How to Hard Boil Eggs so they Peel Easily

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Fresh eggs are the best. Either from a small local farm or your own backyard, fresh eggs taste great and are better for you than factory raised eggs. A small backyard flock of chickens can provide a family with lots of eggs. With so many fresh eggs you will have to get creative in the ways that you cook them. The first time we tried to hard boil our own fresh eggs the cooked eggs were impossible to shell and we ended up ripping them apart trying to get the shell off. What makes fresh eggs so hard to peel? In this article, I will teach you how to cook (and cool) fresh hard boiled eggs so that they can be easily peeled and enjoyed.

What is the difference between fresh eggs and others?
All eggs have a small membrane inside the shell. When very fresh eggs are boiled the membrane sticks to the inside of the shell and the outside of the egg making it hard to peel without destroying the egg. To make them peel easily you need to shrink the fresh egg inside the membrane and the shell so that the membrane and shell slip right off the hard to peel eggs. To shrink the egg, you need to do two things: leave the eggs in the fridge for 2 or 3 weeks prior to cooking them and put the farm eggs in the fridge over night after cooking. See the detailed procedure below for hard boiling fresh eggs:


1. Store your eggs in the fridge for 2 or 3 weeks prior to boiling. This mimics the amount of time that store bought eggs take to travel from the industrial farm to your refrigerator.

2. Place the fresh eggs in a pot and cover with water.

3. Bring the water to a boil and cook for 3 minutes, then turn off heat and leave the pot on the stove for an hour or so with the lid on.

4. Pour off the warm water (be careful not crack any) and refill the pot with cool water.

5. Wait another hour or so and pour of the warm water again, then add fresh cool water again.
Fresh Eggs
6. Place the pot and contents in the refrigerator and leave over night. Cooling over night will shrink the eggs so they peel easily. 

7. The next day they will be ready to peel. Enjoy!

Whether they are fresh farm eggs or not, hard to peel eggs are a real pain. Now that you know how to hard boil eggs so they peel easily you can use this technique with any kind of hard to peel eggs.

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