In the end all you have is a sorry looking egg that seems to come from another sorry planet. I could just smash it against the wall! And that’s just a large chicken egg – but have you ever tried to peel quail eggs before?
If peeling a chicken egg drives you crazy enough already, then don’t even start peeling a quail egg – before you have even checked out my method for how to boil and peel quail eggs. Say goodbye to the tantrums and f-words while peeling eggs, my method is fail proof and fun!
How To Peel Quail Eggs
Watch my video of how to peel quail eggs easily!
As you can see: this trick is so so simple. A plastic container with a fitting lid and a splash of water is all you need. I was able to peel all the boiled quail eggs in just 2 minutes.
I don’t have to tell you how satisfying it is to see the egg shell come smoothly off the boiled egg white, that shiny perfect surface that smiles back at you. What a real pleasure!
Why Are Quail Eggs So Hard To Peel?
What is it that makes some eggs so terribly hard to peel properly? Good question. Well here is a simple answer: fresh eggs are harder to peel. Why? Apparently the egg whites of fresh eggs have a high pH value or in human language contains a higher amount of acidity. Which makes the egg white stick to the shell much more.
If you have only fresh eggs in your pantry, here’s a trick to make them easier to peel: add half a teaspoon of bicarb soda to the boiling water. Or you could simply use week old eggs.
Here’s another issue while boiling eggs that can make you go absolutely bananas: the egg that you added to the boiling water pops and cracks and the egg white comes out which makes the boiling water frothy and full of white specks.
You can only watch and wait until the egg white stops escaping from the egg shell and form an ugly white blob on the outside. Resulting of course in a half empty egg once you peel it.
How To Boil And Peel Quail Eggs
But don’t worry, help is on the way. The reason why an egg cracks when you add it to boiling water is the pressure in the egg because of the temperature difference. The cold raw egg and the air pocket inside expand because the shell gets hot. So how to avoid this, how to prevent the eggs from cracking?
If you want to make hard-boiled eggs: add the eggs you want to cook to a large saucepan and fill the pan with cold tap water. You can add a pinch of bicarb soda at this stage to make it easier to peel the eggs later. Then place the pan with the water and eggs over medium-high heat and gently heat up the water.
What happens when you use this method: the eggs will gradually but slowly warm up in water that has the same temperature. That will give the egg enough time to adapt slowly to the warming environment. Use this cold water trick and you will never end up with cracked half empty eggs again! Unless the egg was already cracked before adding it to the cold water.
But I can hear you say: what if you want to make soft-boiled eggs? You can’t use that cold water trick then, right? Wrong! Sure you can use the same method! All you need to do is time it: timing is crucial or you will overcook the eggs.
So here we go again. Place the eggs you want to soft boil in a large saucepan and cover with cold tape water. Place the pan over high heat and bring it to a rolling boil. Then immediately take the pan off the heat and cover with a lid. Set your cooking timer: 3 and a half minutes should do for soft-boiled eggs. Try it, it really works! The eggs are not cracked at all. Perfect breakfast.
OK but how does it work for quail eggs then?
Say goodbye to the tantrums and f-words: here’s how to boil and peel quail eggs easily! Drop dead simple and fail proof… you can thank me later!
- 10 quail eggs at room temperature
1) Place the quail eggs in a medium saucepan. Add cold tap water. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil.
2) Then take the pan off the heat, cover with a lid and let them boil in the hot water for 6 minutes for hard-boiled quail eggs. If you want soft-boiled quail eggs: bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat and keep the quail eggs in the hot water for another minute. Then remove the eggs immediately and carefully refresh them under cold running tap water.
How To Store Eggs?
Another thought: how to store eggs? Should you keep eggs in the fridge or in a room temperature pantry? And how long do they last? How long can you keep an egg for? Opinions differ quite a bit around this matter.
The fridge fans say that keeping eggs in the fridge increases shelf life and avoids bacterial contamination which might result in salmonella poisoning. Fans of the room temperature theory on the other hand are convinced that cold eggs loose flavor and are a nightmare to cook with, especially when you are baking. It is true however that some supermarket don’t keep eggs in a fridge.
Me personally I store eggs in my fridge. Not for a culinary reason however: I just don’t like too much stuff laying around in my kitchen or pantry. Whatever theory you believe in, refrigerating eggs does prolong the shelf life and that’s for a fact. Eggs kept in a fridge can last up to four to five weeks. Eggs stored at room temperature will only last for about 2 weeks.
Quail Egg Recipes
Enough egg talk! Let’s end this ‘how to boil and peel quail eggs’ post with some very interesting quail egg recipes! How to use peeled hard-boiled quail eggs? I have two highly recommendable stew recipes here on my website that contain boiled quail eggs: an Indian eggplant and quail egg curry and a pork belly stew with soy sauce and quail eggs!
On my long to try list still: pickled quail eggs and scotch quail eggs! Oh and a raw quail egg yolk looks amazing on top of my Asian steak tartare. Or check out my Spanish sobrasada tartare with quail egg!