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Poaching eggs!

(28 Posts)
wotanuisanceABC123 Mon 02-Nov-15 14:44:36

I'm probably a bit daft, but I had this metal poacher that can hang on a saucepan. It almost rusted away, so I bought another one. I used to completely submerge the eggs in boiling water, but now I'm wondering if one is only supposed to sit the thing in shallow water. My mum used to do it with no kitchen aids but I couldn't manage that. Any advice welcome!

ninathenana Mon 02-Nov-15 14:48:41

I though the 'tray' with the dips to crack the eggs into (think this is what you mean) was supposed to sit proud of the water.

Velogranny Mon 02-Nov-15 14:48:42

Wot, I use those individual silicone poaching pods like these:

I float them in a deep frypan and the eggs take 5 minutes. You have to grease the pods before putting the eggs in, but I've not had any trouble getting them out. Dishwasher friendly too and cheap to buy. HTH :-)

rosesarered Mon 02-Nov-15 14:56:49

I simply use a poaching pan, it takes up to four eggs, the cups are non stick, the pan has a vented lid, simples!

wotanuisanceABC123 Mon 02-Nov-15 15:17:58

Once again I've wasted my money! I have got a poaching pan but never tried it! I also bought silicone pods but they fell over and took agess to cook I spose tbhe principle of the poaching pan is that the eggs aren't submerged in water. I do love poached eggs on toast.!

jollyg Mon 02-Nov-15 15:38:56

Its a doddle.

I use a small rounded bottom pan.

Salt and a drop of vinegar into the water

Eggs must be fresh

When the water boils stirr with a fork then drop the egg from a teacup or similar into the vortex, use fork to gather up the whites.

Drop temp and let it all set.

Drain with a slotted spoon.

Enjoy with buttered toast

Who needs all the nonsense of dishes pods etc.

2 Posts today for me... Is that a record?

I suppse it better than none.

tanith Mon 02-Nov-15 15:46:22

I do mine in a shallow frying pan, boiling water with vinegar in, must be fresh eggs. Drop them in one at a time I turn the heat right down and just let them set, use a slotted spoon and kitchen roll to make sure they are fairly dry and plonk on hot buttered toast I can't just eat one grin

Stansgran Mon 02-Nov-15 17:20:17

I do the same as you Tanith but no vinegar and I use a mini wok.

lefthanded Mon 02-Nov-15 18:02:01

We're still using a poaching pan that we were given as a wedding present - in 1975! Unfortunately the cups are not non-stick but a small amount of butter in the bottom of each is enough to ensure that the eggs release easily.

apricot Mon 02-Nov-15 18:10:19

You know how useless or very rich women were said to be unable to boil an egg? Well I've never poached an egg in my life. I'm no good at eggs because I only eat them rock hard. When a grandchild asks for a boiled egg I have to scramble it instead because you can't see when a boiled egg is done.

Greyduster Mon 02-Nov-15 18:27:18

I had a poaching pan for years and then lost it! (Don't ask - we were always moving!). After that, I simply poached them as above - boiling water, vortex, fresh eggs, vinegar optional! Don't have many failures.

Greyduster Mon 02-Nov-15 18:28:43

P.s. I got some disposable poaching pockets from Aldi. Absolute waste of time and effort - takes twice as long as the above mentioned method.

loopylou Mon 02-Nov-15 20:54:48

Poaching pan for me too, perfect poached eggs and no faff. Mine's 17 years old and going strong.

LullyDully Mon 02-Nov-15 21:09:35

Yes wouldn't be without my poacher. Easy peasy

midgey Mon 02-Nov-15 21:13:40

You only need vinegar if the eggs are not very fresh. A potato masher is ideal to pick the eggs out!

annodomini Mon 02-Nov-15 21:53:42

Immerse eggs in boiling water for 10 seconds, then take them out and crack them into the water. This ensures that the whites don't spread out.

Sillysue Mon 02-Nov-15 22:01:04

My daughter lightly greases a mug dribble of water and microwaves them!, keeps them together nicely. I always use the boiling water and vinegar way but hers are nicer!

NanKate Mon 02-Nov-15 22:03:08

I've just bought a poaching pan from John Lewis at the ridiculous price of £25.00 (to be used on an induction hob). The result was great and almost justifies the money I paid. grin

Luckygirl Mon 02-Nov-15 22:11:20

I have got the poaching pods - the other day my 4 year old DGS wandered in with them up his T-shirt and announced that he had "boobies"! smile

Ana Mon 02-Nov-15 22:15:28

You'd need to poach a lot of eggs to get value for money out of that pan, NanKate!

I use the silicone cups - the size of the pan doesn't matter, just the depth of the water and getting the timing right.

annodomini Mon 02-Nov-15 22:23:32

I've seen those poaching pods in Lakeland and Dunelm. I'm put right off them because they remind me uncomfortably of the device DS2 used inside his cricket trousers to prevent damage to his delicate areas if hit by a fast ball.

feetlebaum Mon 02-Nov-15 22:58:13

I've done it Jollygee's way for years, but recently experimented with the microwave method (you can add a drop of a white vinegar if you want to) and it works very well indeed. The vinegar merely encourages the white to coagulate, and doesn't change the flavour.

I've heard it said that the poaching pan, the one that turns out eggs like oval hockey pucks (only softer!)
, doesn't actually poach, but rather 'steam fries' the eggs.

Indinana Mon 02-Nov-15 23:07:41

I've tried poaching pans and silicone cups, and never been happy with the results. I've finally found a perfect way to do them, which never fails me. One of the TV chefs (I forget which, sorry!) had this method:

Have a pan of boiling water ready, then before cracking open your eggs, place them in a bowl of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Then remove them and crack them into a cup or bowl.
Turn the heat down low and give the boiling water in the pan a good stir so it's swirling round as you add your egg(s) one at a time into the eddy. Then just leave them to gently set in the hot water.

Eggs should be fresh, but a drop of white wine vinegar added to the boiling water should deal with eggs that are a little older.

JamJar1 Mon 02-Nov-15 23:47:10

I have the cups too. Agree with Ana it's all about the timing and the water depth. Get it wrong, rugby

NanKate Tue 03-Nov-15 06:54:54

Yes Ana you are right. Perhaps I might open up a small cafe and offer poached eggs, cheese on toast and Welsh rarebit. These delicious comfort foods are rarely offered in cafés nowadays. It's the only way I will recoup my money. smile