Can you use three easy ways to make hard-boiled eggs today? I used to make hard-boiled eggs by placing the eggs in a pan with cold water and then putting the pan on the stove to bring it to a boil. I would have to stand by to keep checking the pan because you know how it sometimes boils over, right?
Then I would turn the stove off and let it sit for 20 minutes. Next, I would drain the water and quickly rinse the eggs with cold water (complete with ice cubes). Not anymore, baby!
I’m updating this post today from 2018, boy how things have changed.
I Have Never Raised Chickens
A few of my friends raise chickens, and I applaud them. I buy my organic or regular eggs and make egg salad sandwiches or just eggs with salt sprinkled on them after I hard-boil or bake them.
You probably know by now that my favorite electric pressure cooker is the Fagor (now it’s called Zavor). I bought this one after attending a class, actually several classes by Chef Brad. He is amazing. If you ever have a chance to go to one of his classes, please go, you will love it!
My daughter has four kids at home and the six-quart pressure cooker is plenty big for her family. She uses her Zavor pressure cooker almost every night, literally. If you need a good egg salad recipe you may want to try mine below.
1. Hard Boiled Eggs In An Electric Pressure Cooker:
The first thing you do is put the cold eggs (I did 12 eggs) and one cup of water in the pressure cooker. One cup of water is the minimum amount of liquid that is required to cook any food in this brand of pressure cooker.
You can see the “lock” and the “open lock” on the pressure cooker above. You place the lid on and turn it and when it “clicks” you can see the “open lock”.
Then it is locked and ready to turn the dial on top to “pressure” or “seal” depending on the brand you have. Plug the pressure cooker power cord into an outlet and you are ready for the next step.
Pressure Cook for 5 Minutes
Now to cook eggs in this pressure cook it takes 5 minutes on HIGH. So, click the HIGH button until it says 5, and push START. Now here is where you must be patient.
You will see the “5 minutes” until the pressure is built up and starts cooking. Then you will see 5, 4, 3 minutes and so on until you hear it beep, this means it’s finished cooking. Mine says WARM when finished.
Please be careful with this next step. You can see: “pressure, “steam” and “clean”. You MUST NOT turn that dial without a hot pad, wash rag, tongs, or whatever on top of the lid. I place a rag to protect my hands from the hot steam. It is extremely hot steam.
I slowly release the pressure by turning the dial to “steam” with a wash rag over the dial and a pair of tongs. The steam is VERY HOT and will release under some pressure.
Step back and let it do its thing. Once the steam stops if you can turn the lid the pressure has been released. There is still a lot of steam when you turn the lid and lift it off. Please be careful, it’s hot.
You carefully lift the eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon or a regular spoon and place the eggs in a bowl with cold water and ice cubes. Or now pressure cookers have baskets to use while you pressure cook them. 6-Quart Pressure Cooker Basket
I let them sit for maybe ten minutes and then peel them.
Here they are peeled and ready to eat. You can use fresh eggs for many things. This is one of the easiest ways to make hard-boiled eggs.
2. Make Hard Boiled Eggs In the Oven:
Place the number of eggs you want to hard boil (bake) in a muffin tin. I take them straight from the cold refrigerator. If I’m going to turn my oven on I’m going to bake 12 eggs to fill my muffin tin. Today I only did six because I did so many other eggs in the pressure cooker. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. I put about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water in each muffin cup, give or take.
If it’s one inch that’s fine. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and run cold water over the eggs. Add some ice cubes to chill the water faster. Now they are ready to peel! These are so easy to peel, I love them! You will never go back to standing and watching a pan boil to make them on top of your stove.
3. Make Hard Boiled Eggs In Your Sun Oven:
I wrote this article about five years ago about baking eggs in a Sun Oven, but I wanted to share it for those who may have missed it.
Sun Oven Instructions:
I preheated the Sun Oven to about 350 degrees. The way you preheat a Sun Oven is by opening up the shiny reflectors and facing the oven toward the sun. Just close the oven lid and lock it in place to keep the heat inside. It takes about 20-30 minutes to preheat to 350 degrees.
This time period will depend on when you have ideal sun rays in your location for using a sun oven. Typically I say between 10:00 a.m. and until about 2:00 p.m. The pans must be dark, not shiny or they will reflect the sun and heat away from the Sun Oven and the items you are trying to cook. My favorite Sun Oven: All American Sun Oven
Speckles after Cooking is Fine
I decided to add an extra 10 minutes to be safe. I “baked” the eggs for 40 minutes. The eggs get “speckles”…no worries. Those spots are normal, they look weird the first time you see them. I call them baking specks.
I like to use hand/finger heat-resistant gloves when using my Sun Oven because the glass door is very hot. The gloves are easier to use than hot pads, in my opinion. Heat-resistant gloves: #1 Oven Gloves – Extreme Heat
Plunge Eggs in Ice Water
I removed the eggs after baking and plunged them into cold water with ice cubes like you do when you use your kitchen stove. I waited another 10 minutes and peeled them. Yes, you will see a few tiny brown specks caused by “baking” them, but……wow this is so much easier!
One HUGE deal is the fact they peel easier! I love saving money on my power bill too! I really like, and suggest you try to use the items you have available for emergencies. This gives me confidence that the process will actually work when I’m under pressure to perform in an emergency situation.
Please Practice with Your New Equipment
If you have a Sun Oven or any new item to try out, do it now before you really need the experience of how things work, you’ll be glad you did! Picture trying to use your Sun Oven for the first time when the emergency has caused the power to go out.
We always try new appliances, food supplies, and other preparedness items at our house right when we get them so we have some experience under our belts.
Again, picture trying to bake bread or prepare some other vital food item at the time of the actual emergency without ever testing things first. I hope you try making hard-boiled eggs in your Sun Oven. If you don’t have one I highly recommend saving your money to buy one of these to save on your utility bills and be ready for any unforeseen disaster.
Please note: I only recommend a SunOven in areas where you get a lot so sunshine throughout the year.
Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe
- 8-9 hard-boiled eggs peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3/4 cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil your eggs in a saucepan, pressure cooker, in the oven, or a Sun Oven outside.
Drain the hot water, cover the cooked eggs with ice and water. Peel when cool.
Chop the eggs as finely as possible. I use a chopper.
Combine the eggs, mayonnaise, or Miracle Whip.
Stir in the salt, pepper, and sugar. Serve on a bed of lettuce or make a sandwich with the mixture.
I hope you enjoyed my post today on my three easy ways to make hard-boiled eggs. My family loves hard-boiled eggs, we buy at least 5 dozen eggs a week for our big family. Please stay safe. May God Bless the World, Linda