Introduction: Hard Boiled Eggs With Bacon INSIDE

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Do you know someone who likes both hard boiled eggs and bacon?  Surprise them not with bacon and eggs on the same plate, but with bacon and egg in the same shell!

That's right, watch their faces as they crack and remove the shell from one of these eggs and find that the bacon is already in the egg!

I made this at TechShop

Step 1: Materials & Equipment

Vector drawing software (I used CorelDraw)
Laser cutter (my TechShop has a Trotec Speedy 300)
Cling wrap
Duct tape
Raw eggs
Cooked bacon

BONUS: For pre-scrambled eggs
Plastic Easter egg
1/4" bolt, washer, and nut
1/4" drill bit
Small piece of foam
Electric drill

This instructable assumes some basic familiarity with CorelDraw and a laser cutter.

Step 2: Design the Egg Labels

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If you want to completely surprise people, skip both this step and the engraving step later in the instructable.  However, I thought it would be fun to label each kind of egg and see the puzzled look on their faces when they picked up an egg.

You can engrave about a 1.5" x 1" area on the egg without a rotary attachment for the laser cutter.  Select a blocky, bold font so that the text will stand out on the egg.  Adjust the font size to be a little smaller than that area.  Then draw a rectangle around the text, and add scalloped corners for effect.  Use black lines and text so that the laser cutter knows that you want to engrave and not cut the egg.

Step 3: Design the Egg Access Hole

This is the tricky part.  If we cut a complete circle in the eggshell the small disc may fall into the egg.  So we will use a 340 degree arc so that the disc stays lightly attached after cutting.  A 0.25" diameter hole is large enough to fit small pieces of bacon, so draw a 0.25" diameter arc of 340 degrees.  Use red this time with a width setting of hairline so that the laser cutter will cut this line.

Step 4: Laser Engrave and Cut the Eggs

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For engraving I set the laser to 100% power and 75% speed.  For cutting I used 100% power and 1% speed.  Note that the egg isn't splattering while cutting, that is just glare on the clear shield.

Step 5: Add Bacon to the Egg

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Cut the bacon into small bits that will fit in the hole.  Using a pin, lift out the access portal on the back of the egg.  Using a toothpick stuff the egg with half a piece of bacon.

Step 6: Wrap the Egg and Hard Boil It

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Wrap the egg tightly in cling wrap, then tightly with a strip of duct tape.  Boil as you would a normal hard boiled egg..

Step 7: Clean Up Any Leakage

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A little bit of egg is likely to ooze out anyhow.  Wipe it off and you will have a flush bit of egg or possibly bacon plugging the hole.

Step 8: Serve and Amaze!

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Serve and watch their expressions as they have their first "bacon in a hard boiled egg"!

Step 9: Bonus: Scrambled Eggs

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What if your friends prefer scrambled eggs and bacon?  That's another step that involves power tools in the kitchen! 
Drill a hole in a plastic Easter egg, add a bolt, washer, and nut.  Stick this in a power drill and spin away for a few minutes.  This will scramble the egg in the shell!

Step 10: More Practice Needed...

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I did puncture the yolk first after adding the bacon and before spinning.  It turns out my scrambled eggs were a little runny, and need to cook a little longer.  I'll have to try again!


spark master (author)2015-06-09

I like the concept and propose an modification for it. A very good way to make HB eggs way , many say, isto put raw eggs in cold water bring to boil , 1 minute boil, turn off heat and let sit covered for 17-19 minutes. This can be good for less cracked leakier eggs.

Older eggs peel easier, and thick shelled ones are better as well, they keep better at room temps.

Hard boiled eggs can be frozen and then used as "ice" or at least to keep themselves cold for transport, (camping/overnights/car trip). Again, cooked unbroken, eggs keep well at room temps for a few days. With bacon added and big hole who knows, but frozen...

Plus frozen eggs can be used in trebuche's and true sling shots! Only kidding....

SamirA2 (author)2015-02-16

oh boy let me just whip out my handy dandy lasser cutter

walshlg (author)2014-05-02

LOl just saw the egg scrambler for $18 on KickStarter

jarikcbol (author)walshlg2014-05-13

you can do the same trick with a stocking. you put the egg in the stocking about halfway down, hold the toe of the stocking in one hand and the top in the other, and wind it up with sort of a 'swing a jump rope' action until it is tightly twisted, then pull your arms apart to make it untwist super fast, this spins the egg and scrambles it. if you search scrambled egg in shell on youtube the 5th result (as of 5-13-14) shows this trick.

