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Exhale15
03-27-2013, 05:23 PM
OK, basic basic question. It's been ages since I've made hard-boiled eggs, but made some yesterday because I want to get out of my breakfast bagel habit.

How do you make them so the egg shells don't pull off the white? By the time I've gotten all the egg shell off, there's very little egg white left, because the shell is sticking to the white.

:o What to do :o


penmage
03-27-2013, 05:57 PM
I always have more trouble trying to peel fresh eggs. When I've had the carton nearly a week, it's much easier. Also, you can add a bit of salt or baking soda (I prefer baking soda) to the water to help the shell come off more easily.

Now you've got me thinking about eggs! I might have to go make some...

Jez
03-27-2013, 06:03 PM
I've learned i'm too impatient when trying to peel eggs. After I cook them, I let them sit in cold/ice water for at least an hour, so they contract away from the shell a bit before attempting to peel.


bargoo
03-27-2013, 07:59 PM
My solution is the same as Jez, plunge them into cold water right away.

ChickieChicks
03-27-2013, 08:05 PM
The older the egg, the more naturally they will separate. We have super fresh eggs (our own chickens) and have to save the for weeks before hard boiling them. But that is about the same amount of time it takes for store bought eggs to reach your house.

amandie
03-27-2013, 08:38 PM
I have read of tricks of adding salt, white vinegar and/or baking soda to make it easier but older eggs are best and right after an hour of being in ice-cold water for easier peeling.

SaraBobera
03-27-2013, 10:11 PM
OK, basic basic question. It's been ages since I've made hard-boiled eggs, but made some yesterday because I want to get out of my breakfast bagel habit.

How do you make them so the egg shells don't pull off the white? By the time I've gotten all the egg shell off, there's very little egg white left, because the shell is sticking to the white.

:o What to do :o

Pour the hot water out of the container they were originally in , fill it with cold water instead and let the egg sit in there for a few minutes , crack the shell against a hard surface then peel .

tommy
03-27-2013, 10:24 PM
Much as noted above but crack them against side of container right away so cool water can seep in. Then when completely cool use a gentle thumb rolling motion to peel them. If you feel it start to pull the lining is probably tearing so get your thumb under that again.

Novus
03-28-2013, 05:11 AM
Bizarre. My experience is completely different from what everyone else has said - I find they peel better when warm than when cold. I put them in cool water until I can just barely handle them without burning myself and the shell slips right off.

Also, did you know you can BAKE eggs in the shell for non-boil hardcooked eggs? (I was so terrified to try this...I thought the eggs would explode! But it really does work.) Just put the eggs in a muffin tin (1 egg per hole) and place in cold oven. Turn oven on to 350 degrees and cook for 20-30 minutes. (Your time will vary somewhat based on your oven. You'll have to experiment to find the best time.) Quick and easy and they taste more rich and creamy than boiled ones.

Exhale15
03-28-2013, 02:38 PM
Thanks guys :)

midwife
03-28-2013, 11:32 PM
Novus, I had heard that and was too scared to try it! I'll give it a shot.

Mara
03-29-2013, 09:09 AM
I have started making mine in the oven. Just put them in muffin pan in the oven at 325 F for 30 minutes. Yes, it takes longer but I can just set the timer and walk away. No need to stand over the boiling pan. After I take them out of the oven I put them in ice water for 10 minutes. Also I can make a dozen easily for the week or so. :)

* Missed Novus's reply. :) They are creamier texture.

Keep Moving Forward
06-07-2013, 09:48 AM
Also, did you know you can BAKE eggs in the shell for non-boil hardcooked eggs? (I was so terrified to try this...I thought the eggs would explode! But it really does work.) Just put the eggs in a muffin tin (1 egg per hole) and place in cold oven. Turn oven on to 350 degrees and cook for 20-30 minutes. (Your time will vary somewhat based on your oven. You'll have to experiment to find the best time.) Quick and easy and they taste more rich and creamy than boiled ones.

I will be trying that!!!

I only recently started making hard boiled eggs, but I've had consistent success with my process: I let them boil for about a minute, then turn off the heat, & cover the pot for 9-10 minutes. Then I put them in a bowl of ice water for 20 minutes. To peel them, I take a knife & tap the egg with it to make a lengthwise crack all the way around it & then I can remove the shell pretty easily without removing the good stuff.


