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How to Boil Farm Fresh Eggs so They Peel Easy

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Whether scrambled, over-easy, sunny-side up, or boiled, eggs are delicious, nutritious, and versatile. Especially farm fresh eggs. But how to boil farm fresh eggs so they peel easy, that’s the question. Is there a trick to it? Well, a few actually.

It has to do with the age of the eggs. You see, eggs in the grocery store are a lot older than eggs that are collected from backyard farms. And the older they are, the easier they are to peel. You’ll also get the sulfur smell with the aging of eggs. However we don’t have to get into all of that.

Another thing to consider is the eggshell color. Since some shells are naturally denser or harder than others, that will also affect how easy it is to peel. For instance, most of our chickens lay blue eggs. And I have found that those shells and the Maran shells tend to be more difficult to crack. Thus, the eggshell color of your eggs will likely determine the best solution for you.

multi-colored eggs in a red container
These are eggs we collect in a coffee can: and they consist of duck, Maran, ‘Cauna, and Barred Rock eggs.

Boiling Farm Fresh Eggs to Peel Easy: 1st Method

  • Pick your eggs & leave them on the counter, unwashed for 3 or 4 days.
  • Next, on the 3rd or 4th day, put your eggs in a pot; and cover with salted water.
  • Then when the water gets to a roiling boil, turn off stove; and remove pot from heat.
  • Set a timer for 10 minutes, then allow pot to cool before draining water. Next, rinse eggs with cold water.
  • Finally, peel and enjoy!
multi-colored farm fresh eggs in a pot of water
This is after I boiled them; now they’re cooling in cold water.

The above method is what I use due to the color eggshells we have. Though, if you don’t have blue or dark brown eggs, then you probably can get by with one of the other options.

Boiling Farm Fresh Eggs so They Peel Easy: 2nd Method

  • Gather your eggs, and DON’T wait for them to age
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil
  • Put a steamer basket, or strainer, with your eggs over the boiling water
  • Cover and allow to steam for ~ 20 minutes
  • Then remove from heat
  • And cool eggs before peeling

There’s another option that recommends boiling the eggs in a regular pan (not pot), but letting the pan remain on the stove for 20 minutes. Then shake the pan, while the shaking cracks the eggshells. And finally, cooling the eggs under cold water. Both this method and the 2nd method don’t require waiting for the eggs to age. Here’s the link if you want the instructions.

multi-colored farm fresh eggs in a blue styrofoam egg carton
And this is after they’ve been boiled and rinsed.

So now you understand that it’s the egg’s freshness that makes it so difficult to peel. And what makes it so yummy also makes it a drag sometimes to eat in certain ways. But now you also know how to boil farm fresh eggs so they peel easy. Did you have any tricks you want to share about boiling and peeling farm fresh eggs?

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By KS

I breed pure Black Ameraucana chickens and Easter Eggers that are Black Ameraucana mixed with either Cuckoo Maran or Barred Rock. And I donate eggs to people or organizations in need.

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