Skeptical Shopper: Born Free Hard Boiled Peeled Eggs

Our first reaction to seeing this bag of ready-to-eat, hard-boiled eggs in the grocery store was along the lines of, "That's ridiculous." In fact, that's exactly what our husband said when we put them in our basket.

Why did we buy them when we are perfectly capable of hard-boiling our own? Because to give you a full report, we needed to slice and taste a few. Could this new convenience product have a place in our kitchen?The short answer is no.

Their merit lies in the fact that they are uniform size and have relatively well-centered yolks. If you are making a bunch of deviled eggs and don't want to run the risk of having lopsided yolks that are hard to scoop out — or ragged whites from a difficult-to-peel shell — these eggs solve that problem while saving you time.

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And while we only saw the cage free eggs in our store, Born Free sells organic ones, too. We've also seen bags of organic, ready-to-eat eggs from a brand called Egg Innovations.

The cons: They tasted stale, the whites were rubbery, and the yolks were pretty hard. Our bag contained 11 eggs and cost $4.59, which isn't a premium we're willing to pay.

Are you? Would you buy these bagged, hard-boiled eggs?

A better option:

(All images: Elizabeth Passarella)

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