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Old 06-21-2011, 04:52 AM
 
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My new diet calls for more eggs, however i'm having trouble cooking/shelling a hard boiled egg
Put eggs in saucepan and boil for 3-4 minutes, then run them under cold water for a few minutes to make shelling them easier however when i try to peel the shell the white part of the egg is stuck to the shell and by the time i've got the shell off the egg is a mess of bits and pieces
Is it the eggs i buy from the supermarket? is it my cooking technique?
Never though boiling an egg would be an issue..
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:49 AM
 
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3-4 minutes? no, no, no.

I usually let them cook for over 10 minutes then forget about them til the water boils off and catches the stove on fire.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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Then spin it to make sure it is hard boiled. Only hard boiled eggs will spin.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:56 AM
 
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3-4 minutes? no, no, no.

I usually let them cook for over 10 minutes then forget about them til the water boils off and catches the stove on fire.
Kind of what my hubby does. ^^

Seriously, he lets them boil on high for several minutes, then lets them simmer for quite a while longer. After what seems like a pretty long time he rinses them under the cold water. He says this works real well. If you don't cook long enough you won't be able to peel them.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:59 AM
 
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My new diet calls for more eggs, however i'm having trouble cooking/shelling a hard boiled egg
Put eggs in saucepan and boil for 3-4 minutes, then run them under cold water for a few minutes to make shelling them easier however when i try to peel the shell the white part of the egg is stuck to the shell and by the time i've got the shell off the egg is a mess of bits and pieces
Is it the eggs i buy from the supermarket? is it my cooking technique?
Never though boiling an egg would be an issue..

When they are boiling add salt to the water..that helps them peel easier..Eggs spin with the heavy top on bottom..when they are done..
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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I put the eggs in a saucepan of water from the tap, place everything on the stove and bring to a boil, then let it cook for about 7 minutes over medium to medium-high heat, kill the heat, discard the water and let the eggs cool in air or in cold water (if you like softer yolks). I usually salt the water, but not always. I think the trick is to crack the eggshell all the way around the "waist" circumference, then make sure you get under the membrane that separates the white from the shell with the first pick.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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We do our hard-boiled eggs one of two ways. My way is to put them in the electric kettle, turn it on, and when the kettle shuts off (it boils for one minute before shutoff) I set the timer for 15 minutes. Then I cool them, peel & eat.

My husband puts the eggs in a saucepan of cold water, brings to a boil and lets boil for 5 minutes, set for 5 minutes off the heat, and then cools them for us to peel & eat.

Both ways work equally well. We don't salt the water.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:42 AM
 
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I put the eggs in water with salt - I was always told the salt will restrict the egg whites from sneaking out of potential cracks/pinholes in the shell. Then I bring the water to a boil, immediately remove the pot from the heat, cover tightly, and let sit for 10 minutes or longer. Then, when rinsing the eggs in cold water, I shake the pot so that the eggshells crack. The cold water gets in under the shells and makes them easier to peel. And I NEVER start a peel from the middle, only the end (either one works, but I do the little one first).

Older eggs will have a problem with shell removal, it also has a lot to do with what the chicken ate as to how thick or thin your shells are. Since I've been raising my own chickens, they get oystershells mixed in to their feed once a week - it makes the shells thicker and easier to remove. You can't control that with store-bought eggs, of course. The fresher the egg, the easier the peel, though.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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My new diet calls for more eggs, however i'm having trouble cooking/shelling a hard boiled egg
Put eggs in saucepan and boil for 3-4 minutes, then run them under cold water for a few minutes to make shelling them easier however when i try to peel the shell the white part of the egg is stuck to the shell and by the time i've got the shell off the egg is a mess of bits and pieces
Is it the eggs i buy from the supermarket? is it my cooking technique?
Never though boiling an egg would be an issue..
wow, here is how we do them and it seems to always work: bring to a boil, let sit for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat and still let sit for about 10 minutes in the water, you can let them sit as long as you want actually. What you are doing is more what we used to call 3 minute, soft boiled eggs, totally different.'

Nita
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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Thanks..
I'll try boiling them longer and shelling from the top as i usually start in the middle..
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