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Exhale15 03-27-2013 05:23 PM

Hard-boiled eggs
 
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

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Originally Posted by Exhale15 (Post 4684314)
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

Quote:

Originally Posted by Novus (Post 4684829)
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!


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