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    Not that I've tried it, but why wouldn't duct tape work? I can see it in my imagination.

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    What I do is when they are hot bouncy then off the counter all around. . Let cool and then peel.

    I have seen ads for egg peelers, have not tried one.

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    Cook's Illustrated Test Kitchen did some research on this, and their method has worked gloriously for me every time.

    Older eggs do work best, but this method works quite well with fresher eggs too.

    First, steam the eggs instead of boiling. This has multiple benefits. The temp won't drop as much when you put the eggs in, the eggs won't knock around in the water and crack.
    Get the water boiling in a pot with a steamer basket of some sort, then add the eggs and cover. Cook for 10 -12 minutes depending on how hard you want the yolks. I like 10 min for a fully cooked but still slightly soft gooey yolk.

    Immediately transfer the eggs to an ice water bath and let them soak for 5-10 min.

    You can pick your cracking peeling method, but one trick is to use a plastic tupperware with lid for the ice bath, then empty all but a 1/2 inch of the water, put the lid on, and shake up and down vigorously about 10 times. The eggs will flop around and crack all over and the shells should slide off easy.

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    Not too hard hard boiled eggs are perfect for an egg salad sandwich my bride makes for us now and then. As for time it depends on elevation and egg shell thickness. We prefer white thinner shelled eggs.

    She goes the whole way chopping up sweet pickles, micing that with a good mustard. We preprep eggs five minutes in the freezer which increases temperature difference between shell, egg skin and egg. Peels fly off.

    Now prep eggs by chopping up whole eggs from down to pieces, then adding mayo to the bread instead of making some soft goo of egg. A bit of salt and pepper to finish.

    Now she adds fresh red or green leaf lettuce and just enough tomato to give one the taste. Not toasted pretty fresh whole wheat bread from La Brea bakery rebaked in the oven for 11 minutes to harden the crust then personally sliced right out of the oven just for the occasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerful Charlie View Post
    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.
    Or cold water--doesn't have to be ice water, also boil the eggs for awhile. I put them on the stove burner in cold water, turn on the stove, take them off 25-30 minutes later, dump the hot water, run cold water into the pot, and keep them there until they're cooled down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jab View Post
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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.
    Or cold water--doesn't have to be ice water, also boil the eggs for awhile. I put them on the stove burner in cold water, turn on the stove, take them off 25-30 minutes later, dump the hot water, run cold water into the pot, and keep them there until they're cooled down.
    So, the Cook's Illustrated tests I referred to compared your method of starting them in cold water vs putting them into already boiling water or hot steam. They note that for year, you method was the common advice. However, their trials showed that the cold water method lead to many more eggs sticking to the shells. They explain that the membrane is what sticks to the white, and it this happens because the low heat causing the two to seal together, but directly into high heat causes the egg white to shrink away from the shell before it has a chance to bond with the membrane.

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    What works for me is the 12 minute method. Cold water then works great, but you have to change it when the water gets warm. An occasional sticker is not worth the extra bother.

    Nice, firm bright, yellow yokes not overcooked. Yummerz.

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    The blow method makes the chore fun.


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