how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

It's the little things in life some days.

Yesterday morning when I opened the fridge I was greeted with nearly three dozen eggs from our backyard hens. There has been baking, I have been making a huge frittata once a week, and we've been eating eggs for breakfast too…. but the hens were getting ahead of us. I have had no luck with anyone's method of hard-boiling eggs. Some of them helped (pin hole, vinegar, salt, ice bath, let them age) but none of them really yielded an easily peeled egg. Let alone one the kids could peel on their own. And I just can't let my eggs sit in the fridge for a few weeks before I boil them…. the beauty of backyard hens is fresh eggs, right?

So I googled it. And the one thing I had not tried was steaming them. Following the instructions from this, I steamed about a dozen and a half eggs from the weekend……..

how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

You need some sort of steamer basket for this. I used one of those fold up style baskets that fit in a variety of pot sizes. Add just enough water to cover the bottom, the eggs shouldn't sit in the water. Put the lid on & bring the pot to a boil. Fill with as many eggs as you want to cook & steam for 15 minutes with the lid on. Keep an eye to make sure you don't run out of water. I know that seems like a long time…. but you can see that it yields perfectly cooked eggs. I was wary, but it's just right. Spoon the eggs into iced cold water & chill until they are cool to the touch. Peel easily, without saying any bad words. (that's the best part.) And if you (like me) are so excited about this epiphany that you are jumping up and down and you offer a hard-steamed egg to every family member while squeaking "what until you peel it!"….. then we were meant to be the best of friends…. and I wish you lived closer.

It's egg salad for lunch here today.

Have a lovely Tuesday……

xo,

s

  

(ps – if you like the centers soft, boil for 10-12 minutes! we love them this way too!)

33 thoughts on “how to hard boil fresh eggs (that actually peel easily)

  1. Oh, thank you, thank you! I am trying this today! I am so excited!! I love our fresh eggs, but hate not being able to enjoy boiled eggs without losing half the egg to the peel. If it works, I’ll be doing a happy dance! πŸ™‚

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  2. Yeap, I wish we lived closer too. I saw this on google, but hadn’t tried it, now I will. Pretty deviled eggs on my egg plant, oh yes!
    We have been eating eggs three times a day and are still not getting ahead!

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  3. Oh, oh, oh! I cannot believe the blessing you have provided. I have dreamt of a time where I did not have to relegate a dozen or so of my hens’ eggs to the bottom shelf to let them age b/c my kids are big fans of the hard boiled yumminess for breakfast. I am not a big fan of the waste of peeling a stubborn egg. I have steamer baskets! I have an abundance of eggs! I thank you from the bottom of our deviled-egg lovin’ hearts!

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  4. OH, thank you so much – I didn’t realize that was why the littles were having so much trouble peeling the eggs!
    they will be thrilled!
    blessings
    karen

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  5. Brilliant! I don’t have backyard chickens yet but we do get fresh eggs from guy we know and now I won’t have to wait a week or two or three! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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  6. Can’t wait to try this! The last few times I’ve set out to make deviled eggs I’ve ended up with egg salad because I just can’t keep the darned things whole.

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  7. I had given up on hard boiling all together. It was such a pain and we lost so much egg stuck to the shell……. happy to have them back in our snack routine!

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  8. I have to admit to picking out the hens based on two things. Cold hardy, followed by egg color. Love collecting these beauties everyday. It’s like a little present πŸ™‚

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  9. LIFE CHANGING! thank you SO MUCH for sharing! I steamed 1 day old eggs from my ladies, last night for our salads. I had my fingers crossed this would work. There was ZERO swearing while peeling, that’s amazing!!! thanks again!

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  10. Yes!! So glad you tried it and it worked so well. I thought it was life changing for us too. Hard cooked eggs are such a great portable snack and we love egg salad sandwiches! SO happy to have shared this trick with all of you πŸ™‚

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  11. I will most definitely give this a try!! Right now there’s always around a dozen hard boiled eggs in the fridge and some are really difficult to peel. Thank you for sharing this!!

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  12. Finally tried this technique this morning. Brilliant! I, too, was squeaking around the kitchen in disbelief that it worked SO WELL! Even my kiddos (almost 2 and 4) got in on the peeling fun. Oh, it _is_ the little things.

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