Carton that makes the perfect boiled egg in 2 mins

Carton that makes the perfect boiled egg in 2 mins
Russian scientists have invented a clever cardboard box that cooks the egg inside perfectly - without a saucepan in sight.

The packaging contains a chemical layer which, when triggered, generates heat and cooks the raw egg in just two minutes, the Daily Mail reported.

It means even the busiest of workers - and the most amateur of cooks - will once again be able to "go to work on an egg."

The 'Gogol Mogol', named after a Russian egg dish, was created by a Russian team of inventors known as KIAN , and designed by Evgeny Morgalev.

The outer layer is made from the sort of paperboard traditionally used to make egg boxes.

Beneath this there are three more layers. One is infused with calcium hydroxide and other chemicals, and the other is a "smart layer" containing water.

Between these two inner layers is a membrane which is removed by pulling a cardboard tab. Once this is taken out, the calcium hydroxide reacts with the water in the smart layer to generate enough heat to cook the egg inside.

The technology has been used in the past to create self-heating cans of sausages and beans, which are popular with campers.

But this is the first time that designers have been able to apply the chemical heat generation, known as an exothermic reaction, to an egg.

Although the egg is cooked after just two minutes, the heating process inside the packaging will continue for up to three minutes.

The Gogol Mogol cannot be reused and must be thrown away after a single use, but has been created out of recycled materials to reduce waste.

It won its designers an award from the European Packaging Design Association.
 

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