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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Steaming Hard Cooked Eggs

Friends, you know we've all been here....

You desperately want a plate of deviled eggs - but your farm eggs are so fresh that they are too hard to peel. The pain is real.

Well, suffer no more. Stop boiling those hard cooked eggs - steam them.

Yep. It sounds crazy - right? When my pal Bourbon Red told me to give it a try I immediately wrote it off as some sort of ridiculous idea. But then .... well... maybe I'd try it.

It totally works.

I couldn't believe it. Fresh eggs - as is fresh that day - peeled like a dream. I wasn't left with a big nasty, jagged, ripped apart egg... it was smooth and perfect and perfectly cooked.

Even Alton Brown agrees..... this is a great video that explains it all (just about 3 mins). I'm absolutely sold on steaming hard cooked eggs.

And now if you excuse me... I'm going to go and steam up another batch of eggs so we can have deviled eggs all day long.

Note: if you can't see the video  - he says to steam the eggs for 15  - 20 minutes. I used 15 minutes and they turned out perfect. I put them in an ice water bath after steaming for about 5 minutes and peeled them so easily I couldn't believe it. I've tried doing this with eggs after boiling and it never worked for me.

Happy Sunday everyone! This is a revolution!


David said...

Awesome! I normally boil rest then shock, but will definitely give this method a try.

Vintage Maison said...

Arggh! The video is not available in France! Please put me out of my misery - how long do I steam say 10 eggs for? Many thanks x

Razzberry Corner said...

Very cool idea! I found that cold wash after hard boiling is just what I need to peel my farm fresh eggs. I'll have to try the steaming thing, though! Thanks for sharing!


Ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks Dave! I couldnt believe it worked so well.

Vintage Maison - I also left a note on your site. But the answer is 15 minutes! So easy!

Thanks RC, I've never had luck with the cold water after boiling. Was so happy this worked!

Anton said...

Eggcellent! I'll try it today!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

We are going to try that especially this fall when our chicks start laying, we hope.

jhausmann100 said...

I have never heard of this, gotta give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Lynda said...

I've been steaming eggs forever...works wonderful!!! Great post.

Mollie | Jennings Brae Bank Farm said...

Ok, if you say it works, I'll try it! 'Tis the season for TONS of fresh eggs :)

Unknown said...

Wow, I'll try that!!!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Anton, try it with today's eggs and prepare to be amazed!

SBF - you can't imagine how easy it it.

JH - I dont know why we've never done this before. For heavens sakes.

Lynda - why didnt you tell the rest of us! hee hee hee

Mollie - seriously. you need to give this a go.

LHinB - let me know how it works. i cant believe we havent done this before.

Sarah said...

I am so excited to try this! My chickens have ramped up production and we love deviled eggs but I can never get a good hard cooked egg that is easy to peel. Thank you!!!!!

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