Like most everyone else that has fresh eggs, I struggle with peeling after hard boiling them. I have tried all the traditional and unique approaches. Add baking soda to the water, or some say baking powder—boiling and ice bathing. How about a genuine egg cooker? Have one of those too, not impressed! I’ve attempted steaming them in the oven, and I’m sure additional methods that I’ve forgotten. Though it always ends the same with eggs that are a pain to peel and end up looking dreadful. While if being made into egg-salad, it’s not a big deal, but if making deviled eggs, it ruins the presentation.
This week I got a new gadget for making yogurt and pasteurizing goat milk here on the farm. My husband purchased an Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 10-in-one 8 quart pressure cooker. What I didn’t anticipate as I was looking through the different settings was an egg setting. So I read up on how to hard boil eggs in it and gave it a try. It was so easy, and a total additional bonus to owning the Instant Pot!
I started with adding one and a half cups of water into the stainless pot. In a steamer basket that we purchased separately, a dozen day-old eggs were added. The lid was installed and sealed, and I opened the pressure cooker settings. It was so simple from there to select the egg setting and to set the time for seven minutes. Now, hit the start button and walk away. It takes about 15 minutes total for the pressuring and cooking to conclude.
The eggs were super easy to peel! I have never had day-old eggs peel so easy. The shells came off in large easy to remove pieces—no chips, rips, or tears. I did have one egg burst during cooking, but to be honest, that’s just as likely to happen on the stovetop. The eggs did take on a slight yellowish color; however, I didn’t clean them before, so that might have caused it.
Carrie Miller has a do-it yourself website/blog that is full of fun chicken projects. Her family is raising all-natural chickens with no antibiotics, no medications and no pesticides in Kinsman, Ohio. You can find her at Miller Micro Farm or follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
My Instant Pot directs you to make a pin hole in the egg shell. This should help prevent the egg from exploding.