Wednesday, October 9, 2013

{Easy} Steamed Eggs

"They are one of the healthiest things you can eat," says Dr. Mercola
When I started raising chickens almost 3 years ago, I had no idea how an egg got from a hen to an egg carton, to the store. I'm going to show you how my eggs arrive now. (Even in the chicken-raising community, seeing this is a rare treat.) 

video

I never tire of collecting eggs.


Or taking pictures of them. 


Three years ago, I didn't know that unwashed, non-pasteurized eggs don't need to be refrigerated, or that eggs purchased at the grocery store can be several weeks old by the time you bring them home.

Another thing I learned is that a fresh, hard boiled egg is hard to peel. One of my Facebook chicken friends shared her method of steaming eggs, claiming that steamed eggs will peel easier. And it is true.

Here is my easy, steam method:


First, I select eggs of the same size, usually provided by the same chicken.

These eggs were made by my Delaware hen,
Lucy Loudmouth.
I put a single layer of eggs into my vegetable steaming pan, along with water in the bottom, of course. Then I turn on the heat to high.


I set the timer for 25 minutes. It takes my pan about 10 minutes to get up to a full steam. Your stove top, pan, the temperature or the size of your eggs may be different and you may have to adjust the time. Just use my test method the first time and then you will know how long for your perfect egg.

TEST METHOD: When my timer goes off, I remove one egg and add it to a bowl of ice water. I quickly peel this egg to be certain it is done. (And it always is.) Then I add the rest of the eggs to the water to cool.


Now, I add a small chunk of butter and Himalayan salt to my test egg and have a healthy snack.


The remaining hard-boiled eggs go unpeeled into a bowl, where they keep for at least a week. We use them for salads and quick snacks.


One more thing. I don't throw the egg water away. I do this instead:


I have not bought eggs at the store for many years, but if I ever do, I will continue to steam, rather than boil my eggs. I hope you try it!

About 31 days of EASY: 
So many things in life are hard.  And some of those hard things are necessary. But why make things harder than they need to be?  For 31 days, I'll be writing about ways to bring ease.  I would be honored if you came along on my journey.  Pack light. 

If you want to know more about the 31 Day Blog Challenge, click here:
Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.

or here: Why 31 days?

Many Blessings to you.

Pin It!

4 comments:

  1. Ha!
    I found that button today!
    Must say, I've never ever heard of a steamed egg. I also keep our fresh eggs in the fridge. Your post said you 'don't have to ' keep them in the fridge is it ok to, I wonder?
    I'm giving this one a try for sure--because I have the hardest time getting them to peel nicely. :)
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it is fine to keep eggs in the fridge...but your fresh, unwashed eggs are protected by the "bloom" the the hen adds to the egg just before laying. Grocery store eggs are washed, so the bloom has been removed, and they must be refrigerated.

      I also refrigerate eggs after a day or so on the counter. Habits die hard :)

      BTW, you can tell if an egg is fresh by placing it in a glass of water. If it sinks to the bottom, it is fresh; if it lifts slightly, it is still okay to eat; if it floats -- toss.

      I did a little test to see how long before my fresh egg even lifted in the water and it was two weeks.

      Delete
  2. I didn't know the water trick about freshness. Why does it float if it's bad???

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rachel,
      Well, you learn something new every day! I didn't know the answer to your question... Here are a couple of the likely answers:

      "When eggs are bad the gas Hydrogen sulfide is produced due to the disintegration of the yolk. This gas is displaced to one end of the egg hence the floating.

      In a good egg, the entire egg is filled with the yolk and albumen, no gases, since nothing is decaying hence the sink."

      "Since egg shells are porous, overtime the liquid in the egg evaporates and is replaced by outside air. This results in more buoyant eggs."

      Delete

Please share your thoughts.

To Subscribe by Email :

Enter your email address:

Precious Readers

My Father's Words

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Love never fails

Father's Love Letter

An Intimate Message from God to You:

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad.... ...Almighty God

PERMISSION TO COPY:The printed version of Father's Love Letter can be copied and used for free distribution providing the following copyright information is displayed... 'Father's Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications Copyright 1999-2008 http://www.fathersloveletter.com/

If you would like to look up the verses...copy and paste to the search bar on this site: Bible Gateway