Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They contain many of the vitamins we need including vitamin A and D, phosphorus, selenium, the B vitamins, and many more. They also contain antioxidants that benefit eye health; they are high in quality protein, containing all the essential amino acids in the correct ratios; and they raise HDL (the good) cholesterol.
This is all great, unless you’re allergic to eggs. Then it’s no fun if you eat them. Fortunately I’m only allergic to the whites, not the yolks. And the yolks happen to be where most of the nutrition lies. Yay for me!
I’ve found the safest way for me to eat the yolks is to hard boil them. That way it’s super easy to separate the yolks from the whites.
I’ve tried to use an egg-separator thingy in order to make fried yolks (which are delicious by the way). But let’s face it, it’s really difficult to ensure that no traces of egg whites seep through. At least I haven’t figured out a fool-proof way of doing it. If you have, please let me know! Although I love fried egg yolks, it’s not worth the risk of spending the entire next day in the bathroom (that’s probably a lot more than you wanted to know!)
My favorite way to make no fail hard boiled eggs now is to use my Instant Pot pressure cooker. This has two added benefits. First, it allows you to place the eggs in the pot, set the timer, and walk away. You don’t have to watch for the water to boil before setting the timer (about the only thing worse than watching water boil is watching paint dry).
And second, the Instant Pot actually steams the eggs rather than boil them, so you don’t need to worry about how fresh the eggs are. They are always really easy to peel no matter if they’re weeks old or brought home fresh from the store (or even better, from the farm!)
I love the Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, but there are many other brands and models of pressure cookers to choose from.
You may need to experiment with the cooking time depending on whether you like them hard or soft boiled, and also the times may vary slightly between brands. It may be a good idea to only cook one egg at a time until you figure out the best cooking time for you. That way you’re not throwing out an entire batch of eggs the first time you try it. The cooking time does not change whether you cook one egg or a dozen.
I also recommend getting some type of steamer basket or a trivet to place the eggs in, rather than putting them directly in the bottom of the pot. This is the one I like:
I also noticed these cute egg steamer baskets on Amazon, although I don’t have these myself. My multi-purpose steamer basket seems to work just fine.
For perfect, no fail hard boiled eggs, first you place the eggs in a steamer basket or some other kind of raised trivet or rack.
Add one cup of cold water to the bottom of the pot, then place the basket inside the pressure cooker.
Set your timer, and when finished cooking, release the pressure then rinse your eggs in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Have you tried cooking eggs in a pressure cooker? If so, please comment and share your experience!