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Every easter it seems we ask this very question. How to make easy to peel hard-boiled eggs? It seems to be the age-old question for the procrastinators…
It seems every year the week before Easter I remember we will need hard-boiled eggs to color. Yet, I don’t have old eggs, only new store-bought eggs or fresh eggs from our chickens. You and I both know peeling fresh eggs is not easy. Or fun. And leaves your eggs looking like they went to war with their shells. But I have mastered the art of how to make easy to peel hard-boiled eggs. The hard-boiled eggs are free of the green outsides of the yolks too.
While we raise a few chickens on our farm, I can honestly say it isn’t all it is cracked up to be. The life of cage-free chickens, even when there are less than 30 birds isn’t glamorous. The chickens have a definite pecking order. And they enforce it. The chickens also tend to break the eggs easily since they all like to lay their eggs in the same box. And have I mentioned the wild birds like the sparrows and starlings fly in and eat the food and crack any eggs they can get at. Good times raising farm fresh eggs.
Surprisingly, we still get a ton of eggs. Well, when it isn’t winter. This winter our girls have been short on the laying. Or the birds have been heavy on the eating. But most of the time, my reality is a pile of eggs to wash.
But, here is the thing, even if you are buying the eggs at the store, the eggs get from the chicken to the store in about 72 hours or three days. If you are buying grade A eggs, you have fresh eggs. Sometimes fresher than you are getting from me since we get about 24 eggs a day and depending on what day you get them delivered, they could be a week old.
How to make easy to peel eggs?
The secret is steaming. You can buy a small egg steamer. The small steamers can make seven eggs while I have mastered the art of 20 eggs. Easily peeled and no green around the yolk. All with the help of my big pot and a steam basket or colander. Here is a quick glance at what I do.
The basics here, fill the bottom of a pan with an inch or two of water. Place eggs in a steam basket and turn the heat on high, place lid on the pan. Once steam starts, and steam for an additional 12 minutes. Then immediately put into an ice bath of water. Start cracking the eggs to help get the ice water into the egg shells. Start peeling eggs once eggs have chilled for ten minutes.
In a mere 10 minutes, the eggs are all peeled and ready for snacks for the week. These easy to peel hard boiled eggs are my secret weapon. They are perfect for deviled eggs. Or egg salad. My favorite is hard-boiled egg casserole.
Recipes to Use Hard-Boiled Eggs
- 1 dozen eggs
- Place an inch or two of water in a pan. Place steamer basket in pan making sure the basket is not in the water.
- Add eggs to basket. Cover and heat over high heat.
- Once steam starts emerging, steam eggs another 10-12 minutes.
- Immediately remove from heat and place eggs in ice water bath submerging completely. Crack eggs to help cool eggs down.