always thought hard-boiled eggs were easy to shell because I was raised
on storebought. These eggs have been sitting around for up to a
month, so the air pocket inside the egg has enlarged, helping the shell
slide off. In stark contrast, your farm-fresh eggs have next to
no air pocket, and peeling them is a recipe for frustration!
I've tried all of the
tricks, and finally found one that works. First, the one that
didn't work --- boil your eggs, pour off the hot water, refill the pot
with cold water, knock the eggs against the side of the pot until
they're full of tiny cracks, and then put them in the fridge for a
couple of hours. I tried this a few times and still lost masses
of white that stayed attached to the shell.
What does work?
Hard-boil your eggs, then cool them without any fancy cracking.
Whack the eggs against the rim of the bowl and break them in half, then
scoop out the insides as if you were pulling out the meat of a
soft-boiled egg. (Shown above.) This clearly won't give you
beautiful deviled eggs, but will expedite your egg salad operation and
cut down on swearing considerably. Check out my favorite egg salad recipe and put your newfound skills
(Thanks to my mom for
acting as a hand model for this photo! I rewarded her with a mass
of egg salad.)
Looking for other ways to
make your chicken operation easier? Check out our homemade chicken
waterer that never
spills or fills with poop.
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