blithering shellsl!!!

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blithering shellsl!!!

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I want to make some pickled eggs for my MiL (aged 94). The thing is, I can never get the shells off the eggs cleanly and so they look a bit "shot at".

Anyone got any tips? I try to use older eggs (a week or so) but that doesn't seem to make much difference. What am I doing wrong?
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Use old eggs & cool them quickly once they're boiled, then put them in the fridge overnight before trying to get the shells off. Usually, if you start at one of the ends, you find the air pocket & then the membrane comes off cleanly and easily.
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Once they've boiled try tapping the shells so they break...the cold water leaks in and helps the egg shrink away from the shell. Then once they're completed cooled I just roll them once to loosen the shell and peels off.
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Right, some ideas to try. I got out a 11 day old egg that had been hardboiled and then in the fridge since yesterday. The shell came away really well, so I'm thinking that the age of the egg might be critical, since nothing else was different really. I suppose I forgot how old shop bought eggs can be and to me, now, 10 days old or more is ancient.

Thanks for the replies.
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I also find that if you crack the hardboiled egg shell all over, then slide a tsp carefully under the shell, with the curve of the spoon bowl flat against the curve of the egg, this usually works too.
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We love them to Bea and i always boil extra when doing some so the good ones i pickle and im afraid the tatty ones just get gobbled up straightaway. On toast or salad, in mayo or just gobbled on thier own it dosent matter cause you break them up anyway :-D
Also iv done eggs of different ages and sometimes the older ones peel worse than the newre ones, just do extra and have plenty of egg mayo sarnis or whatever )t'

Also iv been getting sweet pickled onions from house bargains and sasdas large oninsand then i pop the eggs in the left over vinegar. Only trouble is they hardly get chance to pickle in this house they are scooffed neary as fast as the girls can lay them {rofwl} Lindaxx
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