Why are some hard-cooked eggs so hard to peel?

Believe it or not, eggs that are very fresh are harder to peel after they're cooked than eggs that have been in the refrigerator for a week or so before you cook them. That extra time allows some air to develop between the egg and the shell.

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Marge Perry

April 2011