It’s so frustrating!
You’re looking forward to making egg salad and you’ve boiled up a pot of eggs.
Thinking you’ll whip it up quickly.
Because, hello? Egg salad IS really easy and quick!
That is, unless your eggs don’t peel easily.
Then it turns into a half hour or more of pure frustration.
You end up with more egg white on the bits of peel instead of on smooth hard-boiled eggs.
It feels like a huge waste of time and egg. 🙁
This is Angel’s issue as well.
“How do I make easy to peel hard boiled eggs?” she asks. I’m sharing my thoughts below in today’s #AskWardee.
Angel wants to know:
“Please give me some suggestions for how to hard boil fresh(er) eggs so that the shell will come off easily. When I used to purchase store-bought eggs, I would steam them and shell practically slipped off. Unfortunately, this method does NOT work with fresh eggs. I love making egg salad (especially since I’ve learned to make fermented mayo), but it definitely frustrates my efforts when a good bit of the egg ends up stuck to the shell. Thank you in advance, Angel”
My Answer: How to Make Easy To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
I’ll show you the easiest, best way to hard boil eggs that peel great every time. First, though, let’s talk about why fresh eggs that are hard boiled are so notoriously hard to peel.
Why Are Fresh Eggs Hard To Peel?
In fresh eggs, the albumen (white) sticks to the inner shell membrane. As the egg ages, the albumen sticks less and the egg white also shrinks slightly. This change makes eggs easier to peel.
What To Do?
You have 3 basic options (plus more, I’m sure).
Well, you can let the eggs age and they’ll peel better naturally.
You can try various methods on the internet that involve vinegar or baking soda. These don’t always work, in my experience.
Or, you can pressure cook your eggs. Yes! Pressure cooking works. Easy to peel eggs every time, no matter their age. See method below for doing it simply and easily in your Instant Pot.
How to Pressure Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs So They’re Easy To Peel
The method is simple. I make a pot of pressure cooked hard-boiled eggs at least once a week in my Instant Pot. Hard boiled eggs (especially easy to peel ones) make great quick lunches and snacks!
1. Put a cup or 2 of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot pressure cooker, along with the trivet or a steamer basket.
2. Stack fresh, raw eggs on the trivet or in a steamer basket. I use a steamer basket like this so I can do up to 18 eggs at a time!
3. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and check that all the parts and seal are in good condition and the sealing valve is in the sealing position.
4. Set to High pressure for 5 minutes. (Use the Manual function.)
5. When it beeps that it’s done, leave it alone on the keep warm cycle for another 5 minutes. Keep watch on the timer it will count the 5 minutes for you.
6. Release pressure quickly by switching the sealing valve to the venting position.
7. Remove the eggs and immediately plunge them in cold or ice water to cool down fast.
8. Peel and eat. See how easy they are to peel? Or refrigerate for later.
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