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    Hard Boiled Eggs

    I made potato salad this morning. I boiled a bunch of eggs and half of the egg peeled off with the shell. I just can't seem to get eggs right consistently.

    Tips for making peelable hard boiled eggs wanted here.
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    This has worked for us in the past. Alternatively you could poach instead of boil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiprHead View Post
    I made potato salad this morning. I boiled a bunch of eggs and half of the egg peeled off with the shell. I just can't seem to get eggs right consistently.

    Tips for making peelable hard boiled eggs wanted here.

    Dump your hot eggs into a bowl or pan of ice water and let cool down. Works for me.
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    Buy your eggs at least two weeks ahead of time. The day before you make your potato salad, take them out of the fridge and let them sit overnight at room temperature. Boil them like you usually do, 10 to 12 minutes. A slightly runny yolk is not a problem for potato salad.

    The extra aging will let the membrane separate from the shell and the eggs will peel cleanly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronzeage View Post
    Buy your eggs at least two weeks ahead of time. The day before you make your potato salad, take them out of the fridge and let them sit overnight at room temperature. Boil them like you usually do, 10 to 12 minutes. A slightly runny yolk is not a problem for potato salad.

    The extra aging will let the membrane separate from the shell and the eggs will peel cleanly.
    I read somewhere that the fresher the egg, the harder it is to peel cleanly after cooking, which is not usually a problem where I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronzeage View Post
    Buy your eggs at least two weeks ahead of time. The day before you make your potato salad, take them out of the fridge and let them sit overnight at room temperature. Boil them like you usually do, 10 to 12 minutes. A slightly runny yolk is not a problem for potato salad.

    The extra aging will let the membrane separate from the shell and the eggs will peel cleanly.
    Yeah, I had heard that before. I just bought the eggs the day before and suspected that was a big reason I had so much difficulty this time.
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    There are 43 methods for making boiled eggs easier to peel.

    None of them work.

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    I tend to agree. I've tried many of them, including adding vinegar to the water as some had suggested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arctish View Post
    I read somewhere that the fresher the egg, the harder it is to peel cleanly after cooking, which is not usually a problem where I live.
    Quote Originally Posted by ZiprHead View Post
    Yeah, I had heard that before. I just bought the eggs the day before and suspected that was a big reason I had so much difficulty this time.
    Quote Originally Posted by James Brown View Post
    There are 43 methods for making boiled eggs easier to peel.

    None of them work.
    My goto side dish for family gatherings is Deviled Eggs. You have to have clean egg halves, or there's no point. After 40 years of boiling and peeling eggs, I have found, older eggs peel clean. Let the eggs cool and then crack the big end and hold it under a running faucet. The shell will come off in large pieces.

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    44 methods.

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