Perfect hard boiled eggs that peel easily every time!

You know how it is. 

You want to make deviled eggs.  You have some perfect, fresh eggs from your chickens. But will they peel without ripping the white into chunks?

No way!

Well I'm here to tell you there is a way.  I only discovered it recently and now I'm going to share it with you.  And I promise - you'll have perfect hard boiled, easily peel-able, eggs - every single time!

Perfectly formed hard boiled eggs

How to get perfect hard boiled eggs : stage 1.

Forget boiling.

I know it sounds extreme for hard boiled ... but honestly - just forget it.

Steam instead.

You can either use a steamer or you can do what I do (although I may buy a steamer having discovered this) and use a very large pan or pot. Put your eggs into an unbreakable bowl inside it.

Fill the pan - not the bowl - with a couple of inches of water, bring to the boil, put the lid on and leave it simmering away for 15 minutes. If you're using a proper steamer they will only need about 12 minutes.

Steaming fresh eggsThe eggs are in a dry bowl set inside a pan of boiled and simmering water.

Incidentally, if you store eggs in a refrigerator (which you really do not need to do, by the way) you can use them direct from the fridge - no need to bring to room temperature.

How to get perfect hard boiled eggs : stage 2.

A couple of minutes before they're due to finish, put as many ice cubes as you have into a large bowl.  When your eggs are done, take them from the bowl or steamer and plunge them straight away into the bowl.

If the ice doesn't cover them, use your hands to turn them so that every one comes into contact with the ice.

Leave them in there for ten to fifteen minutes. 

Eggs left in ice for 12 to 15 minutes.Please note : This will not work as well with cold water from the tap. Ice is the key.

How to get perfect hard boiled eggs : stage 3 - peeling.

If you're using a recipe which relies on the whites looking nice, you'll discover that this steaming followed by rapid cooling method makes even the very freshest incredibly easy to peel. 

Usually, if I boil an egg and peel without ice, large chunks of the white come away with the shell.  That may be fine for some recipes but if you're wanting them for, say, a salad recipe, it can spoil the look a little.

Using the steam and ice method, though, the shell comes away easily and without bringing any of the white with it.  It leaves a perfect, smooth white every time.

I was so impressed with this method that I put a short video on my Facebook page.  This is it, to show you how simple it is to peel shells cooked in this way.

I am sorry I didn't put an early morning post up. I've been busy - we are about to go out to a friend's and this morning I've been making some deviled eggs to take (I have not long ago discovered deviled eggs and I am now obsessed with them!).Anyway, what I wanted to show you was a new way I have discovered of hard boiling eggs which makes them an absolute breeze to peel. (You probably already know about it but I am a little behind the times when it comes to cooking).So you STEAM the eggs for 12 - 15 minutes (I go for 15 to make sure they're properly cooked) and then plunge them into a bowl of ice to cool. When you peel them the shell just comes away in your hand - even eggs that were laid yesterday.I was so impressed I made a little video of it! In fact I made three just in case it was a fluke (it wasn't, by the way), but I will just show you the one as it can get a little boring watching me peel three eggs. :)

Posted by Raising Happy Chickens on Saturday, 4 April 2015

I guarantee ...

Once you've tried the steaming method you will never go back to using the boiling method again.  The shells don't crack during cooking, the texture is more moist, the taste is more flavoursome, and you don't get the nasty black ring in the yolk (which I know is harmless but it can look unpleasant in a salad, for example).

Try it for yourself and see!

If you're looking for more eggy pages, you'll love these.

How to store eggs - the real story!
Ten amazing deviled egg recipes - click here.
Scotch eggs recipe link.
Eggs : all the facts you'll ever need to know.

Did this hard boiled egg steaming method work perfectly for you?

Tell me all - I'd love to hear from you!

If you've found this page helpful, I'd really appreciate your sharing it by clicking one (or more!) of these little buttons - thank you!

Some links on this page are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase a product through them I receive a small commission. There is no extra cost to you.  This helps me keep the information on the website free of charge.  It also helps support my family and my chickens!  Because my integrity and your satisfaction are very important to me, I only recommend products I have purchased or would purchase myself and which I believe would benefit you. To learn more please see my affiliates disclosure document.

If you found this helpful, please take a few seconds to share it - thank you!

Link to Raising Happy Chickens home page.