Use This Clever Hack to Quickly and Easily Chop Hard-Boiled Eggs

published Mar 26, 2022
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We Tried 7 Ways to Hard-Boil Eggs and Found a Clear Winner

Ah, spring. ‘Tis the season for colorful blooms, irritating allergies, and light, spring-inspired dishes. When I think spring eating, I think asparagus salad, the beginning of berry season, and eggs. There’s something about springtime fertility and Easter that gives me a hankerin’ for egg salad.

If you’re a fellow egg salad lover, then you might dislike chopping eggs as much as I do. After you’ve done all of the hard work of boiling, cooling, and peeling egg after egg, chopping is purely annoying. The round eggs don’t want to stay put on a cutting board and are plain awkward to chop.

But my days of disgruntled chopping are over, thanks to a fun egg chopping hack on the @budgetbytes Instagram — and honestly, I’ll never go back to doing it the old way. The caption reads, “We used to do this in the restaurant biz when making big batches of egg salad.”

The trick uses a surprising kitchen item: a grid-style cooling rack. You set the rack securely over a bowl, place a peeled egg on top, and press. The egg is forced through the little squares and pops out the other side perfectly chopped. It’s the best. I suggest trying this method if you’re chopping more than a few eggs, which makes cleaning the cooling rack worth the saved time and effort.

The Pioneer Woman also posted this handy tip on Facebook several years ago, proclaiming it “takes less than a minute to do a dozen eggs.” This trick also works with avocados when you’re making guacamole. I’ll be keeping my cooling rack handy all spring long — especially when it’s time for Easter leftovers.