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May 27, 2020 - 9:11:16 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16619 posts since 6/5/2008

I have been led through several rituals for hard boiling hen fruit. Cackle-berries. Eggs.
Here's what I did and what I do now:

a) Old times: cold eggs in a pot, cover with water, heat on high. Boil 15 minutes and chill in cold water.
Usually, 1 in 6 cracked and leaked. Most were hard to peel without egg stuck to the shells.

b) New times: cold eggs in cold water, started on medium heat. When they get up to a boil, turn up the heat for 10(?) minutes. Chill in a couple of changes of cold water. Peel OK and no cracking.

I was reading tricks in the egg salad thread for the eggs so making a single list of these things to try.
1. How do you cook the eggs?
2. How do you prepare the eggs for peeling?
3. What difference does the age of the eggs make?

May 27, 2020 - 9:57:16 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2940 posts since 5/15/2011

aka bum nuts.

May 27, 2020 - 10:33:33 PM

chuckv97

Canada

50164 posts since 10/5/2013

I thought eggs were harder to peel if they were fresh. I boil mine 8 minutes, dunk’em in cold water, then in the fridge. When I go to peel one later I run it under hot water,,I think it expands the shell a bit making peeling easier (in most cases).

May 28, 2020 - 3:15:48 AM
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OM45GE

USA

97736 posts since 11/7/2007

Martha Stuart does the new Times version but let’s them sit for 12 minutes.

I just start mine in cold water and boil for 10 minutes followed by a plunge into cold water.

As a related side note, did you know you can tell if an egg is uncooked or cooked by spinning it on a flat surface, stopping it and then letting go? If it’s uncooked it will start spinning again.

May 28, 2020 - 3:41:51 AM

1617 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

I thought eggs were harder to peel if they were fresh. I boil mine 8 minutes, dunk’em in cold water, then in the fridge. When I go to peel one later I run it under hot water,,I think it expands the shell a bit making peeling easier (in most cases).


I find that Chuck, we get three eggs a day from our little flock so they are usually very fresh when we cook them.  I tend to find that a lot of the white from the outer part of the egg comes away when you peel a super fresh egg because it doesn't firm up as much as the rest of the egg.

May 28, 2020 - 4:13:29 AM
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rinemb

USA

12322 posts since 5/24/2005

I have gone to (with satisfaction) the method of using eggs that you purchased at least a couple of weeks earlier, lower your rested on counter eggs into boiling water for 10-12 min for hard boiled. Then if needed use Sherry's method of putting the boiled eggs into chilled water for a few minutes, before peeling. Brad

May 28, 2020 - 4:45:33 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24478 posts since 8/3/2003

I put eggs in cold water, put the pot on the stove and let the water come to a boil, turn it down to low, cover the pot and let it slow boil (simmer) for 15 minutes. Then I drain the pot and put cold water on the eggs a couple of times until I can pick them out of the pot and put them on a kitchen towel to dry.

When I'm read to crack and peel, I crack the egg all around and put it in water for a few minutes. Usually that makes them easy to peel and the shell will come off in 2 or 3 pieces. Occasionally, I'll get an egg that's stubborn and hard to peel no matter what I try.

Age of the eggs doesn't seem to make much difference in peelability (is that a word?.... it is now).

May 28, 2020 - 6:25:46 AM
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rinemb

USA

12322 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by rinemb

I have gone to (with satisfaction) the method of using eggs that you purchased at least a couple of weeks earlier, lower your rested on counter eggs into boiling water for 10-12 min for hard boiled. Then if needed use Sherry's method of putting the boiled eggs into chilled water for a few minutes, before peeling. Brad


Oops, forgot to mention to crack em up a bit before putting eggs into the cold water.  Brad

May 28, 2020 - 6:46:03 AM

Owen

Canada

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1) Take eggs from fridge and put into pot.    Run tap water into pot... enough to more-or-less cover the eggs... put lid on pot... put pot on stove ... turn burner on/near "high".... once boiling turn down to "simmer+" ... find something else to do for 10-20 minutes.  [Hopefully I, or my wife, has paid close enough attention so as to prevent a big boil-over.]

2) Run a bit of cold water over them... solely to make handling them tolerable.  Individually drop them on the counter several times, to crack all areas of the shell.

3) I've not noticed a diff, but then again I've never tried to.

Let's not over-think this.

May 28, 2020 - 7:26:21 AM
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rinemb

USA

12322 posts since 5/24/2005

And, if you can't tolerate the heat of boiling water...

Try the Egguins!


 

May 28, 2020 - 7:29:30 AM
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rinemb

USA

12322 posts since 5/24/2005

Or, boil them outside the shell....

