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#61630 - 07/25/09 09:37 AM peeling eggs
Geezer Offline
Bantam

Registered: 04/26/09
Posts: 68
Loc: Florida
I read somewhere that older eggs are easier than fresh eggs to peel when hard boiled.. This must be true because the fresh ones I boiled the other day were almost impossible.. Anyone know how long to "age" eggs to make them peel easier??

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#61631 - 07/25/09 10:30 AM Re: peeling eggs
IPF Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 466
Loc: Canada
Yes, it is definitely true. A couple of days is long enough, generally. Also, you can use a spoon with about the same curvature as the egg to help peel it; just slide it between the shell and the white, and move it around the egg.

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#61632 - 07/25/09 02:13 PM Re: peeling eggs
Fowled Out Offline
Coop Cleaner

Registered: 06/11/07
Posts: 227
Loc: Arkansas
If you are not in a hurry for them, refrigerate them for several hours after boiling and them submerge in cold water while cracking them and it makes it somewhat easier.

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#61633 - 07/25/09 03:15 PM Re: peeling eggs
Skyie1 Offline
Chick

Registered: 05/04/09
Posts: 15
Loc: Wisconsin
This is what I do, and it has worked well. I add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water, bring it to a boil, add room temp eggs, cover and simmer on low heat for 18 minutes. I then take the pan and put in the sink and start running cold water in the pan. Once the water in the pan is very cold, I add ice cubes to the pan. I wait about 5 minutes for the egg to have cooled complety, and then I tap the fat end (air pocket) and peel from that end. Seems to work well. I have done this on same-day-laid eggs without issues.

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#61634 - 07/25/09 03:41 PM Re: peeling eggs
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Bantam

Registered: 04/26/09
Posts: 68
Loc: Florida
hmmm interesting baking soda added.. then cool to ice temp.. ok it seems that the chilling must shrink the egg away from the shell a bit.. I will try some i just collected today.. Then some after a cpl of days.. see if there is a difference.. Thanks for the tips...

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#61635 - 07/26/09 05:55 AM Re: peeling eggs
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Bantam

Registered: 04/26/09
Posts: 68
Loc: Florida
OK did some "research" yesterday.. Took 6 eggs born yesterday and boiled them 18min. (I didn't have any baking soda) cooled them with water, then put them in ice water. After 30min I peeled 2 eggs, didn't peel well, waited 30 more min. peeled 2 more, didn't peel well.. 30more min. peeled 1 egg, wasn't impressed... 30 more min peeled the last egg after 2hrs in very cold water & wasn't impressed again..

Ok now I am going to do some research on the age of the eggs & peeling ease. I will save 2 eggs per day for the next 10 days. I will put the date layed on them. When I have the 20 eggs I will boil all of them & peel them in order from fresh to 10 days old to see if/where they become easy to peel.. (I have 2 much time on my hands)

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#61636 - 07/26/09 03:46 PM Re: peeling eggs
Lifelong Learner Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/27/06
Posts: 126
Loc: Louisiana
Why baking soda?

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#61637 - 07/26/09 04:02 PM Re: peeling eggs
Maria Ricardo Offline
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Coop Keeper

Registered: 03/26/05
Posts: 434
Loc: Hawaii
Try steaming the eggs.

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#61638 - 07/26/09 09:11 PM Re: peeling eggs
Fowled Out Offline
Coop Cleaner

Registered: 06/11/07
Posts: 227
Loc: Arkansas
Try rolling and cracking the eggs while under water. After they are cold. Saw some egg peeling champion do this on TV. Now I don't know how old the eggs were.

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#61639 - 07/26/09 11:34 PM Re: peeling eggs
J. Waller Offline
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Registered: 04/16/04
Posts: 158
Loc: Minnesota
Have no idea why, but a splash of vinegar in the water, bring to a boil and then add fresh eggs. Allow to cool and they do peel o.k.

I'll put a couple dozen in the back of the fridge and leave them there for several weeks. Then they peel o.k.
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