I love our farm fresh pastured eggs, but they are sure a pain to peel when hard boiled.

My family loves hard-boiled eggs, but hates peeling them, so I did some digging to find out how to “hard-boil” our fresh pastured eggs.

It turns out that for easy peel fresh eggs, you don’t want to boil them at all.  I’ll start calling them “hard-cooked” eggs instead!

You want to steam your fresh eggs to hard cook them!  Yeah!  Who knew?

You can do this on the stove with a steamer basket or a metal colander set inside of a large pot or even in an Insta-Pot!

Here’s how:

Steamer basket or metal colander instructions to hard-cook fresh pastured eggs:

  1. Fill your pot with about 1 inch of water.
  2. Place your steamer insert in the pot and place your eggs in it.  If you don’t have a steamer insert, you can use a metal colander inside of a large pot.
  3. Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Add your fresh pastured eggs to the insert.
  5. Cover with a lid.  This is important to trap that steam.
  6. Steam for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the eggs and immediately immerse them in ice water to halt the cooking process and cool them.

Insta-Pot instructions to hard-cook fresh pastured eggs:

  1. Pour the water into the pot, and place the fresh pastured eggs in a steamer basket if you have one. …
  2. Close the lid, set for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  3. It will take the cooker approximately 5 minutes to build to pressure and then 5 minutes to cook. …
  4. Remove the hot eggs and immerse in ice water to halt the cooking process and cool them.

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