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Why Are Some Hard-Cooked Eggs Difficult To Peel?



Hard-cooked eggs may be difficult to peel if they are very fresh. This is because an egg shrinks inside during storage, which pulls the inner membrane away from the inside of the shell. For this reason, a hard-cooked egg will peel more easily if it has been stored for one or two weeks before it is cooked.

After boiling, crackle the shell all over by tapping gently then hold under running water to make peeling easier. Eggs may be harder to peel if they are not cooked long enough.

More Information:
Hard cooked eggs should be kept refrigerated and used within one week.

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  • Better yet,
    bring 1 inch of water to boil,
    place eggs, straight from the refrigerator in a steamer basket, place over boiling water,
    steam exactly 13 minutes,
    remove, cool.
    Put in refrigerator.

    19 out of 20 eggs will peel beautifully every time. - by TSINSIN002

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