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Old 04-18-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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Old eggs is definetly the 'trick' as it were... fresh eggs just don't peel, period.
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Bummer. My Mom went all domestic for a change and she did them for me before I even woke up And she uses the exact same method as me, so I am considering that the problem might just be me

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I find cold eggs are easier to peel.

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Older eggs to start with, or boil them and let them sit in the fridge for a couple days before you try to peel them.
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My grandmother peels them by using a spoon. Crack the shell a little then slides the spoon under the shell and flip it off. She has it down to a science.
That's what I do. I kind of crack it all over a little though and then slide the spoon from the bottom (thicker end).

fwiw I do put my eggs in ice water after boiling, but I don't crack them until I'm ready to eat them.
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A spoonful of baking soda in the water helps a lot - I got that tip from Martha FWIW!
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I totally vote for running them under cold water after coking and then peelng soon after. I find it works every time.

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Old eggs is definetly the 'trick' as it were... fresh eggs just don't peel, period.
If you steam them, it doesn't matter how fresh they are. They peel easily every time.

I've posted this so many times and yet, the majority of the posts say the same things. I promise, promise, promise steaming eggs is the best way to get them to peel easily every single time.

What will it hurt to just try it once everyone? :-)
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So you steam them like you would steam broccoli or green beans?? I've never heard that before, but it just might be worth a try... How long do you steam them for??
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This is the coolest video of how to peel a hard-boiled egg EVER.
I have to *assume* that no one watched this awesome video!!! He says to throw some baking soda in the water and you can then crack each end of the egg and use your mouth to BLOW THE EGG OUT OF THE SHELL. Hello?! No cracking and peeling at all!

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Sorry, no time to read replies....

Add lots of salt to the boiling water. I don't measure but I imagine it is a couple of tablespoons. Once I started doing this I've never had trouble with getting the shells off easily.

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For the lady that steams them, can you tell me more about your timing? And if they turn out different in any other way, I'll certainly try it out. I like my method but always open to finding a better one.

For the talk about exspansion and contraction... I don't think you can lump together the behavior of diferent temps effect on a particular liquid or solid. and the diference of water in it's liquid to solid form in the same therory. They play by different rules. Cold water sinks and hot water rises to the top. This is because it is less dense. It is less dense because it has expanded.

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So you steam them like you would steam broccoli or green beans?? I've never heard that before, but it just might be worth a try... How long do you steam them for??
Yep, just like veggies. I have a metal steamer basket (leftover from an old rice cooker) that sits on top of my pot.

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For the lady that steams them, can you tell me more about your timing? And if they turn out different in any other way, I'll certainly try it out. I like my method but always open to finding a better one.
I put the eggs in, cover and start the timer when the water begins to boil. About 10 minutes for hard-cooked and 7 for medium. If you start the timer at the very beginning , it's probably 20 minutes.

Here's a ehow link I found that shows it:
http://www.ehow.com/video_2348232_steam-cook-eggs.html
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