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Old 05-07-2004, 07:21 AM   #1
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Shelling hardboiled eggs!

Come on! There has GOT to be a secret as to how you get the darned shells off of the hardboiled eggs without taking half an hour each, or half of the egg itself!

I am so darned agitated with this problem. I have times when they come off so easily and clean and others when I just shove the darn half-shelled egg back in the fridge and wait till I can cool off enough to try it

I do my eggs the way an old neighbour told me years ago. For really tender eggs she said that you put them in cold water and bring them to a boil and then take them off the stove and let them sit for 20 minutes. After that you run cold water over them for abit and then leave them sit in it for awhile.

I'm happy with these eggs the way they turn out, but have a problem from time to time shelling them.

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Old 05-07-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
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Ah! A :?: I have an answer for!

It has to do with the age of your eggs. Older eggs peel much more easily than very fresh ones because the membrane around the white shrinks some. Keep your eggs at least a week before hard-boiling and you should have better luck. Of course it becomes very clear that not all the eggs in a carton are the same age! :? because some will peel easily but not others.

Another tip I've seen is to put a rubber band around the carton and store the egg carton on it's side. That will center your yokes better.

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Old 05-07-2004, 12:31 PM   #3
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great info...thanks...I'm in such a rush...

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Old 05-07-2004, 12:57 PM   #4
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Lindatooo's advice was good. As far as getting the shells off, the easiest way I have found is to tap each end on the counter or cutting board. Then roll the egg between the counter and your palm. You should hear it cracking all over. Then peel it under cold running water.

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Old 05-07-2004, 03:10 PM   #5
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Hi Barbara,

That's basically what I do, but somewhere I read that you should start peeling at the rounded (larger) end. I always do, but I hate trying to get the shells off!

I don't always have alot of trouble, but the times when I do, I feel like there has got to be a secret that has been well kept by someone, somewhere! It's so irritating!

Thanks for the advice.
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After cooking the eggs... immediatly throw them in very cold water.
Wait 2-5 minutes and peel. Because of the temp difference the eggs (inside) will shrink. And the goo (yes.. I know, Im very technical) will harden a bit, making it easier to rip off more shell at a time.
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After cooking the eggs... immediatly throw them in very cold water.
Wait 2-5 minutes and peel. Because of the temp difference the eggs (inside) will shrink. And the goo (yes.. I know, Im very technical) will harden a bit, making it easier to rip off more shell at a time.
I do immerse them in cold running water..letting it run over them for awhile and then let them sit in it. I still have trouble some of the time though.

Maybe it's just me, or maybe the eggs are old?
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Put them in a POT of very cold water.... not just under running water.
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Put them in a POT of very cold water.... not just under running water.
I DO put them in a pot of very cold water, after letting cold water run over them for awhile.

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Jovin it's the opposite problem...your eggs are too new not too old...try keeping them a week. It will help..promise!
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