What is an Egg Slicer?
An egg slicer is a kitchen gadget which is designed to facilitate the slicing of hardboiled eggs. The device can also be used to slice other soft foods, such as strawberries. Generally, only perfectionist cooks or those who handle a large volume of food have need for an egg slicer, and the device is otherwise considered a bit esoteric. Some kitchen supply stores stock egg slicers, and variants can also be ordered through culinary supply companies.
The basic design of an egg slicer is comprised of two parts, joined with a hinge. The bottom section is a slotted, scooped container which is designed to hold an egg. The other section is a series of thin wires stretched on a framework. When the wire egg slicer is brought down, it neatly slices the cradled egg into a set of evenly cut slivers. When soft fruits and vegetables are used, the same effect can be obtained, although egg slicers which are designed for this purpose as well tend to be slightly more sturdy.
The bottom component of an egg slicer is usually made from plastic, although all metal egg slicers are available. Usually, the device is designed to be used on a counter top. In other cases, the egg slicer is meant to be a hand held device, with the cook squeezing down on the handles to extrude slices of egg. This type of egg slicer can be useful for quickly dropping egg or vegetable slices onto salads and other dishes.
Since slicing a hardboiled egg can be a messy process, cooks who handle a large number of hardboiled eggs often appreciate an egg slicer. The uniform slices look neater, which is important for professional presentations at restaurants and catered events. In addition, using an egg slicer means that the egg does not need to be handled beyond the peeling stage, which is more sanitary. As the white flesh of eggs tends to accumulate dirt, the hands-off approach also keeps the egg cleaner.
When seeking out an egg slicer, look for a well made version which will not fall apart with use. In many cases, an egg slicer is designed to be dishwasher safe, although you may prefer to wash an egg slicer by hand to make sure that all of the crannies of the device are cleaned. Wiping the gadget down after washing is a good idea as well, since it will inhibit rust formation on the wires of the slicer.
I think the best egg slicer is definitely one that can go into the dishwasher. I enjoy cooking and using fun gadgets, but I really hate the cleanup process. I pretty much refuse to use anything that can't go into the dishwasher!
I've been considering getting an egg slicer, and I'm definitely going to make sure whatever one I get is dishwasher safe. I don't mind rinsing it down before I put it in the dishwasher, but I draw the line at washing it by hand!
@strawCake - I worked as a waitress when I was younger also. The restaurant I worked at (and I assume most restaurants) didn't prepare their own hardboiled eggs. Instead, we used pre-made hardboiled eggs that came in buckets of some kind of brine water. I've never been able to eat a hardboiled egg since then!
However, I recently received a Kitchenaid egg slicer as a gift. I was trying to figure out what to do with it, and I'm relieved to know I could also use it to chop vegetables. I would hate to see a kitchen utensil go to waste, but I just can't stand hardboiled eggs!
The only time I've ever used an egg slicer was when I was a waitress. I worked in a diner-type establishment, and the waitresses were responsible for preparing dinner salads. We had one salad that came with hardboiled egg on top, so we had to slice the egg with the egg slicer so it looked presentable.
We kept several stainless egg slicers near out salad bar area in the kitchen. From what I remember, we definitely didn't wash them between every egg that was sliced. I think we were supposed to put them in the dish room at the end of every shift, but from what I remember that procedure wasn't usually followed.
@shell4life – It is hard to clean one without a detachable spray hose. That's what I use, and it is the only way to get all of the egg particles off quickly.
My kitchen sink has a hose with a spray nozzle off to the side. I can pull this up and maneuver it around. I have really high water pressure at my house, so it delivers a powerful spray of water.
I turn the hot water as high as it will go and spray the egg slicer at close range. The pieces of egg go flying off, and I don't even have to rub it down.
I used an egg slicer on a basket of Easter eggs, after the hunt was over. The kids were much more willing to eat the eggs in small slices than in one large hunk.
Also, when you slice eggs, you have more of a surface to cover in salt and pepper. When you eat an egg whole, you can only season the surface, unless you keep a shaker on hand and re-season between bites.
The only problem I had with the slicer was that it was difficult to clean. I had to soak it in hot water to get all the egg off of it, and I worried that this might make it rust. Does anyone have any suggestions for cleaning an egg slicer?
@Oceana – I use my egg slicer on cucumbers, too. I like to make salads that include both eggs and cucumber slices, and the slicer makes this quick and easy.
Some people peel their cucumbers first, but I like to eat the whole thing. I do like you do with the zucchini and just chop a piece to fit. Then, I slice it in one motion and pile it onto my salad.
I tried to slice a tomato like this, but it was way too messy. There's far too much goo and liquid involved with slicing that vegetable. I think it's best to stick to vegetables that hold their structure, even when the peeling is removed.
@julies – Egg slicers also work great for chopping up zucchini and squash. I like to chop mine into sections before placing them in the steamer, because they cook more thoroughly this way.
Both of these vegetables are quite soft and can easily be sliced with this device. All you have to do is cut them into about two or three sections first, so that they are about the size of an egg and can fit into the slicer.
I honestly never thought I would use mine, because it was a wedding gift, and the giver did not know that I don't like hard-boiled eggs. I was elated to discover that it works great on my favorite vegetables.
Even though my food slicer is called an egg slicer, I use it for many other things besides eggs.
The main reason I bought my slicer was for strawberries and bananas. I like to cut up pieces of fresh fruit and dry them in the dehydrator.
An egg slicer works perfectly for this and makes the process very quick and easy. When we are making our own pizza at home, I also use it to slice mushrooms.
If I am making egg salad, it works great to chop up the eggs. I will slice the eggs one way, and then slice them the other way, so it easily chops them in smaller pieces for egg salad.
An egg slicer is one of those kitchen gadgets that doesn't cost much, and is well worth the money.
If you are looking at buying one, I would definitely go with a stainless steel egg slicer. You can spend less money and buy a plastic one, but you will get frustrated with it, and it will probably just sit unused in the drawer.
The thin wires are really sharp, but that is what makes them so easy to use. Most of them can be put in the dishwasher, but I prefer to hand wash mine and dry it off right away to prevent any rust stains.
I love my mandoline slicer and use it all the time. The first egg slicer I bought was from Pampered Chef, and this has lasted me a long time.
If you are wanting sliced eggs for a salad, not only does it make quick work, but the slices are all uniform and makes the salad look very appetizing.
I also use my egg slicer to slice olives. This is much easier and quicker than using a knife. I keep my egg slicer in my utensil drawer and find myself using it several times a week.
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