Monday, July 19, 2010
Peeling Farm Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs
What I wasn't aware of was that it is nearly impossible to peel a very fresh hard boiled egg. I mean it shreds the white off and leaves you with a mess. I boiled a dozen of them last week and thought I would lose my mind trying to get them peeled. I was attempting to make deviled eggs and they were ugly. Luckily it was only us eating them.
So I asked around, and everyone has their pet tricks of the trade. I asked the farmer who I bought the eggs from and she said you need to let them sit in the fridge at least a week or more so they aren't quite so fresh. I'm not so sure I like that idea. Because then, why don't I just buy store organic eggs?
I don't boil eggs often, but usually, I put them in a pot, fill the pot with water, put it on high and then boil for about 10 minutes. I don't like overcooked eggs...when the yolk turns grayish green and bounces. Yuck. Then in more recent years, it worked well to place the eggs in a pot, fill pot to just above the eggs with cold water, place on stove on high, and as soon as it begins a hard boil, shut off the burner and let them sit there for a half hour or so. Then it always seems to work best to run cold water in the pot of eggs, and attempt to peel them under water. That is until I encountered farm fresh eggs.
Among the tips for peeling, I found that the cold water bath and peeling under water AND often cracking the egg and rolling it around to crush the shell well, is a constant suggestion. But other suggestions included adding salt to the water, adding vinegar to the water and adding baking soda to the water. So today, I conducted a Mr. Wizard experiment to see if any of these methods are helpful.
For some reason, very fresh eggs (and these came out of the chicken 5 days ago), have a very tough membrane that adheres to the white like grim death.
In conclusion: Nothing really helps besides letting the eggs be in the fridge until they are not so fresh. Also it does seem to help to have a VERY cold plunge when the cooking is complete and to attempt to peel them under the water (which almost froze my fingers off). And I might try using the soda trick next time as it may have helped SLIGHTLY, and I'll take any help I can get.