Monday, February 29, 2016

Instant Pot - Hardboiled Eggs

Bev Sykes via Creative Commons
Lately I've been using the Instant Pot to make my hard boiled eggs.  It's dead easy and you can still control the doneness of the eggs.  Additionally, because the eggs are steamed, they are easy peelers about 90% of the time.

Here's what you are going to need:

  • Eggs -- I cook nine at a time
  • Instant Pot
  • Instant Pot wire steamer insert
  • 1 cup water
Plug in the Instant Pot and place the steamer insert inside.  Add a cup of water to the pot.  Carefully place your eggs on the rack inside the Instant Pot.  I read somewhere that the eggs should not be touching to reduce the possibility of breakage.  I just put them on the rack and keep them from touching, but I don't worry if they roll together and touch a bit.  Just don't crowd them.

Secure the pressure cooker lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the vent on the top is set to the CLOSED position.  Press the steam function and adjust the time down to between two and four minutes and let the Instant Pot get to work.

TIME:  Currently I use 3 which produces what I would call a lightly boiled egg.  The inside center is just the teeniest bit soft.  I want to try 2 minutes to see if I can get a softer boil.  Four minutes produces a fully hard boiled egg suitable for deviled eggs.

When the Instant Pot beeps at the end of the cycle, vent the excess pressure (you can put a cloth over the vent to capture the steam) and remove the lid once the pressure is normalized.  Remove your eggs (I use a set of silicone covered tongs) to an ice bath and let them rest for five minutes or so.  Our daughter likes to eat them warm, so I don't let them sit in the cold water very long.  This step is important, however, as it helps the egg release from the shell, improving the likelihood of an easy peel.

Do you have an Instant Pot?  What recipes do you like to make?

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