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Old 06-17-2010, 06:51 AM   #11
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Wife boils eggs, I don't so this could be way wrong. I thought I heard that if you add a tbs or so of vinegar they will peel easier? I've read about it for crab and maybe I'm just all messed up. Happens all the time.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:39 AM   #12
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The vinegar will help coagulate any bits of the egg that might escape via a cracked shell. I find that old eggs are easier to peel; really fresh eggs are much harder to peel.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:29 AM   #13
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Yup, that's how I do it also. Bring to boil, cover, remove from heat and let set for 17 mins. Then drain off the hot water, cover with cold water and add a tray of ice cubes to the water. I'll have to try using the spoon trick for peeling
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:50 AM   #14
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There are a number of different ways to make hard cooked eggs come out just right. I do them this way:

Use a pushpin to make a hole in the blunt end of the eggshell.
Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan.
Add your hottest tap water to the pan to cover the eggs by an inch
Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes
Pour off the water and shake the pan to crack the shells all over
Fill the pan with ice cold water and ice or just run cold water into the pan for a few minutes.
Peel and enjoy
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:21 AM   #15
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I use the pin method too - when I remember - lol! It was a Julia Child tip.

I used to use a push pin, but then discovered that the egg-slicing gadget I have (one of the few "gadgets" that I do find extremely useful - cleanly slices hard-boiled eggs in 4 different ways, as well as dices them for salad), has a built-in retractible "push pin" for performing just this task! How handy.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:29 AM   #16
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The "hard"-cooked method described here is easy and foolproof. Any boiling of eggs to achieve the same result can instead sometimes produce rubbery eggs or cracked eggs or unappealing looking eggs.

Those electric egg cookers also work well.
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The "hard"-cooked method described here is easy and foolproof. Any boiling of eggs to achieve the same result can instead sometimes produce rubbery eggs or cracked eggs or unappealing looking eggs.

Those electric egg cookers also work well.
The method I posted was from a food magazine in an interview with Julia. She offered this method of hardcooking eggs. Works for me.
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The method I posted was from a food magazine in an interview with Julia. She offered this method of hardcooking eggs. Works for me.
That's great. The method described in the original post of this thread and the one that I use also comes from many reputable sources. And it works for me better than when I used to boil them. That's what makes the world go 'round, Andy M.
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As I said in my earlier post. There is more than one way to get to properly hard cooked eggs. I am simply offering an alternative, not being critical of the original method.
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Everyone is testy over hard cooked eggs. Hang in there people, the weekend is coming!!
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