Baking Soda for Shaping Hard Boiled Eggs




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Baking soda is a basic ingredient for cleaning and baking. It makes life easier, but did you knew it's also helpful for making beautiful eggs?

If you want to surprise your kids when they open their lunch box. Or even for a potluck with only adults, I guarantee everyone will smile when they see the perfectly shaped hard boiled eggs. Because no matter our age, we all love beautiful food.

And the best part is that it's so easy that even for a regular day you can make it, and bring those extra smiles to your table.

Step 1: Ingredients and Materials


  • Water
  • Eggs
  • And our star ingredient: 1/4 tsp baking soda


  • A pot
  • A small container with lid or egg mold.
  • If you are using a small container you'll also need cling wrap and aluminum foil.

Step 2: Add Water

It's better to start with room temperature eggs (to prevent they break while boiling). But if you don't have time, just let them sit 2 min in the pot with water before turning on the heat.

Make sure the eggs are completely covered with water.

Step 3: Key Ingredient

Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the pot.

Step 4: Boil

Now turn on the heat. Wait until the water is boiling to set your timer to 12 min. Turn off the heat.
If you are making more than one egg, turn off the heat but keep the eggs inside the pot and the pot over the burner.

Step 5: Peel Eggs

Use a spoon to take out one egg. It is very hot, do it carefully. If it's too hot for you to handle it, peel off the shell under warm running water, but don't let it cool off too much. First smash the egg to make a crack at the bottom and start peeling from there.

You'll notice the baking soda's magic makes the shell peel off easily, in big chunks, this is crucial to shape the eggs because the egg must be hot when we place it inside the mold.

Step 6: Put the Egg Inside the Container

So peel the egg as quick as you can, shovel it in the mold and close it.
If you don't have an egg mold (or not yet ;) ) just use a small container with lid. Then use cling wrap and foil to fill the extra space in the container so that the lid closes tightly.

Once the egg is in the mold, put it in the freezer for at least 3 minutes. If you are making several eggs in the same batch, with the same mold, 3 min should be enough, and the eggs in the pot will still be hot enough to be shaped.

Step 7: Its Like Magic

I love how my squared container shaped the egg, you´ll see even the yolk is shaped.

If you notice that the egg was bigger than the mold and has flash, use a knife to remove it.

Step 8: Have Fun!

Now its your turn, go find a small container and try it!

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7 Discussions


1 year ago

Looks nice, but what is the secret?

Do we really need soda?

2 replies

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks!! The secret is peeling the hot egg as fast and as neat as possible, that´s why we need baking soda. Otherwise we´ll end up with sore finger tips and ugly shaped eggs. Because the egg should be very hot when it goes into the mold, and you need to let it cool inside the mold.

kirthik vasan

1 year ago

Peeling off the boiled egg can be done without this step too.

Then why have you used Baking soda ?

1 reply
sonia-bvkirthik vasan

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks for asking, perhaps it wasn´t clear enough. You need to handle the egg while it is really hot, so, the baking soda makes it peel easily and fast and without imperfections.

If you don´t use baking soda, peeling the egg will take longer and it won´t be hot enough when you put it in the mold, if it´s not hot it won´t take the shape, especially if you are using my technique with an average container.