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(The Takeout)   Professional chef, quizzed on why so many As Seen On TV gadgets are made for eggs, believes they're meant not for the doofus who has no idea how to cook eggs, but for the cook who wants to make eggs correctly and consistently   (thetakeout.com) divider line
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2021-09-12 7:52:23 PM  
I was hoping one of them would be worth using.
 
2021-09-12 7:55:23 PM  
Sounds like someone with an egg gadget to sell
 
2021-09-12 8:07:50 PM  

propasaurus: Sounds like someone with an egg gadget to sell


You didn't read the article, I see.
 
2021-09-12 8:09:45 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: propasaurus: Sounds like someone with an egg gadget to sell

You didn't read the article, I see.


There are articles?
 
2021-09-12 8:24:32 PM  
I've been cooking eggs since about 1965.  I don't need help or advice.
 
2021-09-12 8:27:19 PM  
Perfect eggs are what you pay someone else to make for you. Eggs go from delicious to superb. Are there really "bad" eggs? No, they're all varying degrees away from perfect... but hardy ever inedible. So you screwed up the poaching. The end result is still good. Oops, you got a hard boiled egg instead of a soft boiled egg. Oh no. eat it anyway and it's good.

So, just accept defeat, enjoy the eggs, and pay a professional on occasion to get that egg perfect and if it's not, send it back to the kitchen.
 
2021-09-12 8:49:38 PM  
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I got one of these at a work white elephant thing. It actually works really well, but it's not dishwasher safe. I think we ended up donating it to Goodwill or something.
 
2021-09-12 8:53:24 PM  
About the only thing I've ever purchased exclusively with eggs in mind was one of these pans,
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Makes lovely poached eggs, (just don't forget the lube.) It's perfect for eggs Benny, everyone gets to eat at the same time.
Then just pull out the insert, and it's a regular pan.
 
2021-09-12 8:54:47 PM  

propasaurus: thatguyoverthere70: propasaurus: Sounds like someone with an egg gadget to sell

You didn't read the article, I see.

There are articles?


That's the yolk.
 
2021-09-12 9:35:01 PM  
I was the proud recipient of the original Eggstractor one Christmas and I can assure you that it's precisely as useless as it looks. But it was a great Christmas gift because I'll never forget how bad it was.  And every time I do it brings a smile to my face.

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2021-09-12 10:03:25 PM  
the only gadget i have is an automatic egg cooker.  Doesn't take up much space, and I can do 7 eggs at a time, and go from Soft or hard boil.  Just use water as a timer.
 
2021-09-12 10:08:22 PM  
I hate eggs
And I want one of those egg cylinder shiatting cookers so I can make them for the family
 
2021-09-12 10:25:38 PM  
They at for the chef for a wealthy wealthy family who insists on consitancy
 
2021-09-12 11:42:46 PM  

Redh8t: About the only thing I've ever purchased exclusively with eggs in mind was one of these pans,
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Makes lovely poached eggs, (just don't forget the lube.) It's perfect for eggs Benny, everyone gets to eat at the same time.
Then just pull out the insert, and it's a regular pan.


My wife got me an egg poacher thing. It does hard and soft boiled and omelettes but I do 2 poached eggs every morning on homemade toast, never cooked wrong and almost no cleanup. It is almost as important to me as the coffee maker.
 
2021-09-12 11:43:22 PM  

kkinnison: the only gadget i have is an automatic egg cooker.  Doesn't take up much space, and I can do 7 eggs at a time, and go from Soft or hard boil.  Just use water as a timer.


Yeah that's what I'm talking about!
 
2021-09-13 12:26:43 AM  
Cast iron skillet, what else do you need?
 
2021-09-13 12:35:30 AM  
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2021-09-13 1:00:36 AM  
I've got one but I'm not sure it counts.

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2021-09-13 1:14:44 AM  
I can see poached eggs being a pain in the ass for a large group or churning them out at a restaurant, but they're incredibly easy at home.

