Saturday, April 3, 2010

tutorial | how to make shaped eggs

When I saw a shaped hard boiled egg for the first time, in a photo of a bento lunch, it blew me away! I couldn't get over it. I had no idea an egg could be molded that way. I thought it was fantastic and couldn't wait to try it out myself!

First, you need some molds. There are some that are made specifically for this purpose. All the ones I've seen are packaged in sets of two.

boiled egg molds

Prepare hard boiled eggs as you like. My method:
  1. place eggs in a single layer in a pan, cover with cold water
  2. bring to boil over high heat, once boiling lower heat to low
  3. let eggs continue to simmer for 2 minutes
  4. turn off heat and leave the pan covered for 12 minutes
Once the eggs are done cooking, I remove from hot water and let cool for just a few minutes. To make it tolerable to handle I rinse under cool water for a few seconds and then peel quickly. This part can sting! The first few pieces of shell coming off will also release hot steam - be careful!
ready to peel

helpful hint: older eggs are MUCH easier to peel and will come off in large strips, rather than itty bitty pieces that cling to the inner egg tearing out chunks of the egg. The eggs I used here I had in the fridge for a week before using and they peeled perfectly.

It is important to do this when the egg is hot because it malleable when hot. A malleable egg when squeezed into the mold will take on the shape of the mold.  When you have the egg peeled place it in the mold and snap it closed.

egg is ready to be molded!

When you have your eggs all encased in the molds it is time to cool them down. You can just place them in the fridge if you prefer, but I like to cool them quickly. So I plop them into an ice water bath.
egg molds cooling off

When they are cool you can release them from the molds.
shaped eggs!

Marvel in the novelty of a shaped egg!

The same process can be used to make shaped eggs using ice cream sandwich molds, but those come in two pieces, without a hinge and clasp, and you will need to secure the pieces together using a thick rubber band to keep the mold closed.

JList carries a wide selection of boiled egg shapers, including a lot of characters like Winnie the Pooh, Stitch and Hello Kitty. :)

Supplies to make shaped eggs:

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Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

Great how-to :D I wish someone in my house would eat hard boiled eggs like this because they are so cute!

Mathmom and family said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the hint on older eggs. I was cursing my eggs when I made them this week. The hot egg and tiny pieces of shell were not a good combo. And I had no idea you could use ice cream molds. That opens up all new worlds.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Melissa, I've mentioned I'm learning about and packing bentos for myself. One might think much of this "kid's stuff" wouldn't apply to me. Think again. I think the idea of making hard boiled eggs into shapes is so fun, and I can't wait to try it for myself! What a way to brighten my day, and stay young. Thanks. :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Besides myself, only my little girl likes them. But she LOVES them. She stopped dying Easter eggs half-way through to start peeling and eating them instead. LOL :)

JDaniel4's Mom said... [Reply to comment]

What a great way to get kids to eat eggs!

Robyn said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for introducing me to egg molds -- they have been such a huge hit at my house. I didn't know about dunking the molds in ice water ... I'm going to try that next time!

Mago said... [Reply to comment]

I can't wait to head over to Daiso to look for egg molds. This is very cool!

Christy said... [Reply to comment]

Cool! Thanks!

Taka said... [Reply to comment]

What size eggs fit best in these molds?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Taka, for this set - the car and fish, and for the bear and rabbit set - Large eggs work perfectly.

There is another egg mold set that is a star and heart and those need Extra Large eggs to have turn out well.

We now buy our eggs from a local person who keep free-range chickens on their property and the egg sizes are all over the place. I've had a tricky time lately getting my molds to turn out nicely since they aren't sized for me. ;-)

chickling* said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know if this is to late of a comment but this is the way I make them:
Put in ice water
Put in mold
Put the molds with eggs inside in a bowl of hot water for around 5 min.

I never had to burn my hands or deal with the dreaded 'ring' around the yolk :)

ClistyB said... [Reply to comment]

I sorta have this crush on Japanese products (have you tried Hi-Chew?).
Ive seen these egg molds around but had NO idea how they worked, so I ignored them. Now I know, thank you! We love eating boiled eggs, now I have an excuse to buy some more Hello Kitty :)

Céline said... [Reply to comment]

I have just discovered your blog and woaw! Thanks for all inspirations, but the most important thanks for this post. Why? Because I bought this mould a long time ago and I never understood how to use them! The instruction in japanese wasn't clear... So each time I tried it didn't work.
Now I think I can do it! Let's try tomorrow for my daughter lunch!!!
Thanks again.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Where can you get molds

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

You can find egg molds at bento shops and also online at Amazon right here: Kotobuki Egg Molds for Bento

Dene Hoyland said... [Reply to comment]

do you know any were in the uk that sale them thank you ,,,

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Dene. I'm not aware of any shops in the UK specifically, but you might try Amazon (there is a UK divisision I think?), ebay, or the japan online store called Jbox. I used to order from Jbox frequently for bento items... shipping can be slow (since it's coming from Japan), but I never had a problem ordering through them. They definitely ship internationally. The link to their egg molds: Egg Molds at Jbox

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