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Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby WileECoyote » 17 May 2012, 09:47

Anyone know why egg shells stick to boiled eggs; and more to the point is there a knack of boiling them somehow to minimise this risk? This seems to be more of a problem with my free range eggs than previously bought supermarket eggs. It takes ages to peel off every bit of shell when it sticks and wastes a lot of egg too.
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby Gilly C » 17 May 2012, 09:56

they need to be at least 4-5 days old a week is better before they will peel easier !
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby Henwife » 17 May 2012, 10:08

With very fresh eggs you need to cool quickly - I put the emptied saucepan under running cold water - break up the shell (roll them around on a hard surface) and peel immediately. You still get the odd one that won't peel, but on the whole, it works.
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby crazypianolady » 17 May 2012, 10:54

One of the differences between fresh eggs, and supermarket eggs! I usually eat the eggs in order of laying, but try to plan ahead for hard boiled and leave some for a few days. :)
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby WileECoyote » 17 May 2012, 12:02

Thanks for the replies. :) I'll keep some on one side for hard boiling.

Another question: Is it best to keep eggs in the fridge or not?
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby crazypianolady » 17 May 2012, 14:16

Eggs for hatching, not. Eggs for eating - it doesn't really matter! I keep my eggs in a kitchen cupbaord that's against an outside wall - it stays quite cool in there all year round. Home-grown eggs will be eaten a long time before they could start going off. :)
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby Gilly C » 17 May 2012, 15:08

when I was at catering college we were told they deteriorate as much in 5days in a fridge as 1 day at room temperature, I keep mine in the fridge ! never swap from 1 place to the other too has to be one or the other unless of course they have to be at room temp for certain recipes
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby podstable » 08 Jun 2012, 11:46

Peeling fresh hard boiled--try this --roll at blunt end to crack it on hard surface so you can get into the air sac and then you can peel off the membrane attatched to shell .Ros
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby subruss » 08 Jun 2012, 15:21

you should not really keep eggs in the fridge, in a cool place yes but not a fridge. The reason is that as you proberbly know eggs have a porous shell which in the confines of a fridge will absorb the smells and flavours of the food stored in there with it, example- cheeses, ect this will degrade the quality and flavour of the eggs much quicker than if stored out of the fridge.
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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby Martinhj » 03 Jan 2013, 09:35

Its all down to the amount of CO2 (and hence acidity) in the white which leeches out over time apparently. Google it - theres plenty of explanations out there.

I always cool mine quickly and thoroughly when removing from the heat. I do find that peeling them under running water helps them peel.
You can also add a little sodium bicarb to the water you boil them in. I tried this for the first time yesterday and it definitely works. I guess it must change the taste slightly but cant say i noticed but then I was making egg mayo

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Re: Problem: Egg shells sticking to boiled eggs.

Postby MamaOwl » 28 Mar 2014, 14:37

I'm having to get used to boiling fresh eggs again.. left them in far too long this morning (as I would for shop bought) and ended up with two rubber balls after!! Couldn't eat it so gave them to the dog lol

When I boil eggs I removed from heat and quickly drain all water away... shake the pan around to crack the shells and then run cold water into the pan, drain and repeat with cold water and then peal under the water and try to grab the membrane.

Easier said than done with fresh eggs though and as was said above I use at least a week old eggs for 'pretty' boiled eggs.
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