How long can hard boiled eggs be kept? Sometimes I forget about them & end up with a few leftover at the end of the week & I never know how long they'll stay good.

BettyBooty
06-10-2013, 07:09 AM
I got an egg cooker - called Henrietta Hen - and use that to make hard boiled eggs. I could never quite time them right when boiling on the stovetop. I just read the baking method up thread, but it is too bloody hot this time of year to ber messing with the oven.

crispin
06-11-2013, 12:15 PM
I must be buying older eggs because I rarely have this problem. :(

I do put them in cold water for a few minutes after they're done; maybe that's also why. Yes, that's what I'll tell myself. ;)

The way I boil: Put them in the pot with water, once the water boils set the timer for 6 minutes, turn off burner, let them sit in the water a couple of minutes, then drain and add cold water.

I've never heard of baking them. I'm def gonna try that!

OK Lizzy
06-11-2013, 03:58 PM
One more addition to the "how to's" regarding boiled eggs -- a fun LAZY way to make Easter eggs is simply add the food coloring and vinegar to the water you boil the eggs in. Of course, they're all one color -- unless you grew up on a farm like I did, with lots of fresh eggs -- and also lots of siblings! -- so your Mama would boil several dozen for us to hide and then eventually eat.

prayersinchairs
09-18-2013, 11:50 PM
Letting them sit in the cold water helps, but if you're as impatient (or in a hurry) as I am, I always just peel them straight under the cold running water. I get a few chunks here and there that have been peeled off, but never too much.

shrewlu
09-19-2013, 02:48 AM
I'm going to try to bake them in the shells tomorrow. Sounds like fun!

Wesstrom
09-30-2013, 09:16 AM
I did the hard baked eggs and they were good but ended up with a couple of brown spots. Did I bake them too long? Is this from where they touched my pan? Can I use silicone inserts and will this help. Thanks for any feed back.

Bluebird
07-08-2014, 04:19 PM
This doesn't have to do with peeling them, but I boil them in my electric kettle. It automatically shuts off once the water is boiling, and I try to time it after that for 15 minutes, but I've actually gone and forgotten about them for a half hour or more and they were still fine. Just be sure to start with cold water and cover them by an inch or so, so they won't crack. To peel them I make sure they are wet and the water gets under the shell and rarely have a problem.

canadianwoman
07-09-2014, 12:40 AM
I've often wondered if I could boil eggs in my rice cooker.

maddierep
07-09-2014, 03:10 AM
when i take them off the stove, i tip them out to dry on the counter, and using a spoon or just the counter, crack the entire shell all over. Once they cool, the already cracked shell is very easy to peel. They're easier to carry also (i normally have breakfast at my desk in the office) so the shell's still on, but easy to remove. if i don't crack the shell it sometimes stick to the whites as the egg cools.

JerseyGyrl
07-09-2014, 10:37 AM
I add white vinegar to the water when boiling and immediately put them into a pan of cold water when boiling is finished. Never had any problem peeling them.

Wannabehealthy
07-13-2014, 08:14 AM
A long time ago I heard that you could pierce the wide end of an egg with a pin and it would help with peeling the egg. I did that for a while and then I bought this gadget. You gently press down on the egg and it pierces a pin hole in the egg shell before boiling. I put my eggs in cold water and when the water starts to boil I set my timer for 10 min. When done I put them in cold water, but just long enough to cool them so I can handle them. We prefer to eat our boiled eggs warm. Sometimes if I have a boiled egg in the refrigerator I will set it in boiling water for a minute or two to warm it up! LOL

Edit: I would not use this if I intended to dye the eggs for Easter. I think the dye might seep through the little pinhole.

raebeaR
07-13-2014, 10:38 AM
Easiest method of all: Steam them. Really. Once you try it, you'll never go back to boiling them.

I take eggs straight from my hens and do this and no problem peeling. You don't need to fuss with vinegar or piercing the end or anything else. Just place your eggs in a steamer basket with 3 inches or so of water in the bottom of the steamer, bring to a boil and steam them for 12-14 minutes. Immediately plunge into cold water. (The plunge is to stop the cooking process and to keep the ugly blue sulfur ring from forming. It's got nothing to do with why the eggs are easier to peel.)

Really, you won't believe the difference.

IanG
07-13-2014, 07:17 PM
Cold water.

And if you think chickens' eggs are fiddly, you should try quails'. I eat 3 a day.