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Why is it so hard to peel my hard-cooked eggs?

Hard-cooked eggs may be difficult to peel if they are very fresh. This is because an egg shrinks inside during storage, which pulls the inner membrane away from the inside of the shell.  For this reason, a hard-cooked egg will peel more easily if it has been stored for one or two weeks before it is cooked.

Filed under Cooking, Eggs
Answered by Elena Parks