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How to Properly Boil Quail Eggs – a fool proof method

This is easier than you think! Put all your eggs in one pot – no really, it’s ok to do it this time. You can always get more! Fill the pot until eggs are covered with an inch or so of water above them. It’s ok of some of these float; they’ll be fine.

Begin to heat the water. When it reaches a full rolling boil, set your timer for 2 minutes. When time is up, turn off the heat. Let the water cool for 10 minutes, then pour out the contents into a colander. Dump the eggs into a bowl of cold water and put it in the fridge – you’re done! Almost!

To quickly peel quail eggs, try this: put all the eggs in a jar once they’re cool to the touch and add water until it’s just below the level of the eggs. I know this sounds weird, but trust me. Put the lid on tightly. Now shake it! Hard. For maybe 30 of the longest seconds of your life. Don’t be afraid to put some muscle into it! What you’re doing is putting tiny cracks into all the shells at once, which becomes a magic trick in a minute.

Drain the water out, grab an egg and start to peel. You want to start at the fat rounded end of the egg first. That’s where the air pocket is, so it’s easier to tear into without gouging the eggs. Pull the peel up and away as you go and when you get good at it, you’ll be able to pull a single complete strip in a spiral off of the eggs in one go! Quail egg membranes are thicker than chicken eggs, so there’s less shell chipping and breakage.

Rinse the eggs to remove any stray shell bits at the end and then you’re done! Well, you do have to place them in the fridge, so please do that!

Hard boiled quail eggs are bite-sized and amazingly fun to pop into your mouth for a mid-afternoon protein snack. This is also a great way to use up old eggs, extend their shelf life and opens up new recipes to try. Think egg salad sandwiches, sliced egg for salads, chopped eggs for homemade potato salad, pickled eggs and on and on. I hard boil eggs at least once a week and make different things with them since we have so many on hand.

*Pro-tip* Place a paper towel or small cloth in the bottom of the bowl when storing peeled eggs. It wicks away moisture the hard boiled eggs naturally produce and can add an extra week to the storage time (plus wet eggs are kind of icky).

I hope you enjoyed these tips and find new ways to try quail eggs!