Make hard boiled eggs that peel perfectly!
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Making hard boiled eggs should be one of the easiest things to do in the kitchen. Boil water, add eggs, wait a few minutes…but the hard part of hard boiled eggs is peeling them. The shells break into a billion pieces, and by the time you’re done peeling the egg it’s so mangled it looks like it’s already been chewed on. This might be an exaggeration, but they can be tricky little things to peel!
Enter the Instant Pot. InstaPot to some, but whatever you call it, this thing is amazing! Have you heard of these modern marvels yet? I first heard of the Instant Pot – that’s what it’s really called – last November, and I knew I needed one! I’m not much of a cook (remember my smoke detector confession from my post on Easy Crock Pot Chili?) so I’m up for trying anything new to make meal prep faster and easier!
The Instant Pot is famous for cutting down cooking time for a lot of different foods- your main course, side dish, even dessert! It’s a pressure cooker, crock pot, yogurt/rice maker and has functions for sautéing, and making soup, stews, and beans. The Jack of all appliances.
Before I got my Instant Pot, I was afraid of pressure cookers- traditional pressure cookers can be really dangerous if they’re not used right. I love that the IP has safety mechanisms built in, like a locking lid, & is powered by electricity, not the stove – a plus in my book.
When my IP arrived I was excited, but almost too intimidated to even take it out of the box. But I had Pinterest on my side, and searched for something easy to make as a newbie IP owner. Hard boiled eggs fit the bill – quick, easy, and if they didn’t turn out, at least I was only out a half dozen eggs.
I was worried for nothing – I’ve used this recipe over and over, and they turn out perfectly every time! They’re super quick to make and the eggs pretty much fall right out of the shell once they’ve cooled.
What you need:
1/2 dozen eggs
1 cup water
I like to use the wire rack that came with my IP when I make hard boiled eggs. Set it inside the inner pot and add 1 cup of water – this will be used to create steam in the IP for cooking the eggs.
Place eggs on top of the wire rack. Close and lock the lid, and move the vent to the ‘sealing’ position. Press ‘manual’ and using the +/- buttons, set the time to 5 minutes. After a few seconds the IP will beep, signaling the start of the cooking process. It will take several minutes for the IP to build pressure. Once it does the timer will begin to count down from 5 minutes.
When the time is up the IP will beep again. Do a quick release by moving the vent from ‘sealing’ to ‘venting’. Be careful doing this! Very hot steam will start seeping out of the vent.
Put your fresh hard boiled eggs in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. When they are fully cooled, peel the shells and enjoy your hard boiled eggs! I have made them over and over again, and they turn out perfectly every time!