Getting an egg to peel easily and cleanly has been an issue for me most of my life.
Growing up with farm-fresh eggs all the time, and now having my own on our farm, we have more than the usual trouble. It would seem that the fresher your eggs are, the more difficult they are to peel.
Hardly fair, in my opinion…
So you name it, I’ve tried just about every “easy-peel” method there is. I’ve scoured the internet for tips and run across some pretty bizarre things that are working for people, including blowing the boiled egg right out of its shell.
That seemed to work for a lot of the people commenting, but no matter how hard I tried, (I was desperate, okay?) I never once got this method to succeed. Either my lungs aren’t up to the task, or our chickens just lay eggs with super-tough shells that aren’t letting go of that egg no matter what, so even this “fail-proof” method was a flop for me.
Not to mention the fact it’s not the most sanitary method if you’re making up a batch of deviled eggs for your church potluck… *nasty*
I sorta gave up on my quest for the perfect cooking method until I recently ran across a tip that said to try steaming your eggs for easy peeling, and that this worked especially well for super-fresh eggs, those notoriously difficult little buggers.
Good news! It worked! I have been doing this regularly now, (with the 326 eggs I have in my fridge right now from our over-achieving Rhode Island Red hens,) and it continues to work every time!
I still end up with an egg or two out of the batch that cracks during the cooking process most times, but unless you’re planning on dyeing them, this isn’t really a problem, especially since they’re not submerged in water.
How to Steam a Hard-Boiled Egg
- fill a large pot or saucepan with about 2 inches of water, just enough to touch the bottom of your steamer basket
- lay 6-10 eggs gently into the steamer basket (or use how ever many will fit!)
- turn the heat on to high, and once the water is at a boil, place a lid over the pot and set a timer for 8-10 minutes, depending on how hard you like your eggs cooked
- pull them out immediately and place in a bowl of ice water for at least 5 minutes
- peel and use for decorating eggs, deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, chef’s salad…anything you love to use a beautifully peeled boiled egg for!
Do you have a fail-proof boiling and peeling method for eggs? I’d love to hear about it!