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why dont the shells come off easily on my hard boiled eggs?

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by 97guns, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. 97guns

    97guns

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    the only trick i know of is putting them into cold water after boiling them but it doesnt seem to work for me every time. im looking for a guaranteed way of doing it. tia
     
  2. dennis67

    dennis67 Voice of reason

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    Try keeping them in the cold water as you're peeling them.

    Also, crack the shell and roll it back and forth on the surface of the counter. Used together, these ways work for me pretty well.
     

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    A tsp of vinegar and drop the hot water after they are boil and cover them with cool water.

    the shells should come off very easy ;)
     
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    then put them in cold water the yolks won't be green.
     
  5. MrsKitty

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    Your eggs are too fresh.

    We keep an extra dozen in the fridge ahead just so we have "older" eggs. A week or so of age on them and they peel like a dream! ;)
     
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    +1...
     
  7. GlocknSpiehl

    GlocknSpiehl NRA Life Member

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    After I boil them for 10 mins, I put them in Ice water for at least 5 mins until the eggs are very cold. Never have a problem peeling them after that.
     
  8. hispeedlodrag

    hispeedlodrag needs vacation

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    +2 on the older eggs.

    Cookwise is a great book penned by a food biologist...explains everything.
     
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    rhikdavis U.S. Veteran

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    Egg shell is a good source of calcium. ;f
     
  10. Blueyedog2

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    Put a teaspoon of salt in the water. The salt will make the water boil at a slightly higher temp and will make the shell separate from the egg. A commercial steamer works best for hardboiling eggs, but most of us don't have access to that. ;)
     
  11. 97guns

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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, i'll give it a try - but most of my eggs in the fridge are at least a week old already, maybee 2 weeks???? im getting them at around .89 for a dozen of xl's here in cal. so i buy em up cheap and stack em deep.
     
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    I do the same, I had the same problem and grandma told me you have to shock them in cold water right after boiling. I've done it ever since and never had a problem peeling since.
     
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    MB-G26 Non-existent Lifetime Member

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    I tend to drain off the boiling water, run "cold" tap water over them for a bit, drain that off, and then fill the pan (still containing the boiled eggs) with a full try of ice cubes. Then add just alittle more tap water to even around the ice cube temperature. This does seem to help.
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  14. Glockerel

    Glockerel Got Mojo?

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    I bought one of those "As seen on TV" Eggstractors. Holy cow, do they ever work well. I paid like 9 bucks at Targetto. Perfect every time, old eggs or new.
     
  15. 97guns

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    thanks im currently in the market for an eggstractor(im a smart shopper) and was wondering if they still need to be soaked in cold water or do you go straight from boiling water to eggstractor without fail?
     
  16. Glockerel

    Glockerel Got Mojo?

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    I recall they are still warm when you zap the shells off. If you can't get one at Target, I'll bet they're on eBay.
     
  17. 97guns

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    thats where im trying to score one
     
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    97guns

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    i just snagged one for $1 + $4.99 to get it home, hope to have it by easter weekend.
     
  19. Mrs. VR

    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    did you get one? And how did it work? I wish I'd had one for Passover. :upeyes:
     
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    i received it just now, ill give it a try this weekend.