Tuesday Tip: Easy-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

My family and I are big fans of hardboiled eggs – at 80 calories and 6 grams of protein, it’s a healthy choice and they taste great, too!  Since I boil a dozen eggs every week, I have been on a very long quest to find a consistent method for making them easy to peel. 

What a long journey it has been! I have tried starting with cold water, starting with hot water, pricking holes in them, adding vinegar or baking soda to the water, boiling them, soaking them, using fresh eggs, using not-so-fresh eggs … gracious, I have all but made them standing on my head while twirling a baton. And the results were consistently inconsistent! 

I was about ready to throw in the towel when I heard about something new – steaming them. Hmmm … would that really work? But I heard it from a very reputable test kitchen, so though I was tired of trying, I decided to give it one more go. I’m so glad I did! 

Steaming eggs is so easy, and I have made about 12 dozen this way now. I have used brown eggs, white eggs, organic eggs, '"stale" eggs and the ultra-fresh eggs my friend delivers to me straight from her farm. And they all work! It’s a miracle! 

This method does require one of those little foldable, metal steamer baskets – the kind you use for veggies – so if you don’t have one, I encourage you to get one. They are just a couple of bucks at any major discount store and well worth the investment.

Here's how you do it!

Place steamer basket in a saucepan; fill with water just to the bottom of the steamer basket. Cover; bring water to a full rolling boil. Place eggs in steamer basket over boiling water, cover and reduce heat to medium-high. Steam the eggs for 10 minutes. 

Two minutes before the eggs are done, fill a bowl with ice and water. Once the eggs are done, immediately plunge them into the ice water bath for 15 minutes. 

Eggs may be peeled immediately or stored in the fridge with the shells on until you are ready to use them.

Once you have your eggs boiled, here's an eggy-licious recipe for you to try:

Hummus-Stuffed Deviled Eggs

So give it a try! Perfectly peelable, delicious hard-boiled eggs. They are fun, they are healthful and there are so many recipes to try - check out our website for more.


Tips & Hints:

  • If you are not going to use your hard-boiled eggs right away, leave the peels on and put them back in the egg box. Mark an “X” on them with a pencil so to distinguish them from the uncooked eggs.
  • If you are going to dye your eggs for Easter, consider using gel food coloring instead of buying an Easter Egg Kit. The colors are so vibrant! The method is usually on the package.
  • People LOVE deviled eggs, and hardly anyone makes them anymore. So find a “signature” recipe and bring them to gatherings. Your peeps will love you!

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best I've found My biggest problem with making hard boiled eggs is peeling them. This method makes it super easy and keeps the eggs beautiful for deciled eggs! The only thing I change is that I steam mine for 12 minutes instead of 10.
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