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How best to peel a hard-boiled egg?
« on: 15/10/2011 13:30:02 »
John Muir asked the Naked Scientists:
   What is the best way to prepare hardboiled eggs so that the shell can easily be removed?

I've tried several combinations of cold running water, just change the boiled water with cold water once etc., but have not found the optimal method that works every time. 

I know the trick of making a hole at either end and blowing the egg out, but what is the best quick method of preparing the eggs for easy peeling?
What do you think?
« Last Edit: 15/10/2011 13:30:02 by _system »


 


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« Reply #2 on: 15/10/2011 17:03:12 »
Put some vinegar in the water when you boil them. That helps a lot, although I don't know why.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 15/10/2011 22:54:10 »
Put some vinegar in the water when you boil them. That helps a lot, although I don't know why.
thats for poached eggs, ithinx
 

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« Reply #4 on: 16/10/2011 07:36:20 »
Put some vinegar in the water when you boil them. That helps a lot, although I don't know why.
thats for poached eggs, ithinx

Could be too, but it works really well with boiled eggs.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 16/10/2011 07:47:41 »
I normally just microwave my eggs :o

You can gently pry the eggs out of the shell with a spoon.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 16/10/2011 08:02:16 »
I normally just microwave my eggs :o

You can gently pry the eggs out of the shell with a spoon.

A complete travesty!

The only way to cook eggs properly is to fry a bunch of bacon (sausages optional), add preboiled slices of potato and some tomatoes, then add the eggs - over easy, two minutes on each side.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 16/10/2011 14:20:38 »
Geezer
Two minutes on each side, now that is a travesty.  It's sunny side up for me, the look and taste is totally different.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 17/10/2011 09:24:07 »
A full English goes well incorporating an egg or two:









add some Bubble and you're sorted !!




*le yum*

All low fat of course !...more healthy than lettuce !!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 17/10/2011 09:42:07 »
I find if ewe gently roll the egg on a hard surface and apply gentle pressure...the shell just cracks and very easily peels !
 

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« Reply #10 on: 17/10/2011 12:23:57 »
I like to make sandwiches it so delicious and easy. It take to me 20 min. To make this sandwiches: newbielink:http://spam-cooking.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-spam-professional-sandwich.html [nonactive]   I have no idea that this is so easy.
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« Reply #11 on: 17/10/2011 19:09:43 »




I don't know what's wrong with the US, but you can't get bacon like that (Wiltshire?) here, at least not easily.

If you try to bring it into the country, the bar stewards at the customs nick it. I'm sure they are supposed to destroy it, but I suspect they actually take it home and have a good fry up.
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« Reply #13 on: 17/10/2011 21:33:29 »




I don't know what's wrong with the US, but you can't get bacon like that (Witshire?) here, at least not easily.

If you try to bring it into the country, the bar stewards at the customs nick it. I'm sure they are supposed to destroy it, but I suspect they actually take it home and have a good fry up.
looks like canadian bacon or ham. beans from a can?
 

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« Reply #14 on: 17/10/2011 21:54:27 »
BTW, I should have said "Wiltshire", not "Witshire"!

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« Reply #15 on: 17/10/2011 22:04:04 »

looks like canadian bacon or ham. beans from a can?


Oh no! It's nothing like Canadian bacon, and it's certainly not ham. The beans almost certainly came out of a can (quite possibly Heinz) but they taste quite a bit different from baked beans in the US.

In the UK, you can even buy curried beans! I've never seen anything like that here. US consumers seem to be a bit less adventurous in their food choices. 
 

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How best to peel a hard-boiled egg?
« Reply #16 on: 19/10/2011 11:08:06 »
I got this story from a disgusted customer of mine when he returned from a business trip to India.
 In the hotel he was staying in, he ordered a hard boiled egg. The waiter brought the egg to his table and started cracking it. He had extra long finger nails.
"You really don't need to do that" he pleaded, but the waiter said: " It's no problem sir, I'm a professional egg cracker".
 
 
 

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Re: How best to peel a hard-boiled egg?
« Reply #17 on: 09/02/2012 01:01:26 »
John Muir asked the Naked Scientists:
   What is the best way to prepare hardboiled eggs so that the shell can easily be removed?
The easiest way I know is to hardboil the egg and then soak it in citric acid (fruit juice).

This has the advantage that the shell dissolves and forms calcium citrate, which is water soluble. You can then consume it anytime as a calcium supplement; whereas normal calcium pills are calcium carbonate which are far less soluble and harder to absorb (although they are absorbed if you take them with food, since your stomach acid can dissolve them).

Whether this is the 'best way' depends on what you're trying to do I suppose, it's not at all quick.
« Last Edit: 09/02/2012 01:02:59 by wolfekeeper »
 

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Re: How best to peel a hard-boiled egg?
« Reply #18 on: 14/02/2012 00:11:10 »
I have noticed that hardboiled eggs that are fresh peel a lot easier than those that have been sitting in your fridge for a while.

The best way? It's not rocket science, just hit it lightly on a hard surface and peel - Voila! There you have it  ;D
 

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