The Easy Way to Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs

how to peel farm fresh eggs

We’ve all been there…

You get the hankering for a good, old-fashioned hard-boiled egg. And since you have your very own flock of chickens, you can hardly wait to boil up a batch.

You carefully select the eggs, place them in the pot, and simmer them to perfection.

Your mouth starts watering as you gently crushed the shell and peel the egg–with the salt shaker ready and waiting.

And then you get this:

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It’s enough to make you wanna say a bad word.

With their gorgeous, orange yolks and rich flavor, there aren’t many downfalls to farm-fresh eggs.  However, since the inner membrane clings tightly to the shell of a fresh egg, it’s near-impossible to have anything but ugly results when you try to hard-boil them.

There are lots of suggestions floating around to make the process easier, including:

  • Letting the eggs age first (I don’t know about you, but my 2-3 week old farm eggs are STILL hard to peel!)
  • Boiling them with vinegar (this didn’t work for me…)
  • Boiling them with salt (this didn’t work either)
  • Boiling them with baking soda (this sorta worked…. almost)
  • Using a pin to prick the shells before boiling (I REALLY wanted this to work, but alas, I think I’m too heavy-handed)

I had pretty much completely given up this whole concept, until I ran across the idea of steaming the eggs.

It sounded kinda crazy at first, but in my desperation, I decided to give it a try.

I started with these babies–fresh from the chickens that morning. An egg-peelers worst nightmare:

easy peel fresh hard boiled eggs

And I ended up with these. Yeah, I may have done a happy dance in the kitchen. Maybe…

how to peel fresh boiled eggs

How to Easily Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs

You will need:

  • Fresh eggs
  • A metal colander or steamer basket
  • A pot with lid
  • Water


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How to Make Comfrey Plantain Salve

how to make comfrey salve

Today I’m welcoming Leeann of One Ash Farm as she shares her special comfrey plantain salve recipe–this is a homestead must-have!

As we enter the summer months (yes, it will actually be summer soon!), the bug bites, scrapes, scratches and sore muscles will start up again.  This is a recipe for a very simple, highly effective, salve that covers all of those daily happenings.

Why Comfrey and Plantain?

Comfrey and plantain are two herbs that have been used for thousands of years for a variety of ailments.

Comfrey in Latin means “knitting together”.  Comfrey is the ideal healer for wounds, sores, bruises, sore joints and broken bones.  


As an external remedy, Comfrey contains allantion, which is a known anti-inflammatory, making this herb useful in speeding healing and encourages new skin and cell growth.  As a rub for sore joints and muscles, this anti-inflammatory property will aid in relieving the inflammation that causes the soreness.


Plantain is a well known herb that is commonly used to reduce the pain and inflammation of insect bites.  

It is also widely used to aid in reducing the itching of poison ivy rashes. Plantain is also known as an excellent healer of diaper rash.

Creating a salve using both of these wonderful, healing herbs, will give you an all purpose remedy to keep on hand for these coming summer months.  While I am not a medical expert, I think you will find that you and your family will grab your jar of Comfrey Plantain Salve for most anything, and will enjoy the benefits of natural healing!

How to Make Comfrey Plantain Salve 


1) Make an infusion with the olive oil and dried herbs.  [Continue Reading]

Braised Short Ribs with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Herbs from The Nourished Kitchen


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Someday when I grow up…

… I want to cook like Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen.

For reals.

I mean, yeah, I do consider myself a fairly decent cook, but there is something about the way that Jenny cooks, photographs, and talks about food that takes it to an entirely new level.

I’ve been a fan of Jenny’s blog for quite a while now, so when I heard she was working on a new cookbook, my mouth started watering in anticipation.


I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the not-yet-released Nourished Kitchen cookbook last week. Heck, I already feel like a better cook just from having this cookbook in my kitchen, and I’ve only made one recipe so far!

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle

It’s not very often that a cookbook could double as a coffee table display book, but this one definitely can. (I’d need to have an extra copy in order to keep in on my coffee table though… As it stands right now, my copy will be busy in my kitchen for a loooong time.)

Jenny has a poetic way of describing the time-honored, nutrient-dense foods that she highlights in her 320-page book. This cookbook is far more than a simple collection of recipes; it takes you on a historical journey through the staples of a traditional-foods diet. From crusty sourdough breads to savory, slow-cooked meats, to impeccably seasoned vegetables, The Nourished Kitchen is a wholesome journey into a better way of eating.

I especially love how the book is arranged. Instead of the recipes being categorized into main dishes, desserts, or sides, they are grouped according to where they are sourced–making this the ideal cookbook for the local food enthusiast:

  • chapter 1: from the garden
  • chapter 2: from the pasture
  • chapter 3: from the range
  • chapter 4: from the waters
  • chapter 5: from the fields
  • chapter 6: from the wild
  • chapter 7: from the orchard
  • chapter 8: from the larder

And You are Invited…

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Win a Family Physician Essential Oil Kit! ($166 value!)


I think I’ve mentioned this before…

… but I’m pretty sure I have the greatest essential oil team EVER. ;)

The stories coming out of my Empowered Health essential oil team boggle my mind. I absolutely love seeing people’s lives changed by essential oils–and it happens every single day.

There is nothing my team loves more than being able to share the amazing qualities of essential oils with someone new, so we decided to get together and host an extra-special giveaway!

Win a Family Physician Kit ($166 value)


The Family Physician Kit is one of the most popular doTERRA essential oil kits available. It’s a wonderful place to start if you are new to the idea of essential oils. It includes 5 mL bottles of:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Melaleuca
  • Oregano
  • Frankincense
  • Deep Blue® (soothing blend)
  • Breathe (respiratory support blend)
  • DigestZen (digestive support blend)
  • On Guard® (protective blend)

These are the oils that I (and my teammates) use most frequently–sometimes on a daily basis!

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