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Making hard boiled eggs with FRESH eggs

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When you buy eggs from a supermarket there is a pretty good chance your eggs have been in that carton for almost a month.  Commercial egg farmers have 30 days once their eggs are packed in a carton to sell them.  If the carton is labeled with a "use by" date that date is 45 days from the when the eggs were packaged. Assuming the eggs were packaged the day they were laid, that is still an egg that has been sitting for a while. The longer the eggs sit the more the membrane beneath the shell separates from the shell, making peeling easier.  The trade off is the longer the eggs sit the less centered the yolk will be because the whites become less dense (also the longer eggs sit the less nutrition they provide). 

Now you want to make a beautiful platter of deviled eggs with nice neat whites and centered yolks... what to do?

It's as easy as stopping by the local farm market and buying some fresh free range eggs from a local farmer and following these steps to perfectly boiling your fresh eggs. (or go one step further and put some happy hens in your backyard, but that is an instructable for another day)
 
 
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Step 1: What you need

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Fresh Eggs
Pot with enough water to cover the eggs
Slotted spoon
Timer
Colander
Bowl of ice water

Step 2: Boil water

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Yes, that's right, we are boiling the water first... then adding the eggs, backwards, not anymore, this is the new way to hard boil eggs!

Sorry for the typo : "Anyway someone boils eggs is okay to me…"

correction :Any way eggs are boiled is okay to me,

I really don't know where my head is these days : if someone could make an instructable relating as to how to keep it screwed on one's neck or how to find it would be most welcomed ! ;)

I feel this is somewhat far fetched just for boiled eggs !!!…

Anyway someone boils eggs is okay to me, deviled eggs or any other recipe : "egg mayonnaise", "œuf macédoine" - french version of deviled egg- etc…

However, thanks for the last pic as it reminds us that :

1) eggs do not come from nowhere,

2) hens are always nice to look at as it will remind all who had happy days when they were kids vacationing at their cousins' farm,

3) one should never throw the shells away if they have a chance to have a chicken coop (occupied, that is !) in their backyard (I know, I know, this does not occur that often these days…) : give them the shells and they'll swallow it along with the small pebbles they feast on : this is how they get their calcium for shells …

BTW : did you really get these white eggs at a local farmer ? I thought they were "manufactured" (or almost …) by those big egg producers that deliver them a zillion each day… Obviously I was wrong.

coco13021 days ago

I've struggled with this for years. A friend of mine always gives me FRESH eggs and I would dread trying to make deviled eggs with them but not anymore!! He gave me some today that he had just collected so I searched and found this solution. I wasn't planning on making deviled eggs but I couldn't wait to try it so I boiled 2 eggs, just as directed and they look PERFECT!!!! Thanks SO much!

1Happydogg25 days ago

Thank you so much! You're a life saver. I've been trying to find a way to hard boil my "girls" eggs and not having almost the entire egg completely stuck to the shell. I too was skeptical, but it worked brilliantly. I'm so looking forward to deviled eggs. Thank you again.

BFunky1 year ago
Ok so I was skeptical but I needed to find the best way to use up my fresh eggs from my Red Comets and Black and White Lace Wyanettes so I gave this a try. Well it works! Out of 2 dozen eggs only one made it to my waiting Dachshund. Thanks my deviled eggs for Thanksgiving wont look like took a ride in a rock tumbler
oking2 years ago
I cheat. I use a pressure cooker... 5 minutes at 15 lbs and let pressure drop on it's own.