Just bring a small pot of water (with a splash of vinegar) up to a boil, take pot off heat, drop in eggs, cover, and let cook for 3 minutes. That's it.

If you want to avoid the whispy part of the yolk, then crack the eggs into a colander first.
 
2021-09-13 1:34:02 AM  
Restaurants with eggs Benedict on the menu just use a large pot of water always going on the stove.
 
2021-09-13 2:21:03 AM  
FTFA: To make eggs properly is difficult

No, it really isn't.
 
2021-09-13 2:27:35 AM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: I can see poached eggs being a pain in the ass for a large group or churning them out at a restaurant, but they're incredibly easy at home.

Just bring a small pot of water (with a splash of vinegar) up to a boil, take pot off heat, drop in eggs, cover, and let cook for 3 minutes. That's it.

If you want to avoid the whispy part of the yolk, then crack the eggs into a colander first.


If you like sour eggs. The vinegar is totally unnecessary. And you can just put the pot on at a temp that gives you little bubbles in the water, you don't have to take it off the heat or cover it or anything.

/also I have one of these for home to get rid of the whispy parts Badass Perforated (aka Egg) Spoon - Michael Ruhlman But you can use a slotted spoon just as easily.
 
2021-09-13 2:33:31 AM  

Redh8t: About the only thing I've ever purchased exclusively with eggs in mind was one of these pans,
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Makes lovely poached eggs, (just don't forget the lube.) It's perfect for eggs Benny, everyone gets to eat at the same time.
Then just pull out the insert, and it's a regular pan.


You can also use ramekins in a pot. I hate buying extra kitchen shiat that doesn't do anything else, but I live in an apartment.
 
2021-09-13 2:41:13 AM  
FTA: "Whereas more general equipment like pots and pans with a little practice can get the job done the same if not better."

Et voilà!
 
2021-09-13 2:55:07 AM  

J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: I can see poached eggs being a pain in the ass for a large group or churning them out at a restaurant, but they're incredibly easy at home.

Just bring a small pot of water (with a splash of vinegar) up to a boil, take pot off heat, drop in eggs, cover, and let cook for 3 minutes. That's it.

If you want to avoid the whispy part of the yolk, then crack the eggs into a colander first.

If you like sour eggs. The vinegar is totally unnecessary. And you can just put the pot on at a temp that gives you little bubbles in the water, you don't have to take it off the heat or cover it or anything.

/also I have one of these for home to get rid of the whispy parts Badass Perforated (aka Egg) Spoon - Michael Ruhlman But you can use a slotted spoon just as easily.


The vinegar helps the whites set up quicker, ensuring the yolks stay liquid. And it doesn't impart any flavor to the egg itself. Sure, you can probably get away without it but it's easy to add a splash and it does no harm.   And of course you can just monitor the water temp, but to me it's just easier to pull the pot off and get the egg in 3 minutes so I can free up stove space and worry about other stuff.
 
2021-09-13 3:25:32 AM  
A lot of such devices are for people with disabilities, especially of manual dexterity or vision. No one talks about them that way, though.
 
2021-09-13 3:44:04 AM  
"If you do not desist, I'll be forced to take this and insert it in a certain place with such power and such venom that for years to come sitting will be uncomfortable, walking will be painful and running for a bus will be almost impossible." - Gareth Blackstock (talking about an As-Seen-On-TV gadget, I think).

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2021-09-13 4:16:25 AM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: The vinegar helps the whites set up quicker


Why would you want that? Adding enough vinegar to lower the pH of the water can change the texture of the egg whites, or overcook them before the yolk is done.

And yeah, I understand the idea is that it helps them not be wispy, but that's bullshiat too. If you poach an old egg all the vinegar in your kitchen isn't going to make it not wispy, or keep the white from completely separating from the yolk. The best way to ensure they don't have rouge whites on your poached eggs is get fresh eggs, and put them on a slotted spot to let the detached whites fall way. That said if you aren't presenting them as some kind of special plating, you're just throwing away egg white you could be eating.

