Egg Peeling Tricks:

Eggs that are really fresh, do not peel well. Most of the egg tears when attempting to remove the shell. Eggs that are 6 to 8 weeks old, peel much easier because the inside of the egg shrinks as it ages.

When we plan an egg pickling day, we purchase our eggs 6 to 8 weeks earlier and store them in our garage fridge. Then we boil and peel them on egg pickling day! This, along with the ice trick mentioned below really helps speed up the peeling process and we have less eggs that are damaged.

When we have attempted to use the fresh eggs from our chickens, we simply cannot peel them without damage. So we set these eggs in a refrigerator for 2 weeks before pickling them.

Ice Peeling Trick:

Put your eggs in water and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, set your timer for 10 to 15 minutes.
When time is up, remove from heat and let cool.
Poor the water off and refill with cool water and add lots of ice and let sit for 15 minutes.

The inside of the egg will shrink away from the shell as it cools. The shells density keeps the shell from shrinking. This action helps the shell to pop off with ease.

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