 

May 28, 2020 - 7:30:11 AM
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rinemb

USA

12322 posts since 5/24/2005

Sorry, Owen. Brad

May 28, 2020 - 7:33:39 AM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1904 posts since 6/19/2014

Boil the hen first

May 28, 2020 - 9:00:04 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13907 posts since 9/27/2007

Suuuuuuuuuuurveyyyyyyy Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaysssssssss!

They're your own damn eggs. You can boil them any way you want to! smiley

May 28, 2020 - 9:44:26 AM

357 posts since 10/9/2017

Cold eggs, cover with 1 inch of water, bring to a rapid boil, cover, remove from heat, let stand for 12 minutes. Let soak in cold water (I let the tap run at the lowest possible level to promote heat exchange) for 15 minutes then peel. Perfect yolks every time with no greenish ring. I don’t know if this is a solution to the peeling issue, but I find it usually works fine for me.

May 28, 2020 - 10:10:35 AM

60 posts since 6/23/2015

The perfect hard boiled egg cooker. Made by Cuisinart. You can cook one egg or up to eight or ten at a time. Depending on the number of eggs you want cook, you measure out the right amount of water in the little measuring cup that comes with the cooker, I use distilled water-no mineral deposits. Then you pierce a tiny hole in the large end of the egg with the piercing spike on the measuring cup. Put the eggs in the cooker, turn it on and in twelve or fifteen minutes the cooker gives you a buzz to let you know the eggs are done. I put the eggs in ice water for a short time. That's it! No muss no fuss. This cooker doesn't boil the eggs it steams em. Bump the egg a couple times on a hard surface and it almost peels it self.

May 28, 2020 - 11:33:52 AM

2713 posts since 4/29/2012

Some of these start "take your eggs out of the fridge". What were they doing in the fridge in the first place ? Of course this is more contentious than questions of whether we should wear masks or not, or whether we should use skin or mylar heads. So I expect some push back on this one.

May 28, 2020 - 12:02:31 PM

DRH

USA

482 posts since 5/29/2018

Somebody gave Jennie one of those Instant Pot thingies. I haven't tried it for making pot (no recipe book), but it works for just about everything else.

It has a rack that holds five eggs. Put an inch of water in the bottom. The egg tray holds them above the water so they get steamed under pressure. Set the timer for four minutes and make sure the pressure weight is down. Hit start and wait for the beep.

No broken eggs, no uneven cooking. The eggs peel easily. Best of all is not worrying about burnt eggs when you boil the water out on the stove.

May 28, 2020 - 12:04:56 PM

DRH

USA

482 posts since 5/29/2018

quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

Some of these start "take your eggs out of the fridge". What were they doing in the fridge in the first place ?


They belong in the fridge along with the beer;)

May 28, 2020 - 12:10:09 PM
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Just posting to try to get the Hard Boiled Eggs thread up to eight pages.

This crowd really "cracks" me up.

May 28, 2020 - 12:13:38 PM
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RonR

USA

1645 posts since 11/29/2012

I dont really get into the mechanics of boiling an egg. As long as the end result is deviled eggs with paprika sprinkled on top.

May 28, 2020 - 12:19:20 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by DRH
quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

Some of these start "take your eggs out of the fridge". What were they doing in the fridge in the first place ?


They belong in the fridge along with the beer;)


https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-26086,00.html

And I'm British. So the beer doesn't live in the fridge either.

Edited by - AndrewD on 05/28/2020 12:19:56

May 28, 2020 - 12:32:58 PM
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DRH

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482 posts since 5/29/2018

quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD
quote:
Originally posted by DRH
quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

Some of these start "take your eggs out of the fridge". What were they doing in the fridge in the first place ?


They belong in the fridge along with the beer;)


https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-26086,00.html

And I'm British. So the beer doesn't live in the fridge either.


Yeah, I knew that.  Couldn't help it.

Just curious: Have you ever been to a ZED ZED Top concert?

May 28, 2020 - 12:33:23 PM
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Owen

Canada

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quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

Some of these start "take your eggs out of the fridge". What were they doing in the fridge ......

Your comment prompted both my wife and I to conduct a thorough search of our kitchen/pantry.  The only place we found eggs was in the fridge.    I was one who started his post with "take eggs from fridge."  Sounds logical enough to me.   ...but as I've posted many times, I favour the KISS approach.  devil

Edited by - Owen on 05/28/2020 12:35:32

May 28, 2020 - 1:16:59 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by DRH
quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD
quote:
Originally posted by DRH
quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

Some of these start "take your eggs out of the fridge". What were they doing in the fridge in the first place ?


They belong in the fridge along with the beer;)


https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-26086,00.html

And I'm British. So the beer doesn't live in the fridge either.


Yeah, I knew that.  Couldn't help it.

Just curious: Have you ever been to a ZED ZED Top concert?


No. Not a Jay-Zed concert either.

May 28, 2020 - 6:29:56 PM

262 posts since 4/11/2019

Can't sleep.

Wondering how Earl boiled his eggs.

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