When you have fresh, farm eggs, the one challenge to those eggs is the impossibility of peeling hard cooked eggs. Well, here’s the secret to the perfect, peelable egg.
We first started keeping chickens over a decade ago. And while we loved having fresh eggs from our own chickens, there was one challenge that we never quite seemed to find an answer to. That was, “How the heck do we peel these eggs!?”
We tried every trick out there, from shocking the hot eggs in ice water, to vinegar in the sauce pan and everything else. All of those “we swear by this” tricks failed us. Every single one.
Now I had heard of using the Instant Pot (or other electric pressure cooker) for making the hard cooked eggs, and I found just how to do it on Old Alabama Gardener’s YouTube channel.
The thing about hard boiled eggs, is that they aren’t actually boiled, not even when you make them the traditional way in a pot of water. In this instance, we actually steam the eggs. Either way you make them, they are hard cooked – perfect for deviled eggs, or any other recipe that uses hard cooked (hard “boiled”) eggs.
To Make Them:
- Place your cooking rack inside the Instant Pot (or other brand of electric pressure cooker.)
- Pour 1 cup of water into the pot. The water should be just below the rack.
- Place your eggs on the cooking rack, as many as you like, in a single layer.
- Close your pressure cooker and make sure the vent is closed as well.
- Set the controls to cook on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes.
- Once the pressure cooker has completed the cycle, allow the pressure to come down naturally until you can open the pressure cooker lid. This normally takes mine about 10 minutes or so.
- Place the eggs in a bowl of cold (iced) water.
- Peel the eggs and enjoy!
The first time I made them this way, I was amazed at how easily they came out of the shell. It was truly a eureka! kind of moment.
I’m glad to be able to share this technique with you, especially if you have also struggled with getting the shells off of those wonderful, fresh eggs. No more taking half of the egg off with the shell as you try to peel it off piece by little piece.