Easy peel eggs every time fresh or old.
MomLogg2 years ago
Thanks for this tute! I seem to have a hit-or-miss track record when boiling eggs fresh from my ladies. I'll try this method and strive for consistency! Also, I, too, give my ladies leftovers. I have one in particular who always seems very disappointed if I don't bring anything vegetable for her.
dreamberry2 years ago
Your way is my new way, because it works. It works, it works, it works! (dances joyously) Thank You Very Much!
tvoyak2 years ago
Ok, I am going to try this and just see how the egg peels! I have always had trouble peeling fresh eggs and I purposely use the older ones for hard boiled eggs. The shells are tough and very difficult to peel..maybe your boiling method is the trick for fresh eggs..I hope!! :)
PixyMcCrafty (author)  tvoyak2 years ago
The eggs I boiled when I made this ible were all less than 12 hours old, and they peeled so easily. It took me awhile to figure out how to do it. For the longest time I was hiding eggs in the back of the fridge for 2 weeks just to make hard boiled eggs.
Ah ha! It worked :) Thank you, Thank you! Now I can make super yummy AND presentable deviled eggs ;)

Just out of curiosity, did you have your eggs chilled before you boiled or room temp..mine are just out on the counter so I started at room temp and it worked but if it's even easier when they are chilled I am all for that!
PixyMcCrafty (author)  tvoyak2 years ago
It works fine for both room temp and chilled eggs, old eggs, fresh eggs, whatever you have. :D
dlabelle2 years ago
I love the chicken with cake face picture really cute!
westfw2 years ago
last time I got frustrated trying to peel eggs, I did some experiments. What seemed to work best was to put the (cold) hard-boiled eggs in the freezer for about 15 minutes (until the egg just under the shell began to be slightly frozen.)
I've heard all these tales about starting in cold water, cooling immediately after cooking, using older eggs, but I never got consistent results or had enough eggs to gather proper data; I'm not convinced that any of them are more than "old wives tales."
PixyMcCrafty (author)  westfw2 years ago
I get 14-18 eggs out of my chicken coop everyday, I've done plenty of experimenting. I have found eggs over 2 weeks from when they are laid are fine if you start with cool water, bring to a boil then turn off the heat and let sit covered. If the eggs are fresher I got significantly better results using this method, including warm eggs that went directly from the nest box to the boiling water.

I've never tried putting the boiled eggs in the freezer, making them that cold would help pull the membrane away from the shell also, did the partially frozen eggs end up a little rubbery?
caarntedd2 years ago
Any tips for getting the shell off a hot soft boiled egg? I use cold water to stop the cooking process, but I still sometimes have trouble getting the shells off. Cold soft boiled eggs aren't real nice.

Cool instructable, Thanks.
Once you've made a crack in the eggshell, you can use the tip of a spoon (I use the handle end) to put behind the eggshell to help pull it off.
Thanks, I'll try that.
PixyMcCrafty (author)  caarntedd2 years ago
I never tried peeling hot eggs. I know throwing the cold eggs in the hot water (instead of starting with eggs in cold water) will help separate the membrane and make it easier to peel, and the ice bath just helps.

Maybe try putting your eggs into the boiling bath, reduce the cook time (obviously) and finish with a quick cool wash instead of the ice bath. That should make them easier to peel than the standard method of starting your eggs in cold water and bringing them to a boil.

Good luck :)
Yeah, thanks. Your second paragraph is exactly how I do it. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. It may have to do with the age of the eggs. I didn't realise how old they could be until I read your posting.
lemonie2 years ago
PixyMcCrafty (author)  lemonie2 years ago
oh. now that looks delicious!
+100.
sunshiine2 years ago
Great ible! Thanks for sharing.
once commercial eggs are pack in a carton they have 30 Days from the date of pack to be sold.

Unless they use the words "use by" then its 45 days from date the carton was packed.


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/focus_on_shell_eggs/#18
PixyMcCrafty (author)  thematthatter2 years ago
Good to know, it could be up to 45 days from when they are packed. Assuming they are packed the same day they are laid that is an egg that has just been sitting around too long.. I will edit to reflect the official USDA numbers, thank you :)
I couldn't find how long they sit from the time its layed to it gets to the carton but most plants have resident inspectors so im guessing within the same day or couple days.

They have to be inspected before they can be sold but "Grading is voluntary"
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