Perfect, easy to peel hard-boiled eggs- I have been searching for them ever since we discovered the joys of having our own chickens and the beauty of fresh eggs… I found a few ways to make it easier, but none were truly perfect and easy to peel… Until I started using my pressure cooker!
I had no idea you could soft-boil or hard-boil eggs in a pressure cooker, actually I had no idea how many different things you could do in the pressure cooker, but that is a different post.
This (Fagor Splendid 10-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner) is the pressure cooker I am using, a large stainless steel pressure cooker/canner, it only has one setting (a 15 lb setting) which works fine for these eggs (and everything else I’ve wanted to do so far).
I put in the steamer rack and fill with water to just under the rack (you are steaming them not boiling them).
Then I lay a towel down in the cooker on top of the rack. The towel is to cushion the eggs so they won’t crack and so I can stack many more eggs in the cooker at one time.
I lay down a layer of eggs, cover them with a fold of the towel and add more eggs. Continue going until you are out of eggs, towel or room.
Put the cooker on high, watch it carefully, when it starts to steam through the vent bring it up to pressure (add your weight or turn on your switch), when it reaches pressure (each cooker has an indicator, usually a button or a gauge) time the eggs. You want 8 minutes for hard-boiled eggs and about 3 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. You’ll get a better idea of the exact timing as you work with your cooker and the number of eggs you are cooking.
When the time is up, remove the cooker from the heat and let the pressure drop naturally. Using the indicator on your cooker, when the pressure has dropped open up the cooker and enjoy! Be careful of steam (always open the lid away from you) and the eggs are very hot to handle so I recommend running them under cold water.
I have peeled them straight out of the cooker and also after they have sat in a carton in the fridge for a few days, it is a beautiful thing and hard-boiled eggs are making a come back in our house!
What’s your favorite way of using hard-boiled eggs?
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, my post on hard-boiled fresh eggs has been updated here with some new info and new attempts.
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