Sunday, March 30, 2014

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Farm Fresh Eggs

My parents have a chicken coop with about 30 hens.  They roam free on an acre lot, eat bugs and worms, roll in the dirt, and lay beautiful eggs.  These are some happy ladies.
If you've ever boiled farm fresh eggs, you know the egg white sticks to the shell and you loose half the egg.  I've heard the older the egg, the easier to peel, but I want a fresh egg.
Well, baking soda is the key ingredient to having an easy peel fresh egg. says the baking soda helps the albumin in the egg white stick to itself rather than the shell.
You will need:
1 large pot
1 teaspoon baking soda
farm fresh eggs
6 cups cold water
Gather and clean your eggs.  
Add water, baking soda, and eggs to your pot.  Be careful with the eggs.
Turn the stove on medium heat to slowly heat the water until it starts to boil.  I've learned the hard way with cracked eggs by heating the water too fast.
Cover with a lid, turn the heat to low, and let sit for 20 minutes. 
Rinse the eggs off with cold water to speed the cooling process. 
Make sure the eggs are cool enough to peel.  Smack the wide end of the egg on the counter or hard surface to start the peeling process.  An air bubble forms in this area, creating a little pocket.  This pocket is an easy place to start peeling. 
Notice the egg white doesn't stick to the shell! 
Wahoo!  We did it!
 I like to eat the egg white with salt.    
Support your local farmers or raise your own chickens.  Make sure the chickens are cage-free and happy.  Happy chickens produce happy eggs.  
Check out these three blog posts about local food:
Farmers Market Libations, Garlic and Wild Flowers.html
Farmers Market Beet Fries.html
Support The Local Food Movement.html


  1. I always do this and it's much less frustrating than starting the first couple, muttering obscenities under my breath, and then giving up, all while yelling, "No one is getting deviled eggs this Thanksgiving - NO ONE!!" But I dump in a lot of soda; going with the whole more is more thing, I guess. ;)

  2. Fun. I've just found a farm fresh egg provider. Will give your method a try!