Every Easter, or any time you hard-boil eggs, it seems we curse when the shells stick to the hard-cooked whites of the eggs. How to make easy to peel hard-boiled eggs? It seems to be the age-old question for many. There is a simple trick to making easy to peel hard-boiled eggs.
Whether you have a small flock of backyard chickens or you just have fresh eggs from the store, is seems none of the tricks work except letting your eggs age. Well, no longer do you have to just buy your eggs weeks in advance in order to have the eggs peel easily. How to make easy to peel hard-boiled eggs? There are a lot of tricks to easy to peel eggs. Here is the full-proof secret for easy to peel eggs with no green yolks too.
Why are hard-boiled eggs hard to peel sometimes?
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 hard-boiled 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 eggshells. Start peeling eggs once eggs have chilled for ten minutes.
In a mere 12 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 since there is absolutely no green yolk in these hard-boiled eggs. Or bacon ranch egg salad. My favorite recipe using hard-boiled eggs is this hard-boiled egg casserole.
Recipes to Use Hard-Boiled Eggs
Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
How to make easy to peel hard-boiled eggs
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup Water
- 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.
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Fresh Eggs are typical harder to peel, but only because people are doing it wrong!
Instead of covering Eggs with Water, add just a half Inch " of Water (Comes to a boil faster = You save Energy, Money and Water = Win Win Win), that way, you Steam the Eggs instead of Boiling them.
When done, add them to Cold Water for a Minute or so... Either transfer back to the Pot with a Lid, or a different Container with a Lid, and gently shake for 5 - 10 Seconds, and you're all done 🙂
In Asia this is actually a competitive event!