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Old 03-18-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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Question Best way to make a hard boiled egg?

I put my eggs into cold water, with lots of salt, and bring it to a boil.

When the water reaches boiling I remove it. After ten minutes I replace the hot water with cold.

After cooling, they are very difficult to peel, or remove the shell.

I have searched Google and found many different ways to peel eggs. None work well.

What am I doing wrong?

Is there a better way to make eggs that are easier to peel?

Thank you for your help.


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Old 03-18-2016, 10:09 PM   #2
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Hi mobile1, and welcome.

Are your eggs super fresh? They tend to be harder to peel if they are. Here's a recent thread with a link to others, with probably more opinions and info that you ever wanted to know. Again, welcome! Look around the various forums and join on in!

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Old 03-19-2016, 05:10 AM   #3
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Since you asked...I had the same problem. I bought a $15 gizmo at Walmart that holds 6 eggs and steams the eggs hard boiled. You pierce the top of the egg, then steam them. When done, you plunge them into cold water. The sudden cooling sucks water into the egg shell from the hole. They peel really easy after that. My wife and I had egg salad sandwiches for a long time. Best thing I ever got.

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Old 03-19-2016, 05:55 AM   #4
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Yes I can vouch for the easier peeling resulting from making a hole in the wider end of the egg first (that has the air). Also I tend to very lightly 'bash' the egg (once done) and roll it a little. The rolling helps keep the pieces together when peeling.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:08 AM   #5
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Welcome to DC!

I've tried various foolproof methods for peeling eggs and I still run into an egg from time to time that just does not peel easily or perfectly. If I am making deviled eggs and need pretty eggs I cook one or two more than I need, if I find a clunker in the batch I chop it up and add it to the filling, no worries!

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Old 03-19-2016, 09:00 AM   #6
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Oddly, I've found if I peel my HB eggs while they're still slightly warm, it works pretty slick. If I put them in the fridge with the shells still on and peel them later, it's a crapshoot.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:11 AM   #7
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I pierce the blunt end of each egg with a push pin and cook it to hard boiled.

Then I pour off the hot water, shake the pan with the eggs to crack the shells all over and fill the pan with ice water. When the eggs are completely cooled, I peel then under a trickle of cold tap water.

As someone else mentioned, older eggs are easier to peel. So if you're getting eggs ready for Easter, go out and buy them today.

I hesitated to post here as I fear another 100+ post thread on hard boiled eggs. We already have several.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:00 PM   #8
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I've never put much thought into making boiled eggs. I've always just boiled them and peeled them. Worked for me every time...
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Old 03-19-2016, 02:53 PM   #9
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:01 AM   #10
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