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    Quote Originally Posted by ubute View Post
    If you're planning on eating it yourself (or your proposed fellow egg-munchers are not too fussy about you blowing on their food), a quick way is to crack and peel the big easy to peel end with the air bubble to around say 1" diameter, peel a smaller hole in the pointy end, then blow firmly through the small hole. The egg then pops out complete through the big peeled end nicely.
    Have you tried this? I just did.

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    So the eggs are now 8 days older than they were in the last chapter. Boiled up eight of them for 5 minutes, and the membrane was certainly less adhesive this time. Apart from attempting the blow technique which just fractured everything into tiny fiddly pieces I cracked the second one in several places, removed the shell and membrane around the bubble and put it back in the cold water for 5 mins or so. Not too bad. I'm pretty sure the membrane has to be punctured for this to work because it's the membrane sticking to the white that is the problem, not the shell sticking to the membrane (that's a good thing).

    Consumed as usual sliced on toast with Coriander Pesto, but this time I selected the Pesto that had a chilli added to it. "Mmm Indians". Just a nice low level warmth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    Better than talking about footy.
    I have no problems in talking about footy, Brett

    Congratulations to NSW Blues on winning the 2018 series.

    The way you are carrying on spreading it all around the board it's obvious that it's been along time between drinks. Savor it while you can.

    I hope for the integrity of the competition that there are no irregularities in the win that come to light after the event - like that embarrassing time a few years ago when they later found out that NSW had a drug cheat on the field.

    Either way, two wins in 13 years - it might or might not be a turning point but it will be a few seasons before you can claim not to suck based on recent history - and that's only IF you win a few more.
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    Bloody near dropped my glass of wine. Ta Doug.

    They would be wise words to heed FF.
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    Buy an egg cooker Brett. Prolly uses less power, most make up to 7 in a go, the way you want them. Easy peasy. I would not be without one. take away my toaster, leave my egg cooker alone.
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    Last lot of eggs were purchased about two weeks ago, possibly a tad more. Boiled 6 two days ago, and quite easy to peel. Must make up an egg pricker and give that a burst - many swear by them.
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    Smile Peeling Eggs!

    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    We consume quite a few boiled eggs here. Either with Cholula Chilli sauce after dinner (instead of cheese), or for lunch sliced on toast spread with Coriander Pesto.

    As for the cooking, we seem to have that nailed: raw eggs into cold water, bring to boil which takes 8-9 minutes (on our gas stove anyway) and boil for 3-5 minutes depending on how hard we want them. No vinegar in the boiling water, no pricking, and we never have cracked ones using this technique. Then quench them in cold water (two changes).

    It's the peeling that is the PITA!

    What I have learnt so far is that they must be cold for the best peel. Warm or even room temp results in a difficult peeling where parts of the white come away. Also worked out that it is best to get under the membrane for the quickest result (pulling shell of the membrane and leaving the membrane on the white doesn't work too well).

    Once I forgot to set the timer and they boiled for at least 10 minutes. These were the very easiest to peel. I presume this was because the whites were absolutely cooked and as hard and firm as they can get.

    But it's still mighty slow and fiddly when you are hungry!

    Anyone got any other tips for peeling?
    Well, my "secret" is that you should avoid boiling FRESH eggs if you want to peel them. The shell in fresh boiled eggs is both crumblier and binds more to the egg white. The very best peeling results from using slightly older eggs - say > 7days old. Try it. You'll see it's almost always a lot easier to peel slightly older eggs.

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    Yup. Covered that a month ago. (just 7 posts back, for those who observe.....)
    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    So the eggs are now 8 days older than they were in the last chapter. Boiled up eight of them for 5 minutes, and the membrane was certainly less adhesive this time.
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    Now we know the age of egg matters, some have known that for a while, just be getting self one of them egg cookers. Nirvana awaits.
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    I'm not sure I get what they are Bevan. Can it be easier than putting 6 eggs in a pot of cold water, setting the timer for 9 minutes (boiling time in winter), then setting the timer for 5 minutes?

    Turn off the gas, quench in cold water twice.

    Peel.

    Eat. (well, not all of them - I ain't Cool Hand Luke)
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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    I'm not sure I get what they are Bevan. Can it be easier than putting 6 eggs in a pot of cold water, setting the timer for 9 minutes (boiling time in winter), then setting the timer for 5 minutes?

    Turn off the gas, quench in cold water twice.

    Peel.

    Eat. (well, not all of them - I ain't Cool Hand Luke)
    Certainly can be easier than using a pot to cook eggs. Uses about 35ml of water, which in turn, uses far less energy. Plus, even without my hearing aids in, I can hear when it is finished.

    Our current egg cooker is about 25-28 years old.

    By the way, there was a company that was at the Melbourne Show sometime last century, they were offering hard boiled eggs for catering companies. I happen to know that they suggested three weeks +- 3 days as the optimum time for hard boiling eggs. Time and time again, that advice has been correct.

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    Yep, 6 or 7 eggs at a time. Minimal water usage, minimal power consumption AND perfect eggs once you fine tune the water volume. To cook more eggs you actually use less water.

    I have had one for over 30 years. I had to replace my first one about 5 years ago. Oh, and you get an egg pricier in the deal. The usual suspects have them, k mart etc. maybe 15 bucks.
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    Got a few of the chaps coming for lunch tomorrow, and that will involve boiled eggs. They must have all read the thread.

    So I made an egg pricker - a small stainless steel screw that pokes through a piece of MDF by just over 1mm. Tap the egg base on it and then rotate a little - need to see a tiny dark hole (½mm) in the middle of the white shell hole which is about 1½mm.

    A two egg trial reveals that these were the easiest ever eggs to peel.

    I suspect what happens is that the tiny hole allows water to penetrate under the shell and membrane because the eggs were moist all over the white (previously dry and tacky). Admittedly these eggs are now about 3 weeks old, and the last time I boiled some from this batch was 6-7 days ago, but the difference was too big to be just age.
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    Add some bicarb to the boiling water. I find it works with eggs however fresh they are.

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    Well I was able to peel 5 eggs in about 2-3 minutes - previously unheard of! It's definitely about getting the water under the membrane. That little bit of moisture means that the shell doesn't stick to the white at all.

    Brilliant! At least for the last ¼ of my life peeling eggs will be easy........
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