Raitis (author)2014-05-02

I'm not sure if it's me or some eggs are really hard to scramble while raw. I tried doing that to some of them before Easter hoping to surprise people, but pulsing drill on full speed for several minutes didn't even weaken the yolk, let alone scramble the egg.

What I have noticed while frying eggs is that some of them have considerably more runny yolks and whites after splitting than other ones, which just don't spread that much and it somewhat correlates with shell thickness. So be advised, try and find out.

As for instructable - well done!

soy_bean (author)Raitis2014-05-04

Could it be that the egg inside is slipping and not spinning along with the drill at higher speeds? You could try putting double sided tape on the inside.

Raitis (author)soy_bean2014-05-05

I used an egg whisk mounted in drill with egg inside of and powertaped to whisk, so highly doubt that it was loose there. Oh, and the drill I used wasn't even cordless, so probably had a higher range of speeds and torque, but that didn't help either...

annabenson6 (author)2014-05-04

Perfection. :)

craft-n-genius (author)2014-05-03

WOW!!!! marvelous job!

When I first saw this on the news letter, I was a more than a little confused. But now that I know.... that is SO cool! I am voting for you and I hope you win! :D good luck!

Kaiven (author)2014-05-03

NightHawkInLight did a scramble egg thing using a sweater, for those interested.

canida (author)2014-05-02

Nice work! I'd imagine that those without access to a laser cutter could cut a nice porthole with a Dremel.

valkgurl (author)2014-05-02

This should be obvious but you will need a plastic egg BIGGER than your real egg ---And I would tape the seam just in case of shell failure! Most commercial eggs have extremely fragile shells--this would work better with farm eggs---some shells from our hens are actually a little tricky to crack and seperate!

valkgurl (author)2014-05-02

This should be obvious but you will need a plastic egg BIGGER than your real egg ---And I would tape the seam just in case of shell failure! Most commercial eggs have extremely fragile shells--this would work better with farm eggs---some shells from our hens are actually a little tricky to crack and seperate!

noelsgordon (author)2014-05-01

Please provide a link to the Laser Cutter you have.

lbrewer42 (author)2014-05-01

Years ago I accomplished the bacon egg with a razor blade! But unlike the laser, I couldn't etch them. For fun I also made an agg full of cereal, and one full of milk to put on the cereal. I also painstakingly took the time to stuff already scrambled eggs into one eggshell. But the look on the person's face who I prepared them for was proceless.

ladesco (author)2014-05-01

clever! now, here's how to add a little more "clever"... google search for "the goose" egg spinner for going pro. but, you can simply use a long sleeve of a t-shirt, knee high sock or leg of old pantyhose. put the raw egg in the middle of the "sleeve"... secure with rubber bands on each end. then spin it around a bunch of times (center force will bounce and break the yolk and mix it up with the egg white. now, continue with this process for adding bacon... voila! a scrambled egg and bacon!

ClareBS (author)2014-05-01

Those eggs are cool, I love the "labels". Instead of boiling, try steaming them for the same amount of time, they will be easier to peel and look even better.

tisaconundrum (author)2014-05-01

Here is a possible appending idea for the scrambled egg part. You can use a sweater sleeve to get the egg to scramble.

telorand (author)tisaconundrum2014-05-01

Exactly what I thought of, too.

sfox16 (author)2014-05-01

That looks so disgusting lol


hammer9876 (author)sfox162014-05-01

Disgusting? It looks delicious!

billbillt (author)2014-05-01

i have no money for a laser cutter, so I will have to do mine the old way...

ferjanyen (author)2014-05-01

Nice tasty idea but for those without a laser how about boiling the egg for say 3 min. untill white is just hard, make hole with somethin like a very small spoon and then push bacon right in with the yoke, seal and continue boiling, it should work okay and enjoy it.good luck!!

LadyOfSighs (author)2014-05-01

This Instructable requires some very serious equipment, but I salute the result, it's truly impressive! :)

glazur (author)2014-05-01

I tried to make this a few years ago, but the egg always cracked when I started to boil...but this tart you used seams to work. Well done!

atlaswalkedaway (author)2014-04-30

wow, just wow. no seriously WOW!

pdrg (author)2014-04-30

You could probably achieve a similar result without lasers but with a little patience and needle and making the hole on the bottom like blown eggs. Really fun concept though :)

clarebubble (author)2014-04-29

like eat chocolate(○’ω’○)

Mielameri (author)2014-04-29

What a crazy cool idea!

BikeHacker (author)2014-04-29


Newell_Jalynn (author)2014-04-29

I voted you!

I really want to try this now! Using the laser to cut an access hole in a egg is such a good idea since if you use a drill you get eggshell dust everywhere. Were you worried about the laser cooking parts of the egg?

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