One of the most common questions on backyard chicken keeping groups is “how do you peel a fresh egg”. There’s quite a bit of physics and biology involved in hard boiling an egg, then getting it to peel so it’s a perfect magazine picture/social media worthy looking egg. From putting baking soda in the water to using Instant Pots, everyone has their own trick that works. A suggestion that keeps coming up over and over again is steaming eggs.

I was first introduced to egg cookers at Aldi’s when I saw one for sale two years ago. Well, I hard boil eggs and as a chicken owner I have a lot of eggs. It looked like a neat gadget, and at the time I had no idea how big a role it would play in my life. Seriously.

The one I purchased held eight eggs, had two cups for poaching, and had a pan to make a 2-egg omelette. And I worked that thing hard! From making potato salad to breakfast, to home made “Egg McMuffins” it was always going. I loved it so much, I bought one for my grandma. And she’s in love with it!

But as I got into pickling eggs this year, I realized I needed something bigger. Thus, I purchased my bigger model. And I am even more in love with it. In fact, as soon as I finish this blog, I’m going to use it to hard boil 16 more eggs to pickle. Delish!

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