I love a good kitchen hack. Little tricks that make kitchen chores easier are a big win in my book. Recently I was Googling around for variations on egg salad sandwich. Not for the blog; I was just wanting to make one and was sort of bored of my usual method. That's when I saw a few links that said you could hard boil eggs in the oven.
What?!?! Does that work? Is it weird? Is this an Internet trick or the real deal?
Obviously I had to try it out.
I read a couple different sites but ended up basically following this method. You place eggs into a muffin pan. I baked a whole dozen because I was optimistic, but if you don't use all the cups, you can fill the unused ones half full with water so they don't warp as you bake (I also do this when I have one left over from a muffin recipe that just doesn't quite make enough batter).
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Once I removed them from the oven, I immediately plunged them into a bowl of ice water and let them sit for 10 minutes.
But, what I did love about this was my kitchen was significantly less, uh, smelly. You can always tell when someone is hard boiling eggs, as it has a very distinct (and sort of unpleasant) smell. Baking them in the oven definitely reduced the smell, so that was nice.
One thing I noticed was that a few of my eggs had dark brown spots. I think this was a result of where the egg touched the muffin pan while baking. It didn't change the taste, but the texture in these dark spot areas was different. But they were so small that it was easy to just slice off that small bit. Next time I'm going to try rotating the eggs halfway through baking.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.