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Volume II
May 27, 2004

Egg Peelers and More
Wives' Tales


My wife feels older eggs are better for peeling, and usually will not use them unless in refrigerator for at least 1 week. Is this true, and is there any way to help make eggs that are hard-boiled easier to peel? Have you noticed the new egg peeler advertised on TV? What do you think of it?

Thank You!

--Wayne Duba

Hi Wayne,

After reading up on it, it looks like your wife is right. Fresh eggs are more difficult to peel, according to cooks who've tested both types. An older egg has a larger air pocket that allows you to get your finger into and under the shell to start the peeling process. This may be one reason older eggs are easier to handle.

According to these cooks, the best way to peel eggs follows: Tap the egg gently on the counter, then lightly roll it back and forth a few times. Under cold, running water, begin peeling from the air pocket at the wide end of the egg.

I have seen the egg peeler and it looks like it would be fabulous. I don't know whether it works or not, but if any of your local news stations do "buy it and try it" segments, you might send in a request for them to test it out. All I know is that I had my 5-year old and 2-year old egg peelers help me with the Easter eggs on Sunday. These "egg peelers" didn't work very well. We ate "chopped" deviled eggs, if you can imagine that! Oh well, they had fun.

Thanks for writing,

Desi @ DVO

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