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How to make molded eggs for a bento picnic

I’m currently working with BritMums and British Lion Eggs on the Shortcut Eggsperts programme. Our latest challenge is all about creating egg dishes for summer outdoor dining. The weather has been amazing lately and we’ve been enjoying lots of picnics in the sunshine. My children love it when I surprise them with a fun bento lunch and I thought I would show how to make molded eggs for a bento picnic.

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How to make molded eggs for a bento picnic

You will need egg molds (I bought animal ones from Amazon) and eggs

First you need to hard boil your eggs. Place the eggs in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil, then boil for 8 minutes. Then you need to remove the shell as quickly as you can, I do this under the cold tap so I don’t burn my fingers!

When you’ve removed all the shell place your egg into your egg mold and slowly close the lid and snap it shut. A little bit of the egg might squeeze out from the mold but don’t worry – this can be trimmed later.

Leave the egg molds in a bowl of cold water for at least 10 minutes before removing from their molds. You should have beautifully shaped eggs.

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How to make a bento picnic

My children love a bento picnic. We’ve been using a brilliant bento lunchbox from Munchkin which has three divided compartments. I use silicone cupcake cases if I need more compartments. Fridays tend to be a bento lunch as we don’t have any activities other than nursery in the afternoon. It means I can spend a little longer preparing lunch 🙂

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I placed the molded hard boiled egg in a cupcake case along with ham finger sandwiches, a Babybel and a couple of crackers. I also added tomatoes, cucumber cut into flowers and some chopped yellow pepper.  I used some of my favourite picks to decorate the Babybel and vegetables.

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My children loved their bento picnic, especially the molded eggs which are really fun. They don’t take too long to make and are a great alternative to the normal picnic staples of egg sandwiches or quiche.



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    mellissa williams
    June 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I bet children love the eggs and anything that makes them eat good food is fine by me!

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    Rollercoaster Mum
    June 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Oh wow I love these! I think I may just have to get some as the girls have gone off eggs a bit recently (partly due to the endless supply from our chickens) and this might just persuade them to eat them again!

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    Joanna Imran
    June 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    My LO loves his eggs, even though he’s only 1 I think he’d absolutely love these!

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    June 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    These are fab! And your bento box looks great, my kids would be jealous for sure!

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    June 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Oh this is so brilliant, I’ve seen these for sale but never knew how to use them. I’m off to get some on ebay now!

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    June 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    That is fab! I didn’t know you could do that with eggs x

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    June 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

    i have a feeling my girls would love these!!

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    VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood
    June 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is so cute! It could get everybody eating eggs.

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    Sonya Cisco
    June 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I LOVE that – have never ever seen it done before, and now I totally am going to buy some moulds!

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    June 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    These are amazing!! My kids would absolutely love these….off to amazon!!

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    June 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    These are amazing – I’m off to have a hunt for some.

    Thanks for sharing x

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    June 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I bet you children love opening up their lunch boxes every day! Such a wonderful idea! x

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    June 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    The twins love eggs and would love these! I may have to shop 🙂 x

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    Bex Smith
    June 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    This is a fantastic post – my son is a bit hit and miss with eggs but I am sure he would LOVE them if they were like this!

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    Angela Spicer
    June 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    what a great idea for a boiled egg.

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    June 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I didn’t know you could shape eggs! That is so cool and am loving the picnic.

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    June 30, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Wow! These look amazing! They would go down a treat in our house 🙂

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    July 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I was given some of these molds and had no idea what to do with them… i do :0)

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