I love everything about keeping chickens, and I especially love having an endless supply of fresh eggs.
But there is one problem with fresh eggs that has always confounded me – I've never been able to hard boil them successfully,
as peeling them is an exercise in futility. I end up tossing most of the white away with the shell,
and I also end up in a very bad mood. It's always a lose-lose proposition, so I gave up hard-boiling fresh eggs long ago.
Which is a crying shame because egg salad sandwiches have always been my favorite.
Anyway, I was whining about this dilemma to my favorite chicken whisperer, who graciously shared her secret
for fresh hard-boiled egg success. "Stick a pin in it," she said.
I suppose you could use a safety pin or a straight pin, but my dad always taught me
to use the right tool for the job, so I bought an official "egg piercer."
You place the fat end of the egg on top of the yellow thing and push down. It's as simple as that.
The tiny sharp object at the bottom of the device pierces the egg, unlocking the membrane from the inside of the shell.
Or something like that. I'm not exactly sure on the whole science part of this process, all I know is that it works.
My method for hard boiling eggs is to put the eggs in a pot of cold water, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and
let them boil for 12 minutes, then run cold water over them for a few minutes. So that's what I did with my pierced eggs.
Here they are after they've been boiled and rinsed with cold water.
Most of them are wearing hats because some of the egg white leaked out of the holes.
A very small price to pay for a shell that slips off in two pieces.