It doesn't get much easier than hard-boiling an egg, right? But, if that egg was recently laid at a place where chickens roam happily (that pretty much encompasses "farm fresh," huh? ;) they tend not to hard-boil very well. The finished product is usually a shell that is difficult to remove and white that comes off with chunks stuck to the shell. While they taste just fine, they would not make a picturesque display of deviled eggs for the church potluck.
But, good 'ole Pinterest has come through again and provided me an easy way to boil our Brood Farm eggs in a way that leaves them easy to peel.
*I did encounter multiple suggestions as to how to boil farm fresh eggs, but most involved measuring the water and using vinegar and salt. I opted for a no-measure approach that relies on no additional resources.
The secret to these hard-boiled eggs is that they aren't actually boiled at all -- they're steamed.
Put enough water in the bottom of the pot to allow for 20 minutes of boiling without it all boiling away. Put eggs in steamer basket and turn up the heat. Once you hear that water beginning to rumble, set the timer for 20 minutes.
When that timer dings, drop the eggs into some cool water and allow to sit long enough to be comfortable to handle.
Look at that flawless peel!
For those of you who take notice of such things: yes, there were 6 eggs in the steamer basket picture and only 5 in the fridge-ready container shown here. But, I had to be able to attest to their tastiness, right? ;)
As if you need another reason to try this method . . .
1. You can get away with using less water since all you need is enough to boil and you're not trying to cover the eggs.
2. I think this is actually faster than the traditional boiling method because you're not having to wait on as much water to boil.
Give it a try!