If you have backyard chickens you know that trying to peel a fresh hard boiled eggs is, at best, difficult. Fresh eggs just don’t peel well when hard boiled. If you want to make deviled eggs and have them look nice, it is difficult. I used to just buy store bought eggs if I was bringing deviled eggs to a potluck. But, that defeats the purpose of having backyard chickens, doesn’t it?
I finally discovered how to make perfectly peeled fresh hard boiled eggs when we received an instapot as a gift last year. Steam them! The fresh eggs come out looking nice, smooth, and beautiful. If you don’t have an instapot, I highly recommend this one:
How to Make Perfectly Peeled Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs:
- Put one cup of water in the bottom of your instapot.
- Place fresh eggs in steamer basket in an instapot.
- Make sure there is some room in-between the eggs for steam to flow through.
- Close the lid and set at high pressure for 5 minutes.
- It will take 5 minutes to build to pressure and then they will cook for 5 minutes.
- Wait an additional 5 minutes for pressure to naturally reduce and then do a quick release. If you’d like, you can just let the pressure cooker reduce pressure without doing the quick release and the eggs will come out fine, but I prefer to do the quick release.
- When pressure is completely released, place eggs in cold water to stop the cooking process BE CAREFUL! The eggs are hot! I use a hot pad to pick the eggs up and place them in a bowl of cold water.
- Peel right away or wait until later. They will peel beautifully!
Here are some photos of my kids collecting eggs:
Backyard chickens are a huge blessing to our family. Eggs are a great protein and the kids love our chickens. Our daughter Celia is head chicken keeper and she loves to sing to the chickens. Their favorite song is “Happy” by Phararell Williams. 🙂
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Kids love to garden. We grow a garden so that we can lower our food bill and provide organic vegetables for our family. We did not always have such a big garden. We started out one year with two tomato plants and two zucchini plants in our front flower bed. Eventually, I wanted more vegetables, so we tilled up some lawn and planted a 50 ft. x 50 ft. garden, installed drip lines to make things easier, and ordered more seeds. Here is a photo of part of our garden from last year:
If you have never gardened before this is the year you should give it a try. It is a lot of fun and the kids LOVE eating vegetables that they grow themselves. If you need to start small, start with planting some basil and oregano in some containers indoors. Next year, try planting two tomato plants and two zucchini plants in your flower bed or in big containers like we did.
If you are a little more serious you can rent a rototiller and mark off where you want your garden to be next year. Don’t let any kids or animals play on it for a year, then plant your vegetables next year. If you already have a place for your garden then the easiest way to have a garden is to purchase plants already started that you plant into the garden, but this can be expensive. You can start plants in your home for a lot less money. If you run drip lines purchased on-line from DripWorks or from your local hardware store the lines drip right where the vegetable are planted. No wasted water!
It’s great to have the kids learn about plants and how they grow. Each year we plant some cherry tomato plants and snap peas so that the kids can eat them right out of the garden. We all go out and weed together. The little kids “help”, but really they mostly play and ask a lot of questions. The older the kids get the more they really do help. It is great listening to them talk while we enjoy the fresh air and sunshine working outside. They make up funny stories, play “I Spy”, and “20 Questions.” They laugh and get to talk to the neighbors about the plants.
Our dogs enjoy hanging out with us in the garden too!
I hope you will give gardening a try. There is nothing more tasty than vegetables from your own garden. The kids love eating what they grow, they enjoy fresh air and sunshine, and they learn to work without complaining. Gardening with kids can be such a joy!
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
Welcome to Kids Are Blessings! I am Rosanne and I live in Wyoming with my husband and our nine kids. We are a Christian homesteading family living on a little one acre plot in the Rocky Mountains range. We garden, raise chickens, hunt, fish, homeschool, and have lots of fun. Please join us on our journey!