It has been brought to my attention that although I have written about making Egg Shapes using egg molds a few different times (see this post, and this one), I have never done a step by step tutorial. And the funny thing about using egg molds is that they are not intuitive at all. The first time I ordered one all the instructions were in Japanese and I found myself googling an egg mold tutorial to no avail.
Egg molds are inexpensive to purchase and a lot of fun for kids. Early April is typically the time of year when eggs get the most culinary attention AND many schools are on break, so this is a perfect time to get into the kitchen with your kids and play with some healthy, incredible, edible eggs. Egg molds would also be a fun, unexpected, and healthy addition to an Easter basket. (Remember, you heard it here first!).
Selecting the eggs: I have found that it is better to have eggs that are slightly too large for the molds. If the eggs do not completely fill the mold, they will not form the perfect shape. So, aim for slightly on the large side when purchasing your eggs.
Step One: Hard Boil Eggs
My method for hard boiling eggs is to boil water and gently lower the eggs into the water. Boil for 10-12 minutes. To reduce the chances of cracking, allow eggs to warm to room temperature before dropping into the water and turn the heat down so the water is not at a rapid boil when you drop the eggs in. Return the water to a boil once all of the eggs are in the water.
Step Two: Allow the Eggs to Cool Slightly
Remove the eggs from the water and place on a towel on the counter. Allow them to cool very slightly. They should be just barely cool enough to handle.
Step Three: Carefully Peel Eggs
Peel the eggs by cracking the shell and rolling the egg on the counter to create many more cracks in the shell. Peel back the shells.
Step Four: Press into the Molds
Place the eggs into the molds. It might seem like they are too big but that’s okay. Securely latch the eggs into the molds. If some of the egg white comes out the edges that is also okay.
Step Five: Allow Eggs to Cool Completely
This is the key to the entire thing. The eggs must cool completely before removing them from the molds. You can either put the eggs in the fridge for several hours – or overnight – or place them in a bowl with ice water for about 15 minutes.
Step Six: Remove the Eggs from the Molds
Carefully unlatch the molds. Remove the egg from the mold. If there is any egg white that got squished along the edges simply remove it with your fingers. You can serve the eggs whole or slice them in half. Depending on the mold, the yolk occasionally has a cute shape as well.
We serve our eggs with salt and pepper, or I give the girls mustard to dip the eggs into. Hard boiled eggs in fun shapes are just perfect for lunches.
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