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peeling a hard boiled egg...

i just cant seem to do it! for some reason when i do it i peel off alot of the egg! how do i not peel off the egg with the shell or is there something wrong with the freshness of the egg?


Asked by americansugar80 at 12:55 PM on Feb. 19, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • i have also heard that if you add lots of salt to the water or vinegar to the water it will help. I find what works best is to salt the water while they cook and then after they are done cooking, drain off the hot water and run them under very cold water for a while, then put them in the fridge. after they are nice and cold the shells should peel right off.

    Answer by nudge08 at 10:59 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • run it under cool water then crack it and peel

    Answer by jodi205 at 12:56 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • I've heard that if it doesn't peel easily, or peels part of the white away with the shell, that it's not a fresh egg.

    Answer by anestheticsex at 1:12 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • The harder they are to peel the fresher they are. Over time the membrane breaks down. An old trick we used to do at my restaurant was to crack them a bit and let them soak in cold water for a bit.

    Answer by mamakirs at 1:14 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • too true!!! Use older eggs, bring to a boil and then cover and and low for 10 minutes. cool in cold running water and peel while still warm

    Answer by chefjen at 3:14 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • I discovered when I was younger that you had to break the membrane underneath the shell and peel that off with the outer shell. If you try to peel off only the shell, it does not come off as easily and it can start breaking off more egg white attached to the shell

    Answer by CassCass at 3:51 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • what jodi said.

    Answer by pagirl71 at 4:12 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • Use older eggs. After cooking and cooling, crack it all over, then rub it between your hands to further crumble the shell. Then pull off a bit of shell and try to catch the membrane. The well-crumbled shell will come off as you pull off the membrane.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:51 PM on Feb. 19, 2009

  • start with cold water--add egg--boil with a little salt in the water--bring to a boil--put on the lid turn off the heat--leave it on the stove--wait 15 minutes---the egg will be done---drain off the hot water--add cold to the pan--put on the lid--shake hard enough to crack the shells but easy enough not to beat the pird brains out of em--then they should peel beautifully---good luck--

    Answer by emme1964 at 12:29 AM on Feb. 20, 2009