Martha Stewart's Cooking School Martha Stewart's Tip: Peeling Eggs
Where is the air pocket in the egg usually located?
To remove the shells, start at the board end of the egg, which is generally where the air pocket in the egg is. Older eggs are easier to show generally than freshly laid eggs, because very fresh eggs have a smaller air sack in them. You know, that little white membrane, that's in the egg, that's shrinks as the egg ages. So peeling a fresh egg can be difficult, but let's see if one of these will peel. Dry it off. And then start at the board end, and with the back of a spoon, just crack the shell. Once you find a little air sack, the eggs are easier to peel. See, that's the little sack that we were talking about. And then just gently with the side of your thumb, start peeling the egg. You're loosening the membrane with the shell from the nice, shiny cooked egg inside. Now hide boiled eggs in the shell, just stay 4, up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If you are going to peel them, use them as soon as possible.