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Life is not worth living without an egg cuber.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His latest book is Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of DIY
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The ad may be vintage, but you can still buy the egg cuber today!
I’ve got one of these, bought it off ebay a few years ago. They do work quite well.
Just say “http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zTwkDmyMfOY/SKY6WJQZPMI/AAAAAAAAAA8/TyjTyuC6wnI/s400/Donald_Duck_-_Lost_in_the_Andes_Coverart.png”… preferably in duck talk.
My wife and I had the lovely pleasure to receive this as a wedding gift from my awesome brother!
Ah, I found one of those while cleaning my kitchen (left by a previous roommate) and threw it out because I had no idea what it was for. Now I’m regretting my decision.
A video of the egg cuber in action: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5602519909054261945#
I own one of these, and enjoy it, on rare occasions. I would rather have an egg-cuber in my limited kitchen storage space than a variety of other single-purpose food gadgets (pizza stone, popcorn popper, to each their own). Anyway, it’s fun and goofy, and makes a humorous deviled egg. Note that the yolk gets cubed too when the egg is compressed!
However, there are some hassles. First, the egg needs to be warm, so you need to somehow peel it as soon as possible after hard-boiling it, and that is tricky. Second, you can only cube one egg at a time. I envision some sort of cuber that can do a dozen at once, looking sort of like an ice cube tray.
I bet if you put a rectangular box around a baby banana and let it grow inside the box, you’d end up with a rectangular banana.
Just imagine that.
I got really into packing Bento boxes daily with my wife about a year ago. If you search for “egg shapers” you can find everything from your favorite pokemon to fire trucks that you can make your eggs into.
Had one as a kid. Still have it somewhere.
…and have no idea why?
Oh, life is more fun WITH an Egg Cuber! A dear friend gave me one a few years ago.
It’s a lot of fun to add a cross-sectioned cubed egg as a garnish, as the yolk ends up cubed, too.
Now the Chinese weren’t making these to sell to other Chinese. So back when this was commissioned, 40-odd years ago, it was *already* more profitable to outsource the manufacturing, even given shipping and coordination costs. Frightening, given that the process has probably been close to exponential since it began. What. A. Mess.
my mum still has hers, makes perfect sense if you are making sandwiches (no gaps)
Dang… the URL I supplied got messed up. Still, you clever folks should be able to work out what the correct version should be – I have faith :)
I love the fact that the manual doesn’t try to explain or justify the product. It’s simply for consumers who would enjoy the pleasure of serving cube-shaped eggs — and why shouldn’t they?
Egg Cuber: It does what it says; it says what it does.
We were wondering how they got a square egg through a round hole.
Wrote about this gadget too.
why??????????????what do i need a cubed egg for?
you can find these in thrift stores, if you’re lucky, from time to time. i’ve never had the inclination to try one, though, because i can’t stand hard-boiled eggs. : /
I have one of these and it really works! Especially if you’re making some dishes with whole boiled eggs, they look really good!
I got some egg molds from a bento website, in the shape of bear and bunny heads. Never used them though. Peeling an egg while it’s still warm is just such a pain! I can live with round eggs.
Cube shaped eggs. Second only to egg shaped eggs.
We had one of these when I was a kid, too. It’s an odd thing to be nostalgic about, but after seeing this post I do sort of miss it.
For the folks complaining about the difficulty of peeling a warm egg–wouldn’t it be possible to re-warm your egg by dunking it in hot water for a few minutes after you peel it?
Oh, I had one of those too. It made school lunch more interesting, and even managed to fool some of the other 6th graders….
Bah, humbug. I get my square eggs by the 64 from Plain Awful. Doesn’t everyone?
I have one of these, given to me as a housewarming present of all things ;)
I used it to make an egg pyramid for a potluck party.
my mom still has ours and my 4 little ones love it.
i am 99% sure ours came from amway.
well, like 50% sure. the 70′s and amway are inexorably linked in my mind.
I purchased one of these a two or three years ago from Cost Plus World Market. Even the packaging was the same. It may still be possible to find them!
EGG CUBER…MAKING LIFE SAVING INVENTIONS OUT OF HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS EGG CUBERR!
I don’t know why my mind read the title that way. It must be the MacGruber ads all over websites recently.
I have a couple. Cubed eggs stack better for picnics, and make great lookin’ deviled eggs.
I also have a Muji ice sphere maker. Why must I be so contrary?
My mother, during her Tupperware-frenzy phase, bought us kids a set of Busy Blocks (you can find an image at http://toymuseum.bravepages.com/tupperware/tuppersets.html). Because the blocks open and close, she experimented – successfully – with using them as egg-cubers. Having a set also meant she was able to create several simultaneously (handy when there are five of you in the family).
And to cap it all, they were ridiculously easy to clean, compared to those glass jars. A mother of invention, by necessity…
i have the same one that you posted in the kitchen cabinet somewere. same color and everything i think its older then i am
Gotta make a pair of those eggs, draw spots on them, tell a tabloid newspaper that they came out of a chicken that way, miraculously.
Headline: “God Lays Dice”
i have it in my kitchen… :)
My grandfather had one of those when I was a kid, and I used to make a cubed egg whenever I visited–it was awesome.
Will “Life is not worth living without a BLANK” become the next “Look at this banana BLANK, just look at it?”
Will egg-shapers become the new “Just look at it” meme? Stay tuned.
What next – a gadget to make a round Rubik’s cube?
Hey Anonymous #29,
Get wit da times! http://www.gearfuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/3d-iq-sphere.jpg
I had one of these too! I thought it was yellow from being old, guess not – it looks yellow in the picture.
we had one years ago, and loved it
I had one of those as a kid!
Why? I have no idea.
Sweet Jebus! I think my grandmother had one of those!
“Life is not worth living with an egg cuber.”
How right you are. *checks tension on noose*
Thank you, Chinese gadget merchants, for identifying and then solving one of nature’s most egregious design flaws. I have no doubt that the whole world, with the possible exception of the chicken’s ass, would consider this a step in the right direction.
@ #4 – Eggs don’t come out of a chicken’s ass
Um, they kind of do.
I assume you meant “not worth living,” as I am feeling a distinct hole in my life right now. To think I have made do with slices, dices, and fancy wedges all this time when all along I could have been contemplating the cubed ovoid.
I’m just admiring their forthright slogan: “makes a square egg”.
I had one of these as a kid!
Oh my. I’d forgotten we had one of these when I was a child. Why? I have no idea.
I have one of these devices sitting right in front of me, here on my desk. Right next to my monitor. I found it in 1988 in the kitchen cabinet of a relative who had passed away. I’ve never had any idea what it was for, until just now. A 22-year mystery solved.
Hey! I have one of these. I probably bought it partly because of the Donald Duck story “Lost in the Andes.”
This image omits my favourite part of the packaging, which is a drawing of a hen cartoon-swearing in pain. (Scroll down at: http://threeswinginchicks.blogspot.com/2008/12/santa-chick.html )
Mine came from World Market, but that was years ago.
Yes, the late Carl Barks knew about square eggs… the last time I saw him he drew this for me: http://webs.lanset.com/vibrocount/Resources/DDAndes2.JPG
The egg cuber is the most amazing invention ever. I want to get one, take a carton of eggs, cook’em, cube’em, stack’em, then freeze’em, pull it out a few days later, and have a MEGGACUBE.
Sure, make fun now, but in a month there will be a post here at BoingBoing on how to make one of these. A steam-punk square egg maker. With dials and stuff.
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