What would you say if I said you could cook a pan full of eggs in their shell until they are hard-cooked and then perfectly peel all of them with one hand? I certainly wouldn’t have believed it, until I did it myself!
A couple of years ago, I was reading through some recent blog comments, and I came across a comment from Pia who said that she recently tried steaming eggs instead of boiling them, and that it worked perfectly! Steaming eggs? What? I’d literally never heard of such a thing. Which of course made me HAVE to try it immediately!
My timing wasn’t exactly the greatest however because I’d forgotten that I had an important phone call I had to take right in the middle of this process. Unfortunately, it wasn’t one of those phone calls where you can say, “I’m sorry, but I’m steaming some eggs right now… can I call you back?”
Anyway, I was in the middle of this business call and the timer for the eggs goes off! Ugh! What now? I was worried that if I just let them sit that I would ruin them. So I started attempting to peel the eggs with one hand while I continued with my phone conversation. And guess what? I peeled every single one of those eggs perfectly! With one hand! True story.
Why Steamed Eggs Are Easier to Peel
Later on, I came across an explanation that satisfied my curiosity about why this process works so well. Egg shells are permeable, so water molecules in the steam can penetrate the shell and cook the egg inside. The steam also causes the whites to pull away from the membrane, which makes the egg easier to peel. Cool, right?
How To Make Easy-To-Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs
- Raw eggs
- Steamer basket
Place steamer basket in bottom of your usual egg-boiling pot.
Add water until it begins to barely come up through the bottom of the steamer. (You want enough water in the pan so that you can boil for 15 to 20 minutes.)
Add eggs to basket and cover the pan with a lid.
Bring water to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the pot and run them under cold water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. You could also transfer them to a bowl of water and ice.
When they are cooled, peel the eggs (with one hand or two) and enjoy! Or store in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.