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Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

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Okay, so in this case "hard boiled" is a bit of a lie. These are "hard cooked" eggs. And why it's easy to peel them is because we're cooking them in a pressure cooker. If you think that's crazy . . . then you're crazy. 'Cuz this is a friggin' miracle for the hard cooked egg lover, the egg salad lover, the deviled egg lover, and that rare and mystic creature . . . the sauce gribiche lover.

Now don't start with that, "But pressure cookers scare me!" Stuff it! Pressure cookers are awesome. You can tell your fear to suck it.

Not only do pressure cookers save a tremendous amount of time (short ribs in 25 minutes?!?! AMAZING), but, if you're a hippie, they save a lot of energy by taking less cooking time and putting less heat out into your home/apartment/garret.

You might see this method out there on etherwebnet (it'll likely be an article about or post by Laura Pazzaglia, pressure cooking goddess, at Hippressurecooking; her Cracked! Soft, Medium, and Hard "Boiled" Eggs in the pressure cooker from whence this method has become popularized is well worth visiting for this and many, Many, MANY more recipes). Mrs. Pazz uses a pressure cooker with a low pressure setting option (6 - 8 psi). Mine doesn't have that setting, it's only high pressure (12 - 15 psi) as probably most of the less expensive pressure cookers sold out there. My 8 quart Presto (all stainless, not aluminum) was in the $50 or $60 dollar range.

If you want the multiple pressure option you'll probably be paying in the $100 ballpark. A 6 quart Fagor on Amazon is right at $100, the 10 quart version is near $150. There are aluminum ones out there, but I'd stick with stainless as aluminum can possibly react with acidic foods.

It's not really necessary, at least not for the hard cooked variety. Just adjust your cooking time for soft boiled, medium, and hard. Maybe half the time for soft and somewhere in the middle of that and hard boiled for medium.
 
 
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spylock1 year ago
Peeling an egg under running water has always been the easiest way I know,you dont lose any egg sticking to the shell.
Shadeburst1 year ago
If you're boiling eggs just for yourself you can use the blow method to peel them. Make small holes the size of your pinkie fingernail in the shell top and bottom. Hold the egg in one hand with the other hand below ready to catch the peeled egg. Blow hard into the top hole. Voila.

You can also do this for the whole family if you are a mother. Somehow a mother's germs are okay to share.
TN7772 years ago
No I won't- I don't drink. I'll relax with a pop though. =)
pazzaglia2 years ago
I would appreciate you citing the original source of this technique:

CRACKED! Soft, Medium and Hard "Boiled" eggs in the pressure cooker
http://www.hippressurecooking.com/2011/04/hip-modernist-soft-medium-and-hard.html

Thank you,

L
ktana pazzaglia2 years ago
My grandmother used to cook eggs this way when my mom was a kid, and when I was a kid, long before the interwebs claimed to "originate" it. Great instructable.
pazzaglia ktana2 years ago
Before the steaming method, there was a popular "boiling" pressure cooker method - that is well known and documented. As noted in my post, pressure steaming eggs at low pressure is something that is already done industrially.

My concern, was seeing the technique for home pressure cookers, an egg diagram and explanation described as I had originally written them without credit to the source of this information.

dlewisa, I don't want to stop you from sharing great uses for the pressure cooker, that is the whole purpose behind the hip pressure cooking website.

This is a great instructable - the way it is written and photographed are fantastic ! I hope that it will get more people to use their pressure cooker or think about getting one!

Ciao and keep-up the great pressure cooking!

L
dlewisa (author)  pazzaglia2 years ago
Updated intro once again, check it out. A little praise singing for failing to do so originally. Sorry I stepped on your toes by not attributing. I didn't try to pass myself off as a the innovator of this, just wanted to try it myself and share it with the instructable world. I'd read your article on Ruhlman's website a few months ago. I'm sure I probably followed the link to your site and then absorbed all the info. Sorry. You are properly attributed now and duly praised. I also bookmarked your site to see how I can further put my pressure cooker to use. Thanks!
dlewisa (author)  ktana2 years ago
No! The interwebs are never wrong!
dlewisa (author)  pazzaglia2 years ago
Included, linked, noted, and filed!
Thank you.
My friend told me,"if you want easy to peel hard cooked eggs, put baking powder in the water you cook the eggs in." Sounded like an experiment to me. It worked. Way cool...
rickharris2 years ago
Noe of this is necessary: Very Fresh eggs are a PIG to peel - the membrane sticks to the shell like nothing on earth.

Soooo to get easy peel hard boil ed eggs just use eggs that are 2 to 3 weeks old.

NOW most eggs you buy in the shops can be up to 42 days old and still called fresh - They have a much longer shelf life than that anyway -

For hard boiled eggs I buy shop eggs if I feel the urge even though I keep chickens.

As an alternative provided the eggs are reasonably old you can hard boil

Crack the top and bottom - peel of a little shell and holding the egg in you fist blow in at the pointed end - The egg will be squeezed out by air pressure into you other hand (hopefully)

Youtube videos of this are available.
dlewisa (author)  rickharris2 years ago
One of the advantages to this is that you can do this with fresh eggs. The air sac is there from the moment the egg cools after it is laid. The air sac expands as egg ages do to evaporation. I guess if for aesthetic reasons a more round hard cooked egg is desired then this pressure way is ideal because you can use fresh with smaller air sacs.

I've done the aged egg thing too and it was still a toss up whether the egg was easier to peel. All of the eggs are different. I've tried blowing the egg out too and couldn't get that to work . . . but I do have an air compressor . . . hmmm.

This was quite easy though. Everyone with a pressure cooker should at least give it a shot once.
I guess a boiled egg could go quite a few feet ;-)
dlewisa (author)  rickharris2 years ago
Maybe I could use those weights from the first picture to set up some crazed eggapult. Angry birds indeed.
wickedchild2 years ago
You could be my new hero. I love hard boiled eggs but hate the time it takes to make them and a specially to peel them. thx
ClareBS2 years ago
You don't need a pressure cooker. The trick is the steamer basket. Cook in a steamer basket in a regular pot for 18-20 minutes, same great result.
lemonie2 years ago
I saw the title and main picture, and I thought that you'd found a clever-way to peel eggs using the holes of those weights.
I'm not disappointed, but do you think they could be used in some way?

L
dlewisa (author)  lemonie2 years ago
Maybe crack the shell all the way around the egg and shove it through the hole in the middle. Otherwise I guess you could drop the weights on the eggs to make an egg mash for egg salad. Or just pump them while the eggs cook so you can be super buff.
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