Just another food myth that's complicating something that's super simple.
 
2021-09-13 5:22:30 AM  

Redh8t: (just don't forget the lube.)


Story of my life.
 
2021-09-13 6:24:19 AM  
I do hard-boiled eggs in the pressure cooker but that's about it

Don't like them too much
 
2021-09-13 6:59:48 AM  
Does it take up space on a shelf and do exactly one thing which isn't hard to do in the first place?

Unless it was specifically designed for people who unable to do it due to disability then it's probably an expensive thingy that will go on a shelf and not be touched again.
 
2021-09-13 7:23:55 AM  

kkinnison: the only gadget i have is an automatic egg cooker.  Doesn't take up much space, and I can do 7 eggs at a time, and go from Soft or hard boil.  Just use water as a timer.


We have one that does six.  My wife loves her "space ship egg cooker".  Put in water, poke the eggs, turn on, and you hear a *click* when the eggs are done.  Put in cold/ice water, and done.  Perfectly cooked, no weird grey around the yolk or runny goopy nastiness.
 
2021-09-13 8:08:11 AM  

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I got one of these at a work white elephant thing. It actually works really well, but it's not dishwasher safe. I think we ended up donating it to Goodwill or something.


Save the drawer space
Cracking an Egg with One Hand!
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2021-09-13 8:20:13 AM  

J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: The vinegar helps the whites set up quicker

Why would you want that? Adding enough vinegar to lower the pH of the water can change the texture of the egg whites, or overcook them before the yolk is done.

And yeah, I understand the idea is that it helps them not be wispy, but that's bullshiat too. If you poach an old egg all the vinegar in your kitchen isn't going to make it not wispy, or keep the white from completely separating from the yolk. The best way to ensure they don't have rouge whites on your poached eggs is get fresh eggs, and put them on a slotted spot to let the detached whites fall way. That said if you aren't presenting them as some kind of special plating, you're just throwing away egg white you could be eating.

Just another food myth that's complicating something that's super simple.


It has nothing to do with preventing the whispy whites as I already mentioned the best way to do that is get rid of them completely by straining the egg before dropping it into the water.

The vinegar thing isn't a myth at all. I said it helps the whites set up quicker, helping prevent the yolk from overcooking. Since they both cook at different speeds, there's a very narrow window on getting both cooked to the desired doneness, firm whites/liquid yolk.

I'm not even saying it's a requirement, but it's definitely a simple helper because it works. America's Test Kitchen and the like over test the shiat out of these things. If it was a myth, then it would have been determined as such.
 
2021-09-13 8:29:19 AM  

J.R. 'Bob' Chinaski: FTFA: To make eggs properly is difficult

No, it really isn't.


Making eggs lots of different ways while maintaining consistency is difficult without practice.

Mastering a FEW ways will get you by 99% of the time, however.

Personally I make eggs 3 ways:  Scrambled the Gordon Ramsey way except substituting various cheeses (American, various cheddars) for creme fraiche, over easy using enough butter to make Paula Deen blush (go go Keto!) and poaching... in the microwave.

Microwave poaching is the easiest way of all and the best way to have one come out consistently.  Crack egg into bowl or mug, cover with water and a splash of vinegar, gently poke top of yolk a couple of times with a toothpick (LIGHTLY, not stabby-stabby), cover and nuke for 60 seconds.
 
2021-09-13 8:41:10 AM  

ScrimBoy: Shostie: [i.ebayimg.com image 160x300]

I got one of these at a work white elephant thing. It actually works really well, but it's not dishwasher safe. I think we ended up donating it to Goodwill or something.

Save the drawer space


I was expecting him to crush the two demonstration golfballs like Oddjob.
Leaving disappointed.
 
