My husband and I go through a lot of eggs. I eat an egg muffin sandwich each morning, and my husband enjoys omelets on the weekends. During the week, he is usually trying to run out the door and get to work as quickly as he can, so breakfast sometimes goes by the wayside for him. But, if I keep our refrigerator stocked with already cooked eggs, it is easier for him to grab a couple eggs and eat them on his way to work.
We always refer to these eggs as “hard boiled,” although that is technically not the case. Actually hard boiling eggs is tricky. Mine have a tendency to be difficult to peel. I don’t know about you, but I like my hard boiled eggs to have a smooth texture on the outside, not look like a gerbil gnawed on it and then gave it to you as a gift! When the shells would not peel easily, part of the egg white would come off with the shell, leaving gashes and tears in the egg.
There has to be a simpler way, right? Well, thankfully, there is! I no longer boil eggs. I steam them!
I do not remember the original source of this idea. A coworker of my husband shared this idea with us, I think I read about it on Pinterest, and I am fairly certain my mom had a hand in trying this as well, but I am not certain what or who the original source was.
Steaming eggs is quite simple. All you need are some eggs, water, and a steamer pot. If you do not have one, you can put a stainless steel strainer on top of a regular pot, slap a lid on it, and call it good!
I received a large steamer pot as a gift at either a bridal shower or our wedding. It has come in handy! Fill the bottom of the pot with water. It does not have to be much, just enough so that it won’t all evaporate while it is boiling. I usually put two or three inches on the bottom, and that is plenty.
Put the steamer basket into the pot, but the lid on, and bring it to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, place your eggs in the steamer basket. I use my hands, but just be careful that the steam does not burn you! If you do not want to take this risk, tongs or a spoon are both great options. You can put as many eggs in as you like, as long as they are on one single layer and none are stacked on top of each other. I usually steam one dozen at a time.
Place the lid back on the pot and set the timer. For eight eggs, I steamed them for 15 minutes. For twelve eggs, I set my timer for 17 minutes.
When the timer is down to three or four minutes remaining, I start preparing the ice bath for the eggs. I take a bowl (I use glass or stainless, this time I just happened to grab a glass bowl) and put a tray of ice cubes in the bowl. I then fill the bowl about halfway (depending on the size of the bowl) with cold water. Be careful not to add too much water because it may overflow when you add the eggs!
As you can see in the picture, some of my eggs exploded. This happens to me sometimes, and I do not fully know the cause. My guess is that is has something to do with the temperature change of cold eggs going into hot steam. It is a shame, but I just put the blown up eggs in our compost bucket. I do not trust to eat them.
Once the timer goes off, remove the eggs from the steamer basket. Definitely use tongs this time! I do not recommend using your bare hands to grab steaming hot eggs! Take the eggs directly from the steamer and place them in the ice bath. This shocks the eggs and stops the cooking process so they do not get rubbery. I have also heard that doing this makes the egg white shrink away from the shell, making it easier to peel. Fact or fiction? I do not know, but it sounds good, right??
Once all of the eggs are in the water, give them a little stir and then allow them to cool.
After the eggs are pretty much cool to the touch, take them out of the water, dry them off with a towel, and store them in the refrigerator however you choose. I always leave the peels on them until I am ready to eat them. I also place them back in an egg carton, but I clearly write “Hard Boiled” on the top so they do not get confused with the regular eggs. You can also place them in a bowl and put that in the fridge. Whatever is most convenient for you and fits in your refrigerator the best is great!
Feel free to give this method a try and let me know how it goes! Do you have your own easy-peel method of cooking hard boiled eggs? I would love to hear about it!