Perfect Hardboiled Eggs from Farm Fresh Eggs

Many people have found it difficult to make hard boiled eggs from farm fresh eggs. We are writing to share how we do it at Alpine Forest Farm. The eggs we are using today came from our layers and were collected the previous evening.

Happy layers in our winter housing.
Fresh eggs collected last night.


  1. Fill the stock pot with an inch to two inches of water.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Place eggs in a single layer in the steam pan or collinder.
  4. Place steam pan or collindar into the stock pot and place lid on top.
  5. Steam for 13-15 minutes depending on the size of the farm fresh eggs.
  6. Remove steam pan or collindar from the stock pot and place in sink for a cold rinse.
  7. Once eggs have cooled, mark and put in fridge to enjoy later or have one freshly cooked.
  8. To peel eggs first knock gently on the counter or plate all the way around the egg so that it has a spiderweb of cracks.
  9. Start the peel by picking away a small section of shell.
  10. Complete the peel by pulling up the membrane the egg shell is attached to and removing the rest of the shell in a single piece.
Stockpot with colander or Steam Pan.
Stockpot filled with 1-2″ of water.
Stockpot with boiling water ready for the colander full of eggs.
Colander of eggs placed in stockpot.
Lid placed on stockpot while the eggs steam.
Timer set for 13-15 minutes depending on size of eggs.
Steamed Eggs getting a cold rinse.
Cooled eggs ready to be peeled or marked and placed in fridge.
Blue eggs are fun.
Knock the egg on the counter or plate all the way around.
Once you pick away a small section of shell you should be able to peel the whole egg at once by grabbing the membrane and pulling the egg out of the shell.
A perfect hard boiled egg from fresh eggs at Alpine Forest Farm.

Why Alpine Forest Farm

It was finally time to decide on a name for our property and farm business. We did the standard internet search “how to name your farm” and saw all the name idea generators and such. They were helpful as a starting place, but at the end of the day we wanted a name that reflected both our values and place.

Alpine – Gaylord Michigan is “The Alpine Village”, and we are focused on serving our local community in Northern Michigan. We included Alpine in our name to show the link to our local community and our sense of place.

Forest – the farm is heavily wooded with a mix of Maple, Beech, Birch, Aspen, Balsam Fir, Black Cherry, Cedar, Jack Pine, and White Pine. We love walking and playing in our woods. In addition, Andy is very interested in Permaculture and one of more popular Permaculture Patterns is creating Food Forests or Forest Gardens. Andy would like to emulate the work of Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm from “Restoration Agriculture” in Viola Wisconsin with wide spaced agroforestry in our future cow pasture.

Pigs in the woods.

Farm – We wanted to use farm over homestead or another adjective to show that we intend to make the transition to making a living farming rather than doing this as a hobby.

Our Farm Logo showing the animals we raise or hope to raise, and a tree to show our forest gardening and raising pigs in the woods.

Stop by the farm to see us any time. Just call ahead to make sure we are home. 989-614-5212.