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The perfect boiled egg

Rumor has it that our pasture-raised eggs are hard to peel. I would most definitely agree with that statement. My girls love to eat and snack on boiled eggs and I'm delighted to feed them to them. However, I use to secretly dread making them because I never knew if they were going to "turn out" or not. Through trial and error I believe I have found a way to boil and peel our eggs perfectly- as opposed to looking like you got the shell off with a hammer and a chisel. Step 1: Place your eggs in a saucepan and cover with water about an inch about the eggs on HIGH heat. **IMPORTANT: SPRINKLE SEA SALT IN THE WATER.** Step 2: Once your eggs begin to boil, reduce heat to medium (so that they won't crack) and set a timer for 9 minutes. Continue to let eggs boil on medium heat. Step 3: Once timer goes off. Remove eggs from heat. Step 4: Immediately place eggs into cool water and let water run over them. Step 5: Lightly tap egg on the counter top to loosen the shell up. Step 6: THIS IS THE TRICK: There is a layer of skin between the shell and the egg white called the "inner membrane". This tends to be a little thicker on pasture-raised eggs. But THIS is the trick. You have to find that skin and get under it and peel that off along with the egg shell. It should come off relatively easy once you find it and should pull the shell off at the same time. Step 7: Find a sweet little helper. This really is a great way to get kids to help you in the kitchen. Once they get the hang of peeling eggs, its a piece of cake for them. My girls LOVE to peel eggs. Step 8: The final product is shear beauty. And tastes mighty delicious too! AND you can also save the egg shells and use them as a natural plant fertilizer and sprinkle them in your garden.

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Yum. We love boiled eggs. I used to always worry about the best way to boil them too. I've found the perfect way for us, tough. Cover the bottom of the pan with your eggs, then fill with water to cover eggs. Bring them to a boil, then immediately turn the burner off and cover. Wait 15 minutes, and then they'll be done. Perfect boiled eggs every time!

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

thanks so much for posting this!! in past experience fresh pastured eggs can be hard to peel but who wants to buy store bought eggs just for hard boiled eggs?

we have 60 rhode island reds (www.thebarryfarm.wordpress.com) who are near laying and i have been wanting to make hard boiled eggs but not looking forward to trial and error in getting the peeling process down! you are a lifesaver and we'll be trying as soon as we get our hands on extra eggs. (the 4 laying in our backyard aren't enough for making hard boiled eggs!)

thanks again!

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrenee

Thanks for the comments!

Laura, I will have to try that way as well. I've tried a similar technique, but I don't think I waited long enough. I peeled a raw egg basically- if that's even possible. ha!

Renee, your blog is great! Thanks for sharing. There was definitely some trial and error and shear dread when my girls asked for boiled eggs. I never knew how they were going to turn out. Now I pretty much have it down and have them on hand at all times.

March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynsey

Everyone knows that the fresher the egg the harder it is to peel! I'll take freshness over old every day!



Thank you for providing us with the best food possible and helping us rediscover what REAL food is really like. :)

March 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouis

I recently read of another great trick that makes the peels slip right off. After cooking, while still in the pan, tap each egg with a spoon or the side of a butter knife, just enough to make little cracks in the egg. Then when you let them sit in cold water, the cold water seeps in under the shell, and helps to separate the egg from the membrane. Was thrilled when I tried this the first time, works perfectly!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I put vinegar in the water along with the salt and it helps break down the shell and makes it easier to peel. I have also heard of using baking soda in the water to do the same thing.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Ward

O wow! My sister and I were just talking about how store bought eggs were easier to peel. I had no idea why, though. I also put vinegar in my water when I boil eggs. But it's to keep the whites from running into the water if they happen to crack.
If you would like a neat science project to do with your children showing them what soda does to tooth enamel, here's one:
Boil two eggs as you normally would. Put one in a jar of water and one in a jar of vinegar. Explain the vinegar is like the acid in soda. If you don't brush well or at least rinse out your mouth after drinking soda, it can erode the enamel from your teeth, since eggshells and teeth are both calcium rich. In a couple of days, the shell of the vinegar egg will have thin spots. The longer it sits, the grosser it looks. We used this in a jr high church class using the vinegar (what Jesus was given on the cross) as a metaphor for unkind words to others. When we came back on Wednesday, the kids were amazed at how the shell had almost disintegrated! Living water (jesus' kindness) was much better than the unkind vinegar (unkindnesses and sin).
You can also put a boiled egg in water. Let the kids take turns adding salt to the water. As the water becomes dense with salt, the egg will start to float! I've actually used this in Sunday school classes having the children say kind things to the egg as they add the salt to see how long it takes to lift the sad egg's spirits lol.

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelli


December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeenan

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December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHome Security Houston

If you crack the egg all over after boiling and then roll between your two hands the shell will come off in big pieces.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

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