I absolutely love getting our family’s egg supply from nearby friends that have a flock of backyard chickens. You simply can’t beat the freshness and nutrition of eggs that come from well-cared for chickens that get plenty of sun, fresh air, grass, bugs, and healthy feed! Those perky, bright orange-yellow yolks are indicators of healthy animals and superior eggs.
Farm-fresh eggs used to present one small problem, though. Hardboiling them never turned out well! Because they are so fresh (as opposed to store eggs that are anywhere from 2-4 weeks old when purchased), the shells will stick tight to the whites after they are hardboiled. If you have tried peeling hardboiled fresh eggs, you know how frustrating it can be to try to peel them, and the results are far from pretty, not to mention the fact that much of the white is wasted!
However, I just learned a new trick that gives you a hardboiled egg that is also easy to peel, and it is just as simple to do as the typical hardboiling process. Ready to be amazed?
I used to try to plan ahead for hardboiled eggs and leave a dozen out on the counter top for about five days. That worked decently so long as I remembered far enough in advance that I wanted to make hardboiled eggs. Not too long ago, though, I forgot to set some out, and I needed to hardboil fresh eggs and still be able to peel them.
And so to Google I turned. I found one method where a small hole is poked in the shell with a pushpin before the eggs are hardboiled. It looked like it gave good results, but I didn’t want to take the time to carefully poke a hole into an uncooked egg’s shell. I kept looking. Then I found a few places that recommended using steam instead of boiling water to cook the eggs, and I was intrigued.
I tried it. It worked. Beautifully. Easily. Success!
Actually, the first time I tried it, I followed these instructions for steamed eggs and found them overcooked. They peeled easily, but the yolks were gray around the outside and quite dry. I tweaked the cooking time and now have a simple technique to hard”boil” fresh eggs!
Easy Peel Hard”boiled” Fresh Eggs
- Fill a large pot or sauce pan halfway with water. For a batch of six eggs, I used a medium saucepan. For a larger batch of 18-2 dozen eggs, I used a large pot.
- Place a colander or steamer insert into the pot or pan. Water shouldn’t come up into the colander or steamer insert. If it does, pour some out. Place eggs in steamer or colander.
- Turn heat on high and cover colander or steamer with a lid.
- Bring the water to a boil. Set a timer for 20 minutes once the water boils, and continue boiling it over high or medium-high heat.
- After the 20 minutes, place the eggs into an ice water bath to cool. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, start peeling and be amazed!
Perfection! It couldn’t be much easier, could it?