieces, of course rinsing whatever's left afterwards to make sure pieces aren't left. Luckily, I had boiled more than the minimum needed, so the halves and 3/4s stretched.

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Reply The egg shells stuck to the eggs. I hate peeling hard-boiled eggs. (Original post)
UTUSN Dec 2011 OP
Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2011 #1
rug Dec 2011 #2
Shoe Horn Dec 2011 #19
hlthe2b Dec 2011 #3
deucemagnet Dec 2011 #4
MiddleFingerMom Dec 2011 #5
Little Star Dec 2011 #6
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enough Dec 2011 #8
IcyPeas Dec 2011 #9
ironflange Dec 2011 #22
seabeyond Dec 2011 #10
Archae Dec 2011 #11
LiberalEsto Dec 2011 #12
graywarrior Dec 2011 #13
madinmaryland Dec 2011 #17
graywarrior Dec 2011 #18
Ikonoklast Dec 2011 #14
alphafemale Dec 2011 #15
zanana1 Dec 2011 #27
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #16
zanana1 Dec 2011 #20
UTUSN Dec 2011 #21
UTUSN Dec 2011 #23
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Curmudgeoness Dec 2011 #24
eppur_se_muova Dec 2011 #25
zanana1 Dec 2011 #26
blogslut Dec 2011 #28
freshwest Dec 2011 #29

Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 12:12 PM

1. They were too fresh, maybe?

The only thing that works for me is to wait to boil them until they are past their 'exp date'. Start in cold water, bring to a boil for 5-7 min. drain immediately and fill with cold water. Change the water a few times when it gets warm.

This process always works, but I don't know which part of it is the reason they peel easier.

Stick them in the fridge to get colder and harder before trying to peel. you can also fill a bowl with cold water, crack the eggs all over by tapping them on the counter and let them sit in the water a few min. it will seep in between the membranes and help lubricate the process

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 12:12 PM

2. It's a damned hard life yet we persevere.

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Response to rug (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 07:48 PM

19. ....

It's the sense of humor... the little things... that help us along.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 12:14 PM

3. Use older eggs--near their "maturity" date...

That and the ice cube rinse has helped me... (Oh, and start peeling at the round end of the egg to get an air pocket going)...

I've found the fresher the eggs, the more problems I have with this, though.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 12:15 PM

4. This method works best for me:

Put the eggs in at least two quarts of water. You want enough water to maintain its heat for a while. Bring the eggs and water just to a boil, then turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let it sit for 25 minutes. Drain the hot water and replace with cold water and a tray or two of ice cubes. Let it sit for another 10 minutes. The eggs should peel much easier (most, if not all). This method has the added benefit of keeping the yolks from discoloring, if you want them to look pretty.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 12:18 PM

5. What has worked mostly for me is a QUICKER cooling...

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... rinsing them well in cold water and then putting them in a big
bowl of water with a small amount of ice cubes. Room temp or
even in the fridge seems to cause the cooling egg whites to
adhere MORE than they usually would without the methods
that I use.
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By the way, for anyone making deviled eggs -- finely mince a
can of tuna and add it to the yolk mixture for an amazing treat!!!
.
I sprinkle them with a little more paprika (actually SMOKED
paprika) than usual as the tuna dulls the usual bright yellow
of the yolks a little bit.
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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 12:27 PM

6. Next time.....

try this method if you want Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs:

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_perfect_hard_boiled_eggs/

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 01:14 PM

7. Put some Baking Soda in the water when there boiling. Works everytime.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 02:25 PM

8. I use super-fresh eggs from the Egg Guy just up the road.

My method for hard-boiled fresh eggs that are not impossible to peel:

Bring water to a boil. Take pot off heat. SLOWLY lower the eggs one at a time into the very hot water on a large spoon. Return to heat and cook.

Plunge boiled eggs into cold water immediately and peel within a couple of minutes. If the cold water warms up in that time, refresh with more cold water.

This isn't foolproof (sometimes the egg cracks when going into the water, but if you let it sit in the water for a minute or so before returning to the boil, the crack will "cook over" and the egg won't spill out into the water). But it works pretty well and avoids a lot of frustration.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 03:32 PM

9. Eggies (as seen on TV)

I am very tempted to try these. If it works as they say, it resolves this peeling problem.

