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Jul 19, 2007 03:41 AM

Transporting deviled eggs?

Have to take something like 4 dozen eggs' worth of deviled eggs to an office party first thing tomorrow morning. (I couldn't find those special containers, but they only handle a dozen anyway, I think. And I'd hate to buy several of something I'll only use once or twice.) Any ideas how to transport them?

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  1. Skewer a row of them with bamboo skewers? The holes might not be too noticable when the skewers were removed. Or you could serve them that way, on a platter, and let the eaters remove them one by one.

    1. Mini muffin tins might be a way to stabilize them. Or cutting the cardboard tube in a roll of paper towals or wrapping paper in half and setting the eggs in there in long rows of them cut to fit in a deep dish pan or box.

      1. Run around your neighborhood knocking on doors until you have enough egg cartons.

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        1. re: yayadave

          How would you transport deviled eggs in egg cartons? I use square food storage containers and put a layer of paper towels in the bottom and then put them in jowl to jowl so to speak.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Well, uh, egg cartons are designed to carry, uh, eggs.

            1. re: yayadave

              Yes, but if they are deviled, they are cut in half lengthwise and won't fit into the "pockets" or whatever they are called - was just wondering if you knew a way to adapt them for this purpose.

              1. re: MMRuth

                Ah Ha!! Good point! Too bad if L.K. is out knocking on the neighbor's doors and hasn't read this.

                1. re: yayadave

                  He he - and, presumably if LK bought the eggs to devil them, she would have containers!

                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Yeah, but you need twice as many. I've heard that "they are cut in half lenghtwise." I might have to look for a video on this.

                    1. re: yayadave

                      Radical thought:
                      - WHY do they have to be cut in half lengthwise???
                      Has anyone ever tried cutting them the other way???!!!!!
                      (If this becomes a fad, I claim credit).

                      1. re: aurora50

                        I actually have done them that way sometimes - I can't remember why - maybe because the egg yolk was more on one side of the egg than the other and I thought I'd get better "cups" out of them that way.

                        1. re: aurora50

                          You can do them standing tall, but you really only get one per egg, not two as you do when they are cut longways. You cut the top off about 1/3 down and scoop out the yolk from there. You can place the top back on as a cap or add it to the filling. However you need to trim a piece off the bottom so they stand up. It looks very nice - more elegant than the normal (probably just because they are different).

                          1. re: lupaglupa

                            I've seen them served this way, too. I find them harder to eat, though. Sliced in half lengthwise imo is a little easier to take a bite from (although guys seem to always pop the whole thing into their mouths-- but that's only half an egg, 2/3 of one might be a little trickier)...

                            1. re: foodstorm

                              Guys who popped the whole thing into their mouths were just waiting around for someone to invent amuse bouche.

                          2. re: aurora50

                            it makes them harder to serve...they really do have to be served in cups that way, not laid out on a plate (they would fall over)

                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                              Not if they're served in their original egg cartons!
                              (That's what I did for Halloween.)

                      2. re: MMRuth

                        How 'bout not filling them until you get to work. Put both halves together and put into an egg carton. Then fill there.

                        I've personally found that the best way to transport deviled eggs is in my stomach.


                      3. re: yayadave

                        besides the geometric issue MM brings up jfood would not recommend placing the cooked deviled eggs in contact with the surface that was next to the outside of a raw egg for fear of x-contamination.

                        1. re: yayadave

                          I don't think it would be wise to place deviled eggs in egg cartons--not sanitary.. The shells are sometimes dirty and could contaminate your cooked eggs.

                    2. Take the two halves and stick them together. Put them into a shallow container - like a tupperware dish. When you get to the party, pull them apart with a twisting motion. Use a butter kinife to redistribute any filling where one has too much and another too little. Use the knife to smooth the tops if necessary.

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                      1. re: lupaglupa

                        ...and carry a container of paprika with you so you can sprinkle them after you do this. The paprika will cover up a multitude of sins.

                      2. While I would recommend using a large crumpled sheet of foil on a cookie sheet to create indents, to me the bigger issue with deviled eggs is that the tops get unappealingly crusty and dark yellow if they've been prepped too far in advance.

                        Here's what I do: put the filling in a plastic bag, carry whites in plastic containers. Carry your platter separately. Just before you're ready to serve, arrange all the whites on platter, cut off corner of bag containing filling and fill all the whites. You may also want to bring another baggie of chopped chives or parsley for sprinkling on top.

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                        1. re: Niblet

                          Great idea. I also fill mine using the filling in a plastic bag - much neater.

                            1. re: Niblet

                              I do the same. Much easier and it takes just minutes to fill the egg whites if you do it with the plastic bag trick.