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Old 02-02-2008, 08:12 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I used eggs fresh from our chickens and yes they are a little harder to shell. I found that putting a lot of salt ( I can't tell you why this works but it does) in with the eggs while boiling and then rinse the cooked eggs in ice water (ice cubes in the cold water), let the eggs sit in the very cold water for a couple of minutes...works best for me. I read somewhere looooong ago to do it this way. For really fresh eggs this works best for me!
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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I find that if I don't completely cool the eggs in cold water, I have trouble peeling it.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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It used to drive my crazy when the shell stuck to the egg and I wouldn't even deal with it. I would just throw the egg away.

But since I discovered the "Salt in the Cooking Water" trick I have been a happy egg boiler.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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The way they peel has nothing to do with the way you cook them. It's the age of the eggs or the diet of the chickens, so it's pretty much a crapshoot.
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I do agree somewhat but our eggs were fresh from the chicken in our back yard and how I cooked them seemed to help me a lot!! As far as what they ate--they ate well and good but if I didn't cook them a particular way there was no way they would peel. But as you said age does make a difference too.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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After my eggs are slightly cooled, I crack them slightly all the way around the middle.
Then while lukewarm water is running I peel them under the running water. Seems to really help with those tough shells.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I set a burner for just above medium heat, not quite med. high and let the pot of water start to boil before I put the eggs in. Just when the water starts bubbling, I lower the eggs in with a spoon or spatchula, and set a timer for 15 minutes.

If you find them a little under cooked, just turn off the heat at 15 minutes and let them sit in the water on the burner, the water is hot enough while it cools to keep them cooking inside and you can leave them there as long as you want while getting ready for work in the morning or whatever else.
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