Monday, April 14, 2014

Egg-cellent Idea

Did you know you can cook perfectly "hard-boiled" eggs in a vegetable steamer?  I'm talking one like my trusty Black and Decker here.  

Up until a couple days ago, it only ever saw the likes of brussels sprouts, asparagus, and that sort of thing.  But I thought I'd try cooking some eggs in it this weekend, and now I will probably never boil eggs on the stove again! 

The eggs don't actually boil, of course; they just hang out in the steamer basket and cook as if they had bumped around in a pan full of water.  But there's no pot watching involved and no worrying about them bonking into each other and cracking, or maybe that's just me.  Just set it and forget it (and pardon me for sounding all infomercial right there)!

When the the timer goes off, you take them out (use tongs because those suckers are hot) and put them in cold water to stop the cooking and cool them down.

Perfecto!  (Love the shell color too.  I forget what kind of chicken lays that lovely greenish-gray egg.  My egg lady gets a variety pack of chicks, and I love seeing the different eggs as they start laying.)

These went 25 minutes, but they probably don't need quite that long.  Next time I'll try 23 minutes and see how we do.

Deviled eggs, anyone?

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Karen said...

That is so cool! I love hard boiled eggs, particularly egg sandwiches. I have an egg cooker to make mine and it works like your steamer!

Sarah Craig said...

I discovered baking them in the oven in muffin tins this year, but this is something I could do while making a batch of rice! Brilliant!! Thanks for the tip!

Shay said...

If I only had a vegetable steamer ! Great tip!

Kim said...

Who would've thought an infomercial in blogland:D Seriously though, this is a brilliant tip. Whenever I cook eggs they never, never turn out just right, no matter what I do.

madebymeinred said...

Who would have thought? What a great idea.

Connie said...

I didn't know that and they look good! Thanks for sharing.
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Kevin the Quilter said...

Cool! I don't have a veggie steamer like this, but, may try it in my rice cooker that has a steamer with it? The chicken that lays the green-esque egg is the Aracauna or the Ameracauna. This is the breed I have currently.

Elizabeth said...

I don't have a veggie steamer, but I bring the eggs to a boil, then turn off the stove and let them sit for 10 minutes with the lid on and it seems to do them pretty nicely -- no green rings. Your way is awesome too.

xo -E


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