A few months ago someone mentioned to me that you could "Hard Boil" eggs in your oven and it absolutely didn't matter how fresh or old they were- that they would peel perfectly no matter what. So - we put the idea to the test . . . here are our results:
First of all, the eggs used in this experiment were literally less than 48 hours old. They were collected fresh from our own chickens. The person sharing this method assured me that the shells would peel easily from the egg using this method, regardless of how fresh the eggs are (it's a well known fact that fresh eggs do NOT peel well!)
Place each egg in the well of a muffin tin, since we needed to make a huge batch of potato salad, we used 24 eggs.
Place the eggs in an oven that has been preheated to 325F. Set the timer for 30 minutes- go do something else more important than watching paint dry.
Remove from oven- they will look like this:
Immediately plunge the hot eggs into ice water, let them soak for 10 minutes.
Then peel them!
As you can see, this does NOT create "Pretty" Hard-Boiled Eggs- quite the contrary- they get little "brown spots" on the areas of the egg that touched the pan, they don't peel for a hill of beans and they look like they spent time in a blender.
So- this method is a massive FAIL!! If you want Pretty Eggs Everytime
(eggs that actually Worthy of deviled egg recipes!) you can use this Tried and true method here.
Just a Note:
Folks have written in stating that "Fresh Eggs" will peel well- they've bought eggs from the store and cooked them the "Same day". Guys- those "Fresh Eggs" aren't so fresh- they are literally at least a month old when you buy them "Fresh" at your local store.
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