I have always had trouble with peeling hard boiled eggs. Over the years I have tried many methods of boiling eggs. I followed all kinds of advice from friends and cookbooks. What ever I tried and how careful I was with following the directions, I still had a trouble with getting the shell off the eggs. Fresh eggs were always the worst, that the ones that set in the refrigerator for a week or so was much better.
This year I finally found a recipe for making hard boiled eggs that was easy to peel. I watched a retired southern man on a you tube channel that explained how to hard boil eggs by steaming them. He had a rickety old kitchen and the same worn out steam basket as me. He had always had the same problem with eggs that I had. He explained that steaming the eggs worked the best. He dropped that old steam basket into a pan with a tight fitting lid with just a small amount of water. I was amazed when he finished peeling those eggs.
Right away I dug around in the dark corners of my cupboards looking for that old steaming basket that I had not used in a very long time. I had broke the center handle and ring off it so I didn’t use it because it did not lift out of the pan anymore. I found it and cooked a couple of eggs. Place the pan with the eggs in the sink and ran cold water over them to cool. As soon as I could handle them I peeled one. It worked. A beautiful peeled egg with the yolk in the center.
You start with a pan that has a tight fitting lid so the steam will build up. You place the steam basket in the pan and fill the water up to the basket bottom. You can’t see it in the picture but this basket has little legs that holds it up about an inch. It is a good idea to set your eggs out so they become room temperature or you will have a egg that will crack while cooking.
The eggs are not going to set in the water. You don’t add the eggs yet. You put the lid on the pan and bring the water to a boil then carefully add the eggs because it is hot.
Put the lid on and set the timer for only 13 minutes. If you want a more creamy center then cook them for 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium or lower to maintain a gentle boil.
When the eggs are done cooking, remove from heat and take the lid off. Now take the pan with the eggs to the sink and run cold water over them. You can use some ice in the water to cool them. When cool, you can peel them by starting a pointy end. There is usually an air pocket at that end.
You can see how nice these eggs peeled.
If you have a hard time with peeling hard boiled eggs, give this a try. You don’t have to have a instapot to do this. Much easier to clean up this way.
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