I’ve long since mastered the simple Classic Hard Boiled Egg – by about 40 years! I have no problem getting a creamy yellow center and tender whites. For best results, I know to buy eggs ahead and to plunge the cooked eggs into ice water to stop the cooking. And still, I sometimes struggle with peeling. It was time to look at eggs again. Enter Easy Peel Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs.
But one thing would always rear its ugly head. Not all the time, but every now and then, and like all those kinds of issues – it would always seem to happen at the worst time!! Like the day I was due at a dinner party and expected to bring my Classic Deviled Eggs. Yep, I was late because the darned eggs wouldn’t peel! And of course, when I did get there I was embarrassed because they were so ugly.
About Easy Peel Steamed Eggs:
For a while, I was lured to the dark side by Alton Brown (normally I just love his recipes) and his Oven Baked Eggs. He proposed two methods, one in muffin cups (which left dark areas on the whites) and the other baking on a kitchen towel. The scorch marks on the first turned me off and the second scared me, especially with my bad memory! Besides, my kitchen towels are bad enough without adding scorch marks (not to mention possible fire) to the mix.
About then Easy Peel Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs came on my radar. I thought, “What the heck,” and tossed in some newer (about a week old) eggs in. I am so impressed I just gotta share it! Out of two dozen eggs, all peeled perfectly. A couple had a few small mars which are more about me rolling my eggs on the counter to crack up the shell before peeling them. The shells practically fell off; I didn’t even have to peel under running water. To say they are a game-changer is understating the facts! (Update, more recently I have been making my hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot – here’s how to get them perfect: A Dozen Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.
I gotta say the whites were just a bit harder (bonus for making Deviled Eggs) and the yolks a little less even in texture, and two eggs, which was probably my fault (I have a small steamer basket and did a dozen eggs) had a slight tinge around the yolk; I think they touched the edge of the pan. Just something to think about.
Making Easy Peel Steamed Eggs:
So I already touched on crowding all the eggs in a tiny steamer basket – best to keep them away from the edge of the pan. Still, they only had a slight touch of green. Other than that I don’t think you can go wrong with this recipe.
As far as doneness, most recipes will say to steam 12 to 13 minutes. I like mine a little moist, so I’m giving you a range of 11 to 13 minutes. On the photo at the top of the page, I tried 11 minutes (the bottom egg) and 12 minutes (the top egg). One great thing about these eggs is that as long as you use the same size egg, the cooking is always consistent as far as time, each and every time. There are no variables like you might get with a boiled egg because the steam always acts the same. In a boiled egg, you might use more or less water, it might take a bit longer to come to a boil and that can affect the timing slightly.
What I’ve yet to see in print is that whether boiling or steaming, the number of minutes is going to depend on altitude and of course, egg size. It’s always wise when trying a new method to do a test egg or two to find your ideal doneness.
Saving Money on Easy Peel Steamed Eggs:
Stock up on eggs when they’re inexpensive, and watch for rock bottom pricing during Holiday weeks, especially ones when brunch is often served. Sometimes they’re “free” with other purchases. Know the regular pricing in your area so you can know if it’s a great deal or not. Aldi has great pricing on a dozen, your Buyer’s club will, too, but you’ll need to buy a larger quantity.
The date on the container is a ‘buy’ date, and you can expect eggs to last a good six weeks past that date. Do get in the habit of picking up and eating more when they’re on special. We have so many holidays that I often pick up several packages when they’re on sale and it lasts me until the next holiday, but if you go through a lot of eggs, that strategy may not work for you.
Refrigerate right away and never store in the door; eggs keep best in a colder part of the refrigerator, in their own box. (Then put your partially used vegetables in the door where you’ll see them and remember they need to be used ASAP. Eggs keep several weeks past their “buy by” date.
If in doubt about an egg, place it in water. As the egg ages, the egg begins to dry out and as they shrink the space is filled with air: the newest ones will lay at the bottom of the container, slightly older will begin to stand up and the oldest will actually bob up to the top of the water. The chances of ever getting a “bad” egg are slim and a floating egg doesn’t reflect a safety issue, but I’ve found the ones that float are thick and not as nice. I don’t keep them. To learn more about eggs, see the American Egg Board, the folks known for their “Incredible Edible Eggs” Ads.
Why do you need to make Easy Peel Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs? They’re easy to peel. Check out this photo of an egg made using eggs that had been in my fridge for 2 1/2 weeks using the standard hard-boiled egg recipe (My Best Basic Hard-Boiled Egg Recipe) and plunged into ice water.
This has happened several times, the worst was when I was making deviled eggs about an hour before I was due to leave for a party where they were expected!
I’ll be bringing Easy Peel Steamed Eggs to Fiesta Friday #226, hosted this week by Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.