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    Mar 28, 2005

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    Ya right !!! That worked about as well as trying to herd cats.

    Another way to peel eggs to put a small hole in one end of the hard boiled egg. Cup the egg in one hand and then blow into the hole, the shell should come right off. Only use this method for eggs you are going to eat yourself.

    In my research for how to peel a hard boiled egg I keep finding the same reference to peeling them soon after cooking.
    My problem is that I like to take two eggs to work every day for a quick snack. This means I have to boil them on Sunday but not peel them till later, sometimes up to a week. At this time I sometimes get lucky and sometimes not. So I still need to find out why some eggs peel good and sometimes not.

    Thanks to you it really solved and helped immensely ! :)

    If you add about a tablespoon of baking soda to the water while is it still cold, it raises the pH level, helping the shells come off. You still need to soak them in cold water after boiling.
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    Although I have never tested this idea, I have heard it before and it is consistent with the explanation for why older eggs peel easier due to a change in alkalinity.

    Dave

    Tracey, I always add a bit of salt to the water and it makes the shell come off easily. It you don't, the shells will be more likely to stick to the egg white and damage the look of the egg when you peel the shell.

    Is there anything such as salt or vingar that you can add to the water during boiling so that the shell will peel smoothly?

    an easy way to remove the shell from hard boiled eggs: after the eggs have cooled in cold water / gently tap eggs on counter to crack the shell then run a tea spoon (front side facing egg) between cracked shell and egg / the shell will come off easily

    I heard that if you cover hardboiled eggs with ice cubes for 10 minutes or so they are easier to peel. I did it a couple of times now and it seems to help the peeling process and doesn't destroy the egg white as you try to peel. Do the ice cubes harm the eggs?

    (probably not - Dave)

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