24 April, 2011

Making Hard Boiled Eggs Fun!

Remember back when we were talking about single-use appliances and kitchen gadgets?  Well, I found a single-use gadget that takes up so little room and is so ridiculous and fun to use that I had to buy it.  It's a hard-boiled egg mold - actually a pair of them - by Kotobuki of Japan, and they are a hoot.

The set I bought has two molds, one of a bunny head and the other a teddy bear head. Each will hold one (shelled) hard boiled egg snugly - so snugly, in fact, that when the egg is released from the mold, it holds the shape the mold impresses upon it.  I took a picture of the bunny mold in action and posted it at right.

I've had these things since February. They work really great and they're a lot of fun, especially if you have kids.  I haven't been able to find them locally, but they're available on Amazon for $3.99 for the pair, and I've supplied a link below if you want to check them out. Before you click over to buy them, though, there are a couple things I want to tell you about them.

First off, the instructions are in Japanese, so it isn't immediately obvious how to use them.  To get the bet results, you should peel the eggs when they are still rather hot.  Take them out of the pan, give them a quick rinse in cold water just long enough to make them handleable, and then peel them quickly.  Put the very warm egg into the mold, snap it closed around the egg, and then plunge the whole thing into cold water and let it sit for a few minutes to chill.  Putting the egg in hot and letting it chill before releasing it from the mold gives the best results and the egg will hold its shape better that way. Also, use a large egg.  Larger sizes will be way too big and even though the mold looks like it's on the small size, smaller egg sizes won't fill up the whole mold. 

Click here to go to the Amazon product page (Kotobuki Plastic Egg Mold, Rabbit and Bear.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is strangely amazing.