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June 17, 2011 12:53 PM
I love HB eggs, but until the last year or so we hardly made them because they were such a pain to peel. My husband learned about putting baking soda in the water when boiling the eggs and WOW! they cook great and are super easy to peel. Now its easy for me to have nice HB eggs for a grab and go breakfast or to add to salads, etc. Enjoy!!


Things You'll Need
Eggs
Saucepan with lid
Water
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon baking soda

Instructions
1 - Place the desired number of eggs in an empty pot. Make sure you use a shallow pot so that water will completely cover the eggs.

2 - Pour cold water into the pot. Cover the eggs completely with at least 1 inch of water.

3 - Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda to the water. The salt helps the proteins in the eggs coagulate, which means they become firm and are more likely to seal if they crack in the pan. The addition of baking soda aids in removing the shells from the eggs when they finish boiling.

4 - Place a lid over the pot. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.

5 - Turn the heat off once the water boils. Keep the pot on the warm stove top with the lid. Leave the eggs in the hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not time the eggs until the water starts boiling.

6 - Remove the pan from the stove top. Run cold water over the eggs to stop them from cooking. Allow the eggs to cool completely before you begin peeling the shells.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5874002_boil-eggs-baking-soda.html
June 17, 2011 12:55 PM
Oh, man. I hope this works. I hate to try to peel eggs. grumble
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June 17, 2011 1:00 PM
Thank you for posting!
June 17, 2011 1:01 PM
good to know! try to have two of them every day
  2799215
June 17, 2011 1:01 PM
i will have to give that a try...thanks :D
  4240442
June 17, 2011 1:02 PM
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June 17, 2011 1:02 PM
Also...the fresher the eggs the harder they are to peel. Not saying to eat off eggs mind but week old eggs are better than day old for peeling
June 17, 2011 1:02 PM
bump - finally!
June 17, 2011 1:04 PM
That is a great tip. My son like to have devilled eggs when I have a backyard bbq, but I dont make them anymore because of how hard it is to peel the eggs. I will try this for sure.
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June 17, 2011 1:08 PM
I always just run cold water over my boiled eggs and they peel easy everytime.

I have also heard you can pour a little vinegar in or a tablespoon of baking soda.

Never tried the vinegar or baking soda because cold water always worked.
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June 17, 2011 1:08 PM
Good tips.

I skip the salt and baking soda. Just put the eggs in a cold water bath after they're cooked and peel them underwater. Works like a charm.
  4853758
June 17, 2011 1:10 PM
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June 17, 2011 1:13 PM
i love hard boiled eggs but i dont find a problem peeling them, i bang them on the bottom where the air pocket is and it peels easy but nxt time im at work in the cafe ill put some in and try because sometimes i am peeling 10 at a time, thanx bigsmile
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June 17, 2011 1:15 PM
Thanks for the tip. I saw a video of this on YouTube - the guy didn't even peel the egg. He tapped each end of the egg on the counter and removed a small piece. He then blew the egg right out of the shell!

I'm gonna have to try this (he used 1 teaspoon of baking soda - no salt) - I'm sure the measurements are different for more or less water though.
June 17, 2011 1:18 PM
Mine always peel easy. I cook mine on high but not highest and once done I cool the pot with cold tap water and let them sit for a short period. I also let the water level drop half way while cooking cuz I fill the pot with eggs (7) so there is little room left at the top and the water will boil over.
January 21, 2014 3:29 PM
Also, older eggs are easier to peel....buy them a week or so in advance of boiling. Fresh eggs are the worst..... My Great Aunt gave me that tip and it really really works!!!
January 21, 2014 3:49 PM
QUOTE:

I always just run cold water over my boiled eggs and they peel easy everytime.

I have also heard you can pour a little vinegar in or a tablespoon of baking soda.

Never tried the vinegar or baking soda because cold water always worked.


I do the cold water thing too and when I drain it off to peel them I usually put the lid on the pot and shake it this cracks the shells and they come right off - I learned this years ago when I worked in a restaraunt
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January 21, 2014 3:52 PM
You can also easily peel eggs with a teaspoon. Hold the "eating" side facing the egg and gently move the spoon under the shell.
January 21, 2014 4:14 PM
Some really good tips here, never tried the backing soda but I'm going to. It does seem like the fresher the egg the harder it is to peel, and the cold water helps a lot.
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January 21, 2014 5:32 PM
Cool tip.
I always remove the boiling eggs and put them quickly in Ice cold water which seems to makes peeling a breeze. Also found brown eggs harder to peel than white.
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January 21, 2014 5:34 PM
Thanks for the tip! Will try this tomorrow.
January 21, 2014 5:35 PM
QUOTE:

I always just run cold water over my boiled eggs and they peel easy everytime.



this. i've never had an issue peeling eggs. the shell usually comes off in 2 or maybe 3 at most pieces when you use cold water
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January 21, 2014 7:24 PM
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Oh, man. I hope this works. I hate to try to peel eggs. grumble


Same here, all throughout my career as a cook, I had other folks peel those things.

they're horrid, so I'm going to try this. :)
February 23, 2014 6:44 PM
Awesome I am so trying this. I love my hardboiled egg whites for snacks/breakfast but peeling them has proven to be a pain.
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July 29, 2014 2:54 PM
Trying this right now! I sure hope it works!
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