The Instant Pot Story
So, my sister, Tracy, got an Instant Pot last year in December, and she has told me all year how much she loved it. And, I have seen all over the internet and all over Pinterest that it was the "rage".
I was hearing things like:
-You can put all of your ingredients in the pot together and cook them for 30 mins to an hour and have supper just like that!
-It cooks everything super fast and it still comes out tender and delicious.
-You will never cook hard-boiled eggs the same again.
And, that is why my sister is a die-hard fan.
You see, Tracy makes these deviled eggs THAT. ARE. TO. DIE. FOR!! She makes them every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas and we literally have to hide them until it's time to eat because we will ALL eat them ALL before lunch has even started.
Anyway, she said this Instant Pot was a game changer when it came to hard boiling eggs.
You know, I've always boiled them on the stove, and quite honestly, it's hit or miss. Sometimes they are perfect! Easy to peel and the yolk is a perfect yellow color...but usually, it's not that fairy tale story. More often than not, I'll at least have a few that are hard to peel, and there is a not so nice gray outline around the yolk.
Searching for the Perfect Hard-Boiled (Pressure Cooked) Egg
Ok, so guess what? I got an Instant Pot for Christmas! Yay! I got THIS ONE and I love it! I couldn't wait to use it either. Mine didn't come with a basket, so my sister did what any good big sis would do....she ordered me one:) She ordered me one LIKE THIS and she knew what she was talking about. And, yesterday, I decided I was going to try doing hard boiled eggs in it. (I will link both of these at the bottom of the post with pics).
Well, I don't ever doubt my sister, because she's older than me and she knows what she's talking about (I tell her that all the time, UNLESS I'm telling her what to do!!!). And, again, she was right. I hard boiled 8 eggs and they were perfection. Now, I read up on hard boiling eggs in the Instant Pot and there were so many options, it kind of made my head spin...super soft boiled, soft boiled, medium boiled, hard boiled, super hard-boiled. I'm like, just cook the dang egg!
I did figure out that I don't want that yolk soft or super soft....I DO NOT need a squishy boiled egg. So it I cooked the eggs for 8 minutes (which is the second to last hardest yolk) and they were perfection. The directions say to take them out of the pot and put them directly in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
So, I did as I was told. I let them cool about 15 minutes and took to peeling....and they really were the easiest I have ever peeled boiled eggs. Like EVER. The eggs, with the peel off, were so smooth. I don't think I've ever made eggs like that. Mine usually have a few holes in them and part of the white pulled off.
So, I cut one of them open and it was the prettiest yellow yolk you've ever seen. It didn't even have that dark line of gray that it normally has!
I looked at them for a long time, just in satisfaction because I have battled boiling eggs for years. And then I decided I had to do something with these 8 eggs! So, I decided to make deviled eggs (which I didn't photograph and they didn't taste near as good as Tracy's). But they were good and my family devoured them. And I'm so glad I finally got the chance to try cooking them in the Instant Pot. My days of boiling them on the stove are OVER.
This INSTANT POT has been a game changer for me. I mean, I've read lots of reviews of people that love it, and I've even read quite a few people who have said it is way over-rated. Well, let me tell you, I love it and I have used for so many things just in the past month I've had it. It has changed the way I cook supper for the better.
I can't wait to show you all more of the things that I am making in the Instant Pot and you will see how fabulous it is!
Okay! Here is the recipe that I used!
INSTANT POT HARD-BOILED EGGS
- Large Eggs - any amount - I used 8
- 1 cup water (for 8 eggs)
- Put 1 cup water in Instant Pot insert.
- Place eggs in the instant pot basket.
- Close the lid and the steam valve.
- Set Instant Pot for 5 minutes on Manual at HIGH pressure.
- Allow pot to release the pressure naturally for 5 minutes, then very carefully quick release any remaining steam.
- Take the eggs out and set in an ice bath for at least 5 minutes
- Remove eggs from the ice bath and either peel or store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
Happy Instant Potting,