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The popularity of backyard chickens has grown in the last 5 to 10 years. It seems many people are realizing the benefits of raising their own birds. For many, the main reason is have access to fresh eggs from chickens that you have raised and fed yourself.

Eggs from your own chickens are tastier and fresher than store-bought eggs. Often they are much larger, too. Depending on the size of your flock, you may even have more eggs than you know what to do with. Hard boiled eggs are a great snack. They go well in salads and when mixed with a little mayonnaise and mustard, can make a wonderful sandwich spread.

The problem is farm fresh eggs don’t seem to boil the same way as store bought eggs. The shells seem to stick more, making the peeling process a nightmare. Mother Earth News shared a tip for getting the perfect hard boiled eggs from your farm eggs.

Rather than immersing the eggs in water and boiling them, they suggest steaming them for 30 minutes. After the steaming, you submerse the eggs in ice water for a few minutes. When you peel the eggs, the shells fall right off.

The other way to handle boiling farm eggs is let some age a bit. The older the farm eggs are, the easier it is to remove the boiled shell. Steaming takes longer than boiling but it allows you to use today’s eggs and you don’t have to wait weeks for the eggs to age.

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