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.) 

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.

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  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. :)

    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.

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

    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."


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