This post, Perfect Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs is for you if you have ever been frustrated because you couldn’t get the shells off of your hard boiled eggs!
I’m not sure what’s happened with chickens and their eggs? I’ve been cooking and peeling eggs for many years without any problems, that is, until lately. All of a sudden the shells started sticking like glue, and I almost gave up making hard-boiled eggs. I even resorted to buying already cooked and peeled eggs to save myself the aggravation.
Hard Boiled Egg Tricks:
I tried all of the tricks; old eggs, fresh eggs, baking powder in the water, vinegar in the water. You name it, I tried it. I’ve started the eggs in cold water, then tried hot water. I dropped them in ice water baths and tried peeling them under running water. I even tried sticking a pin in the eggshell before I cooked it which, as you can imagine, wasn’t easy! But I couldn’t find a quick and easy method to cook and peel eggs that worked reliably every time. That is until I tried steamed eggs.
My story today starts with a dozen eggs which, according to the carton, should have been about two weeks old when I bought them at the store. I also planned ahead and stored them in my refrigerator for a full week before cooking them because the last thing I wanted to do was to try and peel fresh eggs.
I planned to make deviled eggs for a luncheon, and I needed six perfect eggs to make a dozen deviled eggs. I added ten eggs to a saucepan full of cold water and cooked them for the requisite amount of time. I immediately placed them in an ice water bath and then trouble reared its ugly head. I started with ten thinking that I could at least get six perfect or almost perfect eggs. Despite my best efforts, I only ended up with two peeled eggs which were barely presentable. The others looked like they had been through a meat grinder. Ugh!
Yikes! I started to wonder if this was some sort of cruel joke, was I on Candid Camera? Then, I remembered reading about steamed eggs.
Does steaming eggs make them easier to peel?
With nothing to lose but my sanity, I steamed two eggs and, believe it or not, it worked. I was able to steam, then easily peel the rest of the cooked eggs and the best part, they looked perfect!
So buckle up and hang on to your egg baskets because I’m going to show you a new method of cooking eggs in which the shell literally falls off. Well, it doesn’t really fall off, but the eggs are easy to peel, and the shell does come off in several large pieces instead of hundreds of specks of shell! You can use this method whether you are cooking eggs for deviled eggs or poached eggs, and once you try steamed eggs I know you will become a believer. I know I am. You really can teach an old dog new tricks!
What to do with all of those hard boiled eggs?
Now that you know the trick for easy to peel hard boiled eggs, here are some great recipes to use them in: Southern Potato Salad, Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing, Classic Southern Seven Layer Salad, and Tasty Egg Salad Sliders. And, last but not least, my Halloween Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs!
Oh, remember the deviled eggs I told you about earlier? I’ll be posting that recipe soon!
How to make Perfect Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
Add about 1-2 inches of water to a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Place a wire strainer in the saucepan. Make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the strainer.
Carefully add the eggs. When the water starts to boil and generate steam, cover the saucepan. Let the eggs steam for 15 minutes for hard boiled eggs.
Remove the pan from the stove and immediately plunge the eggs in a bowl filled with water and ice. Let the eggs cool enough to handle, and then peel under cold running water.
Voila, the shell should come right off.
Sharon’s Expert Tips:
- Instead of a wire strainer, you could also use a small metal colander or a steamer basket.
- For soft-boiled eggs, steam the eggs for 4-5 minutes, for medium eggs, steam them for 6-7 minutes.
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