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:
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:
And I ended up with these. Yeah, I may have done a happy dance in the kitchen. Maybe…
How to Easily Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs
You will need:
- Fresh eggs
- A metal colander or steamer basket
- A pot with lid
So technically, we are steaming the eggs, not boiling them.… [Continue Reading]