2021-09-13 8:42:17 AM  
We used to have a combined toaster-and-egg cooker, not unlike this: West Bend 78500 Egg & Muffin Toaster | Walmart Canada . We actually used it all the time. I don't remember what happened to it. It must have broken. It's not really any harder to get out a pan and fry some eggs, but it didn't take up much more space than the toaster itself, so it was fine to have around.
 
2021-09-13 8:46:30 AM  
 
2021-09-13 8:48:05 AM  
I have one egg-related device. That awesome little doohickey that pokes tiny holes in the shell. It is wonderful.
 
2021-09-13 9:42:50 AM  

My Sober Alt: "If you do not desist, I'll be forced to take this and insert it in a certain place with such power and such venom that for years to come sitting will be uncomfortable, walking will be painful and running for a bus will be almost impossible." - Gareth Blackstock (talking about an As-Seen-On-TV gadget, I think).

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Just started re-watching 'Chef' on Britbox. Lenny Henry (Gareth) is like the kitchen version of Basil Fawlty. Pretty fun show.
 
2021-09-13 10:28:07 AM  
The only egg gadget worth my money is a hard-cooked egg slicer.
 
2021-09-13 10:42:23 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: kkinnison: the only gadget i have is an automatic egg cooker.  Doesn't take up much space, and I can do 7 eggs at a time, and go from Soft or hard boil.  Just use water as a timer.

We have one that does six.  My wife loves her "space ship egg cooker".  Put in water, poke the eggs, turn on, and you hear a *click* when the eggs are done.  Put in cold/ice water, and done.  Perfectly cooked, no weird grey around the yolk or runny goopy nastiness.


I have one that does goes from one to 2 dozen, because it is just a steamer basket on my stove.  Those automatic egg steamers are probably the most useless of the egg gadgets because literally all they do is heat water into steam but worse than the stove you already have.
 
2021-09-13 1:15:42 PM  

kkinnison: the only gadget i have is an automatic egg cooker.  Doesn't take up much space, and I can do 7 eggs at a time, and go from Soft or hard boil.  Just use water as a timer.


I got that one. It works quite well. It helps that it's adorable.
 
2021-09-13 2:25:00 PM  
"To make any type of egg the same way every time is damn near impossible,"

This guy is a chef? With maybe a few exceptions, eggs are probably one of the easiest things to make, especially the basics like scrambled, fried, hard boiled, an omelet, etc. If you can't get them to come out the same every time you have no business calling yourself a chef.
 
2021-09-13 4:31:33 PM  
More shiat that we get shipped over from China, admire for about a year, and then dump in our landfill.  Yay!
 
2021-09-13 5:14:04 PM  
I use vinegar + vortex to make poached eggs.
They turn out nice if you drop the egg in at the right spot.
I just crack the egg in but as others have mentioned using a ramekin or similar to slide the egg in is a bit better.
Without vinegar some amount of egg is lost to the water and it starts to look like egg soup.
Bubbles are ok but only just a bit.
I use more than a little vinegar and the eggs don't taste sour or vinegary.
 
2021-09-13 9:40:57 PM  

red5ish: FTA: "Whereas more general equipment like pots and pans with a little practice can get the job done the same if not better."

Et voilà!


Slightly off topic, but I just 'discovered' a step in preparing bruscetta that had escaped both my wife & I for a good 60 years. ("I was this many years old when I discovered that...")

When transferring finely cubed tomatoes, onion, chopped garlic etc. from the cutting board to the bowl, don't invest in a scraper or risk cutting yourself by using the flat of the knife to gather up the pieces; you have a spatula in the kitchen tool drawer. It can be used in other places than a fry pan or baking sheet.

We have these tools and no one ever really taught us how to fully use them. Duh...
 
2021-09-13 9:54:12 PM  
Alton Brown reviews Amazon's dumbest kitchen gadgets
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