No, this is not necessarily a “recipe.” It is an idea that can simplify your breakfast routine so you can have more time and energy to make the other fun recipes in this blog!
In my quest to be efficient, when it comes to cooking, I collect kitchen gadgets. An egg cooker is one that you will not regret taking space on your countertop, if you love to eat eggs! Many people have issues cooking hard boiled (or soft/medium boiled) eggs because it can be time consuming, and they are often really hard to peel. I can’t explain the science behind it, but the eggs that come out of the egg cooker are easy to peel approximately 93.7% of the time… even when they are fresh from the farm. I get my eggs from Marshwatch Farms. Great farm, happy chickens, wonderful people!
These are the chicks that REALLY make my breakfast! Thanks to Joe and Terri Adams at Marshwatch Farms for taking care of these beauties and moving the chicken tractor every day!
I have been eating 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast every day at work for the past 7 years. (Weekends are another story.) I like the routine and not having to think about what to eat for breakfast during the week.
If I had to pick one, I prefer free-range eggs over organic. You can choose what’s most important to you. I like knowing they are getting exercise and eating things chickens are supposed to eat.
I actually cook them at work. This may sound odd, but if you can get to work 45 seconds earlier, you have time to cook your eggs at work. Why do I eat my eggs at work? A couple reasons. 1) I am not hungry before I leave for work. 2) If I cook my eggs at home, I often forget them in the egg cooker.
If you have a lunchroom for your egg cooker, that is the best as it can put off a slight egg odor. My cooker is perfect for work because when it’s done, it shuts off on it’s own. You don’t want one with an annoying buzzer that sounds like a smoke alarm when your eggs are done. This is a sure way to get your boss on your bad side. I got my cooker from my Grandma when she was moving to the nursing home. It is from the 60’s so unfortunately I can’t recommend the one I have.
Add eggs, add water, cover, turn on. Done!
Grandma’s Egg Cooker
The one I have at home is a newer model and I do not recommend it because the alarm is obnoxious and it doesn’t shut off automatically when it is done. You can google “egg cooker” or “egg cooker with auto shut off” to see what works best for you. Some are even combined with veggie steamers! Better to google “vegetable steamer egg” if you’re looking for something like that. When mine dies, I might try one like this or maybe something more elaborate like this Veggie Steamer that can also cook eggs.
-electric egg cooker
How to make:
1) Put eggs in egg cooker
2) Put water in egg cooker
3) Turn on egg cooker (that’s basically all – but I’ll continue with my routine)
4) Go to your desk and start your day
5) In about 45 minutes when you start to get hungry, remember that you have warm eggs waiting for you in the lunchroom. It’s a good time to get up and stretch your legs anyway. (it only takes about 10 minutes to cook them, so you can get them anytime after that… they just might be hot to eat and I’ve found the longer they sit, the easier they peel) If you want soft boiled, you’ll have to get them out of the cooker earlier as they will continue to cook as they sit.
6) Rinse the eggs in cool water to clean them off and if they are too hot to hold, rinse until you can handle them (10-20 seconds).
7) Grab a dish towel or paper towel, wrap your eggs, and walk back to your desk.
8) Crack and peel your eggs and sprinkle with sea salt and/or your choice of seasoning that you keep at your desk (only drawback here is that people may think you tooted if they don’t know you’re eating eggs… they’ll get over it!). I can peel my eggs in 10 seconds or less – they seriously peel so easily!
9) Enjoy your warm eggs – they taste sooooo much better when they are warm!
10) Toss egg shells in the trash, or save for compost or other fun uses: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/08/9-things-to-do-with-eggshells.html.
You can tell by the shells how easily it came off!
If you have any comments on a good or bad brand of egg cooker or steamer, please leave comments below!