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There's a tool called the 'egg cuber', which is used to make square-shaped eggs. All you have to do is crack the egg into this cube-shaped tool and drop the tool into hot water. Your cube-shaped boiled eggs are ready!
All kinds of novelty kitchen products are being introduced in the market today. While some are overly specific, such as the bell pepper corer, onion holder, corn stripper, etc., others are multipurpose kitchen gadgets that can be used for two to three different purposes.

Manufacturers know how busy people are, and with no time to spare, any gadget or tool that can help reduce elbow grease is always welcome. And that's how different egg tools have come into existence. These tools have been designed to make cooking, serving, and eating eggs much simpler.

However, how many of these tools are must-haves? Not many of us can afford to spend money on such specialized gadgets, especially when there are non-expensive ways of getting the same job done. Thus, in this Buzzle article, besides taking a look at the different egg tools, we'll also take a look at simpler alternatives one can use to accomplish the same task.
Different Types of Specialized Egg Tools
Egg Cups
Egg cups
Specialized egg cups are available in various shapes, sizes, and materials. They may be of the simple or classic type, or may be fancy with intricate patterns on them. Egg cups are available in porcelain, glass, and even in the metal variety. They are used to hold soft-boiled eggs in an upright position, thereby, enabling you to easily crack the top of your egg.
Alternative
Vodka glasses or shot glasses make good alternatives to egg cups. If you don't have vodka glasses, how about using small wine glasses to hold the eggs. In fact, just look around your kitchen for anything that you think will hold your egg in the upright position. Sometimes, even little tea cups make good egg holders.
Egg Slicer
Egg slicer
This specialized tool is used to slice slippery, hard-boiled eggs, nice and evenly. Just one press is enough to obtain even slices. The egg slicer comprises a base for holding the egg and a hinged top with slicing wires to slice it. This tool can also be used to dice eggs, perfect for salads and sandwich fillings. Besides eggs, this slicer can also be used to slice mushrooms, strawberries, soft cheeses, pitted olives, etc. If you make sandwiches frequently, this is a good tool to own.
Alternative
Before the egg slicer was invented, knives were used to slice eggs. Even now, you can use a sharp knife to slice a hard-boiled egg. However, this may be time-consuming, especially if you have many eggs to slice.
Egg Separator
Egg separator
Those who are into baking a large number of cakes during the holiday season definitely need to get an egg separator to make life easier. With this egg separator, you can easily separate the yolk from the white, by allowing the white to pass through and holding the yolk intact. The separators also come with lips and handles, which allow them to rest on the bowl, leaving your hands free to crack the eggs. The handle allows you to conveniently transfer the yolks to another mixing bowl.
Alternative
Not everybody is into baking a large number of cakes; thus, this tool isn't a necessity. If you don't have an egg separator, simply crack the egg into half, and carefully separate the two halves, such that the yolk remains intact. Pour the egg white into a bowl, and then use the empty shell to pass the yolk back and forth, until the yolk has been separated from the white.
Egg Rings
Egg rings
These tools or rings are used to prepare perfectly shaped fried eggs. So, often when you crack an egg to prepare a sunny-side up, the egg white runs to the sides of the pan, causing the egg to look weird. Egg rings help contain the egg white, which give the perfect shape that is desired. These rings are made of heat-resistant materials, and come with little handles to easily lift it off the pan. They are also available in various interesting shapes.
Alternative
An interesting alternative would be to use slices of bell pepper (horizontal slices) to contain the eggs. Since bell peppers have naturally appealing colors and shapes, they form 'eggcellent' rings. You can even cut out bread rings using cookie cutters and then use the frame to hold the egg. However, the egg will fuse with the bread.
Deviled Egg Holder
Deviled egg holder
If deviled eggs are frequently prepared and eaten at home, it's time you purchased a deviled egg holder. This dish comes with egg-shaped slots to hold the eggs in place. Often, you find your eggs tilting on the plate, making a mess of the final presentation. With these egg holders, you no longer have to worry about them standing firm. Then there are specialized deep spoons to hold the eggs as well. Disposable egg holders are also available.
Alternative
If you prepare deviled eggs once in a while, and don't want to invest in a specialized holder, you can use small onion rings to hold the eggs. However, choosing the right size becomes time-consuming. Or else you can cut out cucumber rings using circular cookie cutters to hoist your deviled eggs. But perfecting these alternatives will take time and practice.
Egg Timer
Egg timer
Cooking soft-boiled eggs is always a gamble. How many times have we intended to make soft-boiled eggs, only to end up overcooking them. Taking them out of the boiling water at the exact minute, every busy morning can be challenging. However, with an egg timer, you needn't worry about forgetting about the eggs, because the buzzer will let you know when it's time. Just set the time, and wait for the buzzer to go off.
Alternative
Since we all own cell phones today, the cell phone timer is something we can easily use to help keep tab of the time. When the timer beeps, you can take out your eggs. Or else you can use your stop watch; however, you'll have to keep checking it.
Electric Egg Boiler
Egg boiler
Like electric rice cookers, egg boilers are kitchen appliances that make cooking easier. Just pour a specified quantity of water into the boiler and place the eggs into the holder. Piercing them prior to boiling can help prevent them from cracking. Then, simply place the lid on and adjust the egg control panel to desired doneness: soft, medium, or hard. Switch the boiler on and wait for the beep. These boilers come with different capacities, so purchase one according to your family's egg consumption capacity.
Alternative
The conventional method of boiling eggs has been to use a cooking pot filled with water. You can use any pot you like; just make sure it can hold enough water to submerge the eggs. However, you will have to keep an eye on the time for desired level of doneness.
Egg Whisk
Egg whisk
Egg whisks are used to air egg whites for fluffy omelets, pancake batter, etc., and even to prepare egg washes. These whisks may be of different kinds: balloon, flat, spiral, etc. Balloon whisks are great to work with eggs, because they help incorporate air easily. They are again available in different materials, so choose according to your personal preference.
Alternative
To whisk eggs for an omelet, simply use your spoon. However, airing the eggs with the spoon will take longer. You can also use a fork to whisk your eggs.
Electric Egg Beater
Electric egg beater
An electric egg beater is required to beat egg whites to a fluff, to form stiff peaks, etc., which give cakes their fluffiness. This electrical appliance helps aerate egg whites rapidly and at an even pace. They are excellent and especially useful while beating a large number of eggs.
Alternative
A hand rotatory beater can be used instead of the electric type; however, it demands more time and energy. It's useful in places that experience frequent power cuts.
Piping Bag
Piping bag with egg
The biggest mistake people make while preparing deviled eggs is spooning the filling into the egg white halves. Spooning gives a shabby finish and causes the deviled eggs to look messy and unappetizing. It's important to use a piping bag to pipe out the yolk filling.
Alternative
If you're not into baking and do not have a piping bag at home, simply take a Ziploc bag and fill it up with the mixture. Squeeze the mixture such that it's forced to collect at one end. Then snip off the tip and pipe out the filling.
With or without these specialized egg tools, eggs have been cooked and relished for ages. So, don't get too caught up with purchasing these egg-friendly tools. If you're cooking for a large family on a daily basis, some of these tools may save a lot of elbow grease; however, if it's just the four of you, accumulating such tools leads to unwanted clutter in the kitchen cabinets. So, purchase wisely!