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post #31 of 39

There was another thread on here recently about peeling fresh hard cooked eggs, and the consensus was that steaming was the way to go. Several people tried it after it was suggested and for the most part they were all pleased with the results, even on very fresh eggs.  

 

After 50+ years in the kitchen I know my way around, but suddenly having my own fresh eggs from the backyard threw a heck of a monkey wrench into my "skills".  I used to work in a restaurant and the owner made the best egg salad sandwiches in the history of egg salad sandwiches.  She ran them as a lunch special once a week and we literally had people waiting outside to get in for those mushed up eggs slathered between two slices of bread.  We baked the eggs. Yep, put 'em in a 24 cup muffin tin and baked them for 20 minutes at 325.  BUT (and here's the caveat) we got the eggs from a wholesaler, which means they weren't one or two days fresh, just like grocery store eggs aren't as fresh as backyard fresh.  She baked them because the oven was usually already going and she wasn't adding a ton of steam to an already too-warm kitchen, plus it was really pretty fast - pop 'em in the tin, pop 'em in the oven, pop 'em into the ice water, and make us peel 'em!  

 

Me? Since I started getting eggs from my girls I've tried it all.  Salt; vinegar; baking soda; starting with the water boiling then adding the eggs; putting the eggs in then bringing the water to a boil; bringing eggs and water to a boil then turning off the heat and letting them sit for 10 minutes in the water before proceeding; cracking the shells before boiling; poking little holes in the shells before boiling; ice water bath; cold water bath; letting them come down to room temperature; peeling under running cold water; refrigerating overnight - you name a method, I've tried it.  I may get one or two out of a batch that peel easily, but the others are a total disaster to peel.  I haven't yet tried the steaming, but that's next.

 

Well, I figured I have a finite number of days on this planet and worrying about a few ugly hard boiled eggs isn't high on my list of priorities.  So I had a little fun with the entire process and created the following recipe/instruction page.  I grinned while I was doing it and taking the photos, and I grinned while I took the photos, and I grinned when I posted it. I also grinned while I ate them!  I hope if you go take a look you'll grin a little too!  

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/blooies-rockin-deviled-eggs

 

If I ever have to present a purty plate of deviled eggs, I'm not above going to the store and buying what I need to make them acceptable.

post #32 of 39
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Hahahahahahahaha! You had me laughing! Ima try some of this, see what works ... but first, I must get some fresh eggs ... may take a few months.

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post #33 of 39
I refuse to buy eggs from a store for any reason, the very thought of that makes me cringe. I am going to try a batch this weekend to make some pickled eggs
post #34 of 39
I just bought a cheap automatic egg cooker for just this reason. Day it came in the mail I was testing it out. Was very surprised to find that eggs laid that day peeled so easy. And I'm trying to figure out why I never bought one of these lil gadgets sooner lol. Periodically I'll get one egg that just doesn't peel quite as well, but nothing like before where the shell was keeping large chunks and my eggs were good for nothing but egg salad. And yes it works off of steam. It comes with a small measuring cup that has a pin on the bottom. Use the pin to pop a bitty hole it large end of egg, then fill cup to designated line (hard, medium, soft) once the water cooks off the cooker turns off. Then I run the eggs under cool tap water. It's supposed to do great lil omlets and poached eggs but I have tried those attachments out yet. I'd say it's worth the $15 they are selling for on Amazon. And since the timer works great I haven't yet gotten a green ring on the yolks from being over cooked smile.png
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post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by littlekatzz View Post

Use the pin to pop a bitty hole it large end of egg, then fill cup to designated line (hard, medium, soft) once the water cooks off the cooker turns off.

 

It sounds like it would be a function on a rice cooker. The rice cookers work this way normally, they use up the water and then switch off, and there are now rice cookers that perform hundreds of additional functions. I expect that they can be used to cook eggs in this way. I wouldn't be surprised to see youtube or dailymotion videos doing pretty much just this.

post #36 of 39
Actually I've know a few ppl who have used their rice cookers this way to steam eggs smile.png
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post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by blucoondawg View Post

I refuse to buy eggs from a store for any reason, the very thought of that makes me cringe. I am going to try a batch this weekend to make some pickled eggs


This is how I am about buying fish. Unheard of!

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post #38 of 39

Well I'll be dipped in.....

The steaming method works like a charm!!!!!

 

Just tried it with some really fresh eggs. They peeled perfectly.


Edited by BBQJOE - 3/5/16 at 8:34am

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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post #39 of 39
Darn it, I still haven't tried, the wife went ahead and boiled all the ones I was gathering up to steam, have to do it next time
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