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Discovering the promised land of the perfect poached egg

Being fifty-something doesn’t mean I’ve got all the basics down pat.

Many life skills that others take for granted still escape me completely: parallel parking, gears on bicycles, price haggling, cryptic crosswords and … wait for it … poaching eggs.

After years (nay, decades) of failed poached egg attempts which ended in soggy, stringy, watery misshapen messes, I had given up hope of mastering aesthetically pleasing, well-shaped, evenly cooked and appetising poached eggs of the type served up in cafes, restaurants, diners and eateries around the globe.

I’ve tried all sorts of tips and tricks: boiling water, simmering water, still water, a slurp of vinegar, a pinch of salt, no salt, swirling clockwise, swirling anti-clockwise … even suspending the egg in a twisted pouch of cling wrap.

Always a disaster.

Every time.

Until now.

I have discovered the secret to the perfect poached egg… the PoachPod.

If you’re familiar with PoachPods, you may look away now. Go directly to another blog. Do not pass go. If not, stick with me. I promise it will be worth it.

I found these four PoachPods in a thrift shop.

I wasn’t sure what they were, how they worked (indeed, if they worked) but, being a curious type, I handed over my one dollar investment (yes, for all four) and took them home to investigate.

YouTube came through with a very instructive PoachPod how-to, and I got to it.

So simple. Here’s the nuts and bolts of it.

Set a half saucepan of water to boil.

Spray your PoachPod lightly with olive oil spray. Crack in your egg (trying to keep the yolk whole).

Once the water is boiling, carefully float the PoachPod (including the egg) in the water.

It will remain afloat in the water. Magic.

Here’s four I prepared (at once) for lunch today, floating neatly in their saucepan of water:

Cover the saucepan with a lid and after about five minutes, use a slotted spoon to lift out the PoachPod (with the egg nestled safely inside).

Loosen the egg with a spoon and serve.

The egg itself has never touched the water. It’s formed a uniform shape within its little pod and is cooked through beautifully.

Here is Mr P’s lunch. No straggly wet egg whites. No soggy, forlorn toast.  (And, yes, Mr P only eats white bread. He’s a trucker.)

How awesome is that?

What do you think? If you already knew about PoachPods you won’t find my awesome discovery quite so awesome. And I’d like to know why you haven’t been raving far and why about your discovery.

I’m slow on the uptake – especially with culinary-related things/gadgets/skills/ideas – so it’s very probable I am amongst the last on the planet to learn the secret of perfect poached eggs.

If that’s the case, I’d rather not know. Right now I’m channelling my inner Christopher Columbus and feeling quite smug about it.

Now, if I can just discover a snazzy gadget to whip up some hollandaise sauce (or change the gears on my bike for me), my world will be complete.

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I have no relationship with the makers of marketers of PoachPod.

Note II: Mr Google tells me you can buy a pair of PoachPods for yourself for about $10 … or you could set sail for your local thrift store and hope for a fortuitous find like mine.

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12 thoughts on “Discovering the promised land of the perfect poached egg

  1. Poached eggs on toast with warm milk is a comfort food for me. My Mom always made it for me when I didn’t feel well. We called it ‘Egg on Milk Toast’. I like your egg pods! I use a stainless steel egg poacher, but I like yours better!

    1. Thanks, Denise. There’s nothing like comfort food. I’m not familiar with a stainless steel egg poacher … I seem to have been living under a rock. 🙂 But I do love my little green pods. 🙂

  2. I so identify with all your talents (collecting etc..) and all your little misgivings- parallel parking, gears on bicycles, price haggling, cryptic crosswords and… poaching eggs. The only problem with the little green egg gadgets is that they went in the drawer with all the other gadgets…and I haven’t used them yet. I will soon…now that retirement is looming!!

    1. Haha … right now I love my little green egg gadgets too much to hide them in the drawer. But I’m fