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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Deviled Eggs

The chickens are firing on all cylinders lately so we have a lot of eggs.... like.... a LOT... many many eggs. So we've been making deviled eggs.

Deviled eggs. Old school. No fancy stuff. There is no way I'm piping in the filling. I use a fork.

For a while there we fell into the trap of only making them on certain holidays but that is crazy - deviled eggs are great any time. And they are a terrific breakfast food.

The thing that revolutionized our deviled egg consumption was learning how to steam hard cooked eggs. Completely life changing. One of the problems with fresh hard boiled eggs is that they are hard to peel... the struggle is real for us chicken owners. Before I learned how to steam hard cooked eggs I'd have to put some eggs aside for several days so they would be easier to peel. Nope. No longer!

Five minutes in ice water. No more. No less. Perfect. At the most these eggs were 2 days old.

I'm not sure what the steaming does - but it works....however the trick is to make sure that you chill the eggs in ice water for 5 minutes. For whatever reason - no more or no less. Five minutes. Then peel them.

We make old school deviled eggs without any of that fancy stuff. Helman's, yellow mustard, a splash of pickle juice, and salt n pepper.... dusted with paprika. Sometimes I'll sprinkle a little curry powder on a few.

The beet eggs are just lovely.

However, now that I've discovered beet deviled eggs... we've veered off course a little. Have you had these? Just beet up some eggs - they only have to soak in the pickled beet juice for a couple hours to turn color - and then make good old fashioned deviled eggs. Some of my beet eggs had been pickled for several days - and this makes the yolks a beautiful pink-orange color. They were spectacular.

Today I'll be steaming up another round of hard cooked eggs....and then we'll have deviled eggs for every meal!

Little Mo photobombing the pix. Thanks Mo-Zee.

Happy Saturday everyone! What are you waiting for? Go and steam some eggs - it will change your life.


Heavens Door Acres said...

Oh boy, do we have eggs!! I added 5 new layers this year, thinking the "older" hens were going to slow down. Guess what? They haven't....yet. We are getting 7 or 8 eggs a day. Only 2 of us here...so yep, we have eggs...boiled, deviled, egg salad, fried, poached..we have eggs everywhere! Yummmy...fresh eggs. I use the bantam eggs to pickle in the beets for supper. Bite size pickled goodness!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Us too, HDA! Soooo many eggs.....

Anonymous said...

YUM!! Love me some deviled eggs. I add garlic powder and cayenne to mine. I also don't pipe. Are ya kidding me??!! Ain't no Martha Stewart here.

Vintage Maison said...

I've only had 3 eggs from 4 chickens in a fortnight! They are eating them. I have given them a reprieve by coating a hard boiled egg with English mustard and leaving in the nest box. Otherwise, we'll be eating chicken at the weekend...Had some quail eggs with dips at lunch time at a friends house today. Very nice.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

You said it, Cat! yay! I'll have to try the garlic and cayanne

VM, eat eaters are the worst! Sorry.... I've heard about the mustard trick. You'll have to let me know how it goes.

Amanda said...

UMMM. I clicked on your post about steaming eggs. Tried it. LOVE it. The shells slip off like a dream!

I've always had battered eggs that look like they just fought and lost a horrible battle against an army of pineapples. I always just cursed the pineapple horde and ate the defeated egg soldiers. Well no more! Now I eat victorious egg soldiers. :)

But really, you've changed the way I cook eggs. My dad and I adore them, so thank you from both of us! Btw I used a rice cooker to steam them.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

isnt it amazing, Amanda? i'm serious - you will never go back to boiling. yay for the rice steamer - great idea!

Sarah said...

I also learned to steam eggs from you and I did up 18 last night. We are getting 11-14 eggs a day right now from the chickens and the ducks just started laying so I got 3 from 4 yesterday.

Steaming has also changed our lives, we hadn't had a hard boiled egg in years because I just gave up on them. Now we do it all the time.

I add sweet pickle relish to my deviled eggs. Awesome!

David said...

Breakfast food... hmmm When there are deviled eggs at holidays I'm normally good for about 6, Freaking LOVE Them. With a lardon of bacon? a full meal! ;)

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