Pealing hard boiled eggs

United States
May 1, 2007 12:46pm CST
I have such a hard time getting that egg shell off the egg once it is boiled. Any suggestions? I have tried running it under cold water. Cracking and letting it sit in cold water. Putting the raw eggs in cold water, bring to a boil, shut off and let stand for 15 minutes. Today, I cut my finger trying to get the shell off, and lost part of the white.
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
1 May 07
The trick to removing the shells neatly and easily from hard boiled eggs only has a little to do with sitting in cold water. The trick is using eggs that are a week to ten days old as opposed to brand new eggs. The older eggs have a different PH value and that makes the shells easier to remove. Cook the older eggs in salted boiling water and rinse clean when they are done. You can place them in iced water for about fifteen minutes and then remove the shells (water should be iced for best results).
• United States
1 May 07
thanks for the tip. I'm going to ty it out.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
1 May 07
Sorry you cut yourself. Those little shards can be so sharp! The freshness of the egg has a lot to do with how easy it is to peel. The older the egg, the easier it is. The skin inside the shell is relaxed and pulls away from the hard casing. A tip I learned from reading a really, REALLY old cookbook is add salt, LOTS of salt to your water. This also helps that soft skin inside the shell to relax and pull away from the shell. Cool your eggs slightly and peel while still warm. You can run them under cold water while peeling if they are too hot. I hope this helps! Peeling eggs used to be such a pain until I started salting the water. It does work!! Good luck!
• United States
1 May 07
I guess I never really thought about the fact that some people might not put salt in the water when they were boiling the eggs. lol I just always have. But I have always had problems peeling them if I tried to do it when they were warm. wonder why. oh well.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
1 May 07
I guess it's just habit for me to peel while they are hot. I don't know if the temperature has anything to do with it or not. I do know that completely cold eggs never peel for me. Funny, huh? Maybe it's the chickens--yeah, let's blame it on the chickens!!! LOL!!!
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
4 May 07
Thank you for the best response. I hope that the ideas you've gained from your post helped.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
1 May 07
Part about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the water you boil them in and you will never have the problem again.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
1 May 07
Ooops. Obviously I didn't read all responses before just typing away. Do I get a negative rating for that. Ha.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
1 May 07
I have that same problem sometimes,and i always cook them the same way. Sometimes they peel very easily other times I almost ruin the egg.
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@rodeotexas (1154)
• United States
1 May 07
Hmmm I never have that problem. After I boil them I run them under cold water and then let them sit a little bit. Then I just start peeling them. Sometimes they are a little hard t get off but not normally.
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@mel_87 (856)
2 May 07
lol my mum has this problem aswell, after its boiled leave the eggs in the pan and just run cold water over then leave for about 10 mins or abit longer then try to take off the shell the more colder the egg is the better it will come off
@kumar27 (129)
• India
2 May 07
i was virtually laughing at the discussion launched by u. however, if u boil an egg for 5 minutes there is every chance of loosing the white part(albumin) of it. but if u try to peel slowly and carefully u may get full egg i boil for net 10 m,inmutes and pass it to cvold watwr ,when a bit cold i start peeling 5 minutes===half boil 10 minutes==== full boil 2 2/1 minutes=== quarter boil now u get an idea how to peel.if quarter boil ----u must peel very carefuly
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
2 May 07
I have had times when I have peeled a hard boiled egg and the shell just peeled away nicely leaving the egg intact. But for some reason I have also had the shell not want to peel away and therefore have half the egg white left on it. Not sure why as I boil them the same time each time and this is what happens. But I would boil the water, then add the egg and cook for 10 minutes, then run cold water into the saucepan and allow egg to cool. Some times it works and other times.......not!
• United States
2 May 07
this may sound simplistic but after letting it sit in the fridge for a bit i hit the egg really hard again a ceramic plate.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
1 May 07
Hi Margie, the best way that I found in regards to take the egg shell of once the egg is boiled is to take it out of the saucepan letting it cool off a bit then putting it into a tea towel and then hitting the egg shell on the bench and this way it has come off easier so hopefully this will help you.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
1 May 07
I had good luck with turning off the heat after the eggs begin to boil and letting them sit in the hot water for about 25 minutes. You might try to experiment by cooking a few this way. OPPs...I see you tried this before...maybe let them sit for 10 minutes longer. But keep the hammer close by...lol
@calvin222 (1607)
• India
1 May 07
actually they shell best when hot. crush the shell all around and just peel it off. when you try to remove bigger chunks of the shell the insides also come along.