Updated post here. I find the shock method works more consistently for all types of eggs.
Easy to peel hard-boiled eggs seem like a no-brainer. Just boil some eggs and peel, right? Well, it’s the peeling part that can be the big annoyance, especially if you’re trying to use fresh eggs or actually trying to keep your egg whole instead of gouged out from the peeling process. This seemingly simple task turned into a quest for the perfect easy to peel hard boiled egg. Our problem is that most of the methods for “Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs” are formulated for standard grocery store eggs that have been sitting around for awhile and are nearing their expiration date. Many of these methods specifically recommend using older eggs to make them peel easier. This hard boiled steamed method works great with fresh eggs, even farm fresh.
Steaming eggs might seem like a strange way to hard-boil eggs, but it truly is the way to go to peel them without fighting with the egg white on fresher brown organic cage free eggs. We have tried steaming standard white shelled cheap grocery store eggs and this method has not worked as well, so be aware this method is for organic cage free eggs. We usually use this method with such eggs from Costco or local farm fresh eggs and it’s worked great.
When we first read of this method we were very skeptical since my husband and I have struggled to get eggs to peel smoothly for years, trying different methods and we didn’t want to switch back to standard white eggs just to get the perfect peel. This method has finally proven itself to us and it’s the only way we hard-boil and peel our eggs now. We use a Steamer Pot to cook the eggs. Yes, it takes a bit longer than the traditional boiling egg method, but it’s worth it if you want to easily peel those fresh eggs! Also, make sure your steamer basket is large enough to fit the eggs in a single layer only, not stacking otherwise the stacked one will not peel well.
For years my husband and I wouldn’t attempt making deviled eggs simply because we dreaded the messy and disappointing peeling process. We tried every trick possible: egg timers, tricks using foil, different boiling methods, peeling cold/hot, even blowing air under the shell after cooking…you name it, we probably tried it. It was impossible for us to get good looking and easy to peel eggs. It was frustrating enough for us to quit even trying for a while until we heard of the steaming trick. Now we’re back to enjoying eggs and even making those tasty little deviled egg treats on occasion.
We’d love to hear how these peel for you using different types of eggs, so please share your comments with us. Happy Peeling!