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Old 09-24-2006, 10:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Is there a trick to peeling hard boiled eggs without wrecking the whole egg? All of a sudden the last few batches I've made all come apart when I peel them. I've tried doing it when they're cool, hot, dry, wet.

What am I doing wrong??

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Using eggs that are too fresh. Seriously. Eggs that are a little older work better for hard-boiling. You can also try adding a splash of vinegar to the cooking water, but your best bet is to get staler (?) eggs. HTH!
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That makes sense, because we've been getting eggs from my MIL's chickens for the past few weeks. Interesting!

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I have found over and over that IF I put the eggs under the cold tap water when they are complete I have NO problems peeling them.
If I let them sit for 20min or more then put them under cold water it does not help.. has to be immediately. But it has worked every time for me.. just cold water until they are cool then no problems at all peeling.
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The freshness is a big factor, as a PP said.

I've found that if I have a batch that are too fresh and not peeling well, if I crack them and flake off a bit of shell so the membrane underneath is broken, then place them in a bowl of water for a few minutes, it helps loosen the shell - the water seeps between the membrane and the white.
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Putting it in very cold water's always worked for me. However, I just got some eggs from a farmer yesterday and couldn't get the eggs peeled at all without peeling off some white.
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A few tricks

~ crack the fat end of the egg before cooking with something like a butterknife

~ After cooking submerge in ice water

All of our eggs are fresh
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I second submerging in cold (ice) water. You can also beat them up a bit when submerging *immediately* in cold water (like just pourm roughly into the collato drain before putting in the cold water). Then, when cool, I crack flat on the counter and roll. The little cracked pieces all stick to the membrane and come off in a big pieces. Easier IMO than trying to peel piece by piece from a crack.
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