Saturday, March 13, 2010

Perfectly Peeled Hardboiled Eggs: Secret or Skill?

It was one of those rare opportunities to enjoy a meal with family; two of my brothers, my sister and spouses were at our table.  Someone came back from refilling their plate and commented that all the devilled eggs were gone.  I said that somehow, I had never learned the secret of peeling a hardboiled egg without ruining a few.  My brother told us that you need to bring them to a boil, put a lid on and let them sit for about 20 minutes.  Then you roll the egg back and forth between your hands, hold it under cold water and that makes it easy to peel.

I guess I missed that cooking tip.  I never knew about rolling the egg in your hands.  I had the impression that it was news to others at the table as well.  To be honest, my solution to the eggs I mess up while peeling is to toss the white; that leaves more cooked yolk to mix in for the stuffing.

Another thing, I was surprised and impressed that Steve knew this secret.  I don't remember him cooking when we were growing up -- that was the girls' job (as was doing the dishes) -- but that's another post subject.  Maybe he ventured into egg peeling after he married Reba.

Yesterday I made tuna salad and decided to try Steve's recommendation.  I cooked the eggs as directed (the same method as I always use) and rolled the first egg between my hands.  I must have rolled it too hard, because the shell cracked all over and some of the white was dented and shredded when I pulled it off.  I was more gentle with the second two, which led to my usual problem.  (I guess I didn't roll hard enough to separate the membrane, which is what Steve said made the egg easy to peel.)  With the fourth egg, I reached that point and the egg came out smoothly and easily.

Lesson learned:  With peeled eggs as with a lot of things in life, the combination of a "secret" or talent and the willingness to practice the skill brings the best results.

Second lesson learned:  You may not know your siblings as well as you think, especially after 40 or 50 years.


Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great story and I am glad that you posted some lessons. I love your last post as well...great blog.

Let me tell you one thing I learned about eggs when I became a country girl after being a city girl most of my life. On Saturday mornings I used to take the kids to a nearby farm where we could buy fresh eggs. The farmers wife told me a little secret. Do not use fresh eggs for hard boiled eggs...the shell will stick to the white. Since then I only use eggs that have been in the carton the longest, or near the 'Sell By' date. Hope this works.

Lesson Learned: Always listen to the farmers wife!

Thanks for coming by!! :-)


Annie Joy said...

Janie, thanks so much -- I'm a new fan of your blog as well! I will watch those "sell by" dates from now on!


Related Posts with Thumbnails

Recently Read Fiction Favorites

  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  • Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
  • Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
  • Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
  • Confessions of a Former Rock Queen by Kirk Bjornsgaard
  • Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
  • Faithful Place by Tana French
  • Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
  • Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow
  • Innocent by Scott Turow
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  • Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Private Life by Jane Smiley
  • Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  • Roses by Leila Meacham
  • Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos
  • So Much For That by Lionel Shriver
  • South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  • That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
  • The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  • The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
  • The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg
  • The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
  • The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • The Sky Took Him by Donis Casey
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  • The Wind Comes Sweeping by Marcia Preston
  • Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom
  • Wolf Hall by Hillary Mandel
  • World Without End by Ken Follett
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

Favorite Nonfiction and Memoir

  • All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason by Nancy Pearl
  • Getting Over Getting Older by Lettie Cottin Pogrebin
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Sharing the Journey: Women Reflecting on Life's Passages by Katherine Ball Ross
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  • The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
  • The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl by Timothy Egan