Have you ever tried using egg moulds? They are one of the most easy ways I know to make fun food and I've found over the years that moulded boiled eggs never cease to amaze people!
Following on from the cute boiled egg animal tutorials, today I'm sharing my complete step by step guide for how to use egg moulds. As well as a video tutorial, I've also written out step by step instructions for different types of egg moulds, and shared all my trouble-shooting tips too!
As Easter is approaching, now is the perfect time to try using egg moulds, as they are a great easy tool to help you create a fun and healthy Easter breakfast or cute Easter themed packed lunch that is sure to impress your kids!
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How to Use Egg Moulds
I hope this tutorial will help you to get the best results from your egg moulds, as I did go through a bit of trial and error to get them right when I first started using them! They are really easy to use, but the video above and hints and tips I've shared below should make the process even easier for you.
The first thing you need to think about is the size of your egg. There are quite a few different egg mould designs available now and they do vary slightly in size. I usually use a UK large sized organic free-range egg; you may need to experiment with sizes depending on where you get your eggs from. I found that a medium egg was slightly too small for most moulds, so the design didn't imprint so well.
Once you've chosen your egg, you need to hard boil it. Place the egg in cold water and bring it to the boil on the hob.
As the water starts to heat up and get to boiling point, stir the water so that the egg spins (being careful not to crack the egg). This is to centre the yolk, which makes the finished egg less likely to crack or split when being moulded.
Continue to spin it for the first minute or so of boiling. Boil for 8 minutes.
As soon as the egg is cooked, carefully tip the hot water out of the pan and replace it with cold water. Quickly peel the egg whilst it is still hot, dipping it in and out of the cold water as you do so to avoid burning your fingers.
(NOTE: If cooking multiple eggs to be moulded, don't worry too much about the spinning step as it's tricky to do with more than one egg in the pan. The spinning makes it more likely that the egg will come out perfectly but it isn't essential).
Dip the egg mould in cold water to help avoid sticking. Place the egg in the bottom half of the mould whilst it is still hot.
Pop the lid on, and press down gently to mould the egg. Gradually increase the pressure, pushing the two parts of the mould together firmly. Clip the mould closed.
Place the mould into a large bowl of cold water and leave for 5-10 minutes to cool completely. If making the night before, you can also pop the mould into the fridge to set and stay cool overnight.
Once the egg has completely cooled, open the mould up. The egg should be shaped to the mould and have any design features of the mould firmly imprinted onto it.
If your egg was on the large side you may find that some of the egg has squished outwards from the mould. Don't panic! This is quite common and easily solved. Simply trim the excess egg from around the shape with the tip of a small sharp knife as shown in the video above and discard the trimmings.
The egg should pop easily out of the mould, ready to be served or packed in a lunch box.
The Chick egg mould I used in the video above comes with a couple of sets of add-on legs - simply add them to the bottom of the egg before serving.
You may also find that your egg is slightly too small for this mould so the delicate beak doesn't imprint well, in which case it is easy to add a beak with a small triangle of carrot or cheese - just cut a slit into the egg where the beak should be and push the triangle of carrot or cheese to make your own edible beak.
The CuteZCute Animal Palz egg mould set is also of a slightly different design - this is actually my favourite mould because I find it's even easier to use than the tradtional clip moulds.
To make an animal egg using the CuteZCute Animal Palz set, simple place the base plate into the mould, gently push the egg into the mould with the wider end of the egg at the head end, then push your chosen animal stamp firmly but carefully on top. Carefully slide the filled mould into the outer frame of the mould to hold it in place until the egg is ready.
Place in the bowl of cold water to cool as before.
I was reminded when I was updating this post how much my son has always loved his funny shaped eggs - he used to tease his friends at school by telling them that they were laid in that shape by special hens!
You'll find a great selection of egg moulds over in the Eats Amazing Shop, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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