Has anyone seen this commercial?

https://www.geteggiestv.com/?tag=im|sm|bi|tm&a_aid=011&a_bid=532e311e

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 09:55 PM

22. We bought a set

They actually work very well. Come out looking a little funny, so if you want perfect ovoids, forget it. Otherwise, Eggies are one of those rare TV gadgets that actually work as advertised.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 03:40 PM

10. mine did, too. dontcha hate that. the ironic, is it is fresh eggs that are hard to peel

you would think you would want fresh eggs. i actually google hard boil eggs tryin to figure out if best to start with cold water or boiling water. it says put in pan, add water and increase heat. dont boil. when boil, take off heat and let cook.

still didnt work

ah well.

oh, and i added salt.

but i read fresh eggs tht hardest to peel. should have taken them seriously. i had an older carton.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 03:40 PM

11. Funny thing, the eggs from the liquor store across the street peel the easiest.

Seriously!

I buy a dozen fresh eggs from Superior Liquor across the street, boil them, cool them, and the shell just falls off.

Ones from the grocery stores take forever to peel like you describe.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 03:57 PM

12. Try wetting the eggs and wetting your hands with cool water

That worked fairly well for me the last time I made hard-boiled eggs.
I think it was having wet hands that helped get that membrane off.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:27 PM

13. Try peeling hard boiled ducks!

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #13)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 06:41 PM

17. DAMN YOU!!

You owe me a new keyboard!!




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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 06:43 PM

18. You owe me 100 of them

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:36 PM

14. MY GOD WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END!!!!






















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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 04:56 PM

15. EGGIES!!!!!

lmao

&feature=player_embedded#!

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 26, 2011, 12:29 AM

27. It looks like more work than boiling them! nt

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 05:38 PM

16. It has more to do with the age of the egg than what you do with it.

 

Still, when they are done boiling, run cold water into the pan for about 15 minutes and then shut off the water and put in a shitload of ice cubes. About an hour later, they will feel cool but the insides will still be warm. That's the best time to peel them. Put them (peeled) into a zipper freezer bag and put them in the produce bin. Put the shells in the compost - they're great for that.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 08:28 PM

20. A very simple trick I learned a long time ago...

When the eggs are done boiling, take them out and let them cool in the fridge. Then, take an egg and puncture the "pointy" end. Take a teaspoon, ease it (facedown) right under the shell and follow the curve of the egg with the spoon. Easy, quick and works every time.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 09:33 PM

21. Ya know, I wonder. I can spend a LOT of effort on threads and get NOTHING

yet with this ... but thanks (The one that gets me is the critique about IS THIS the worst you can complain about?!1)


By the bye, I have had MY share of "rain" in my life, and peeling eggshells ain't my BIGGEST

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #21)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 10:05 PM

23. And *think* about it: Dealing with the contradictory "solutions"!1 n/t

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #23)

Mon Dec 26, 2011, 04:24 AM

30. you sound

 

...pretty hard boiled yerself!

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 10:22 PM

24. A few tips....vinegar in the water

when you boil them and use older eggs. And my aunt who had problems with her eyesight always used brown eggs so she could see any shell that was still left behind.

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 11:15 PM

25. Meh. Just tap the ends hard, roll the egg around until the shell is all broken up.

Pinch the 'bubble' at one end and start pulling the membrane loose. Sometimes just gently squeezing the egg at the opposite end will cause the whole membrane to slip off in one piece. If not, just peel the egg under running cold water -- water gets between the membrane and the egg, and also helps wash away any little bits of clinging shell that are left behind.

As for how you cook it, I can't tell that it matters, as long as the egg is cooked hard enough.

Never been a big deal for me.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #25)

Mon Dec 26, 2011, 12:22 AM

26. WE HAVE A WINNER! nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #25)

Mon Dec 26, 2011, 12:34 AM

28. This ^

Cracking the shell all over before you try to remove it. Works pretty well.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #28)

Mon Dec 26, 2011, 02:00 AM

29. Yup. I salt & boil them, put them in cold water, roll them in my hands to crack the shell. Easy.

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