Hard Boiled Eggs

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Essex Girl

Hard Boiled Eggs

Is there science behind peeling these successfully? Sometimes the shells come off very easily and other times lumps of the white come away with the shell when I do them. Does anyone know if it's anything to do with the age of the eggs or the length of time boiled or perhaps how long they're left before peeling. :-/

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Gerry

EGGS

Age: eggs gradually lose moisture as they age and sink to the bottom in a mug of cold water, so take longer to cook.

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Wendy

Eggs

Having got three hens, I find the fresher the egg the harder they are to peel after boiling and agree with Gerry's comments too.

Wendy

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Welshcookie

Hard boiled eggs.

When they have boiled for sufficient time, remove saucepan from heat. Drain off water. Hold lid on saucepan and shake vigorously so that all the shells are cracked well. Pour on cold water and leave to cool. I have used this method for ever; learnt at my mother's knee.

If you only boil for 6 minutes to produce a slightly soft yolk, shake the pan gently, but enough to crack the shells.

It is the cold water getting between the shell and egg that makes it easy to shell.

PS. I have never found older eggs take longer to cook, but I agree very fresh eggs are easier to shell cleanly.

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Welshcookie

Hard boiled eggs.

A mistake crept in there! Very fresh eggs are more difficult to shell cleanly. Sorry.

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Essex Girl

Peeling Eggs

Thank you everyone for your advice. I particularly like the idea of shaking the pan! I've always cooled them off in cold water - I was told that it stops them from forming a dark ring round the yolk. Don't know whether or not that's true.

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Lilablu

Hard Boiled Eggs

I was told to tap them gently all over then roll them gently on a worktop to loosen the shells - works for me

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Honey

Hard Boiled Eggs

I was also told to empty out the hot water and then to leave them under a running cold tap so that you had them under running water for a few minutes to avoid getting a dark rim between the yolk and the white. I also then bash them all over on the work surface and they seem to come off easily. Perhaps you're too gentle with them. I remember at school we were told to prize the shells off with the handle of a teaspoon, but I think that must surely be to do with hygiene? I can't imagine that that makes it any easier. I hasten to add, I don't use a teaspoon!

H x

 
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