CHARLOTTE SHARES SOME TIPS
FOLLOW THE SUPERMARKETS’ LEAD
Eggs are best kept out of the fridge and stored in a cool dry place. Supermarkets do not store their eggs in chilled conditions and neither should we. Eggs have porous shells and will absorb other flavours inside the fridge.
FRESH EGGS VERSUS OLDER ONES
Eggs get lighter as they age because liquid evaporates through the porous shell. An old egg will float if you immerse it in a bowl of water, a useable egg will stand on its end, but a fresh egg will lie on the bottom. If you hold a fresh egg up to a light you will see a very small air chamber.
THE BEST WAY TO PEEL BOILED EGGS
The fresher the egg, the more difficult it will be to peel as the membrane beneath the shell sticks tightly to the shell. As the egg ages it starts to shrink and the air space between the eggshell and the membrane increases. This is because the egg loses some acidity; it starts to absorb air through the porous shell and some of the carbon dioxide in the albumen will diminish. This causes the pH level to increase, which loosens the membrane.
After boiling your eggs, pour off the water and shake the pan to crack the shells. Run the eggs under cold water and cover with cold water for a couple of minutes. This should make the eggs easier to peel as the skin and shell will hopefully come away together.
If you start with the rounded end of the egg where the air pouch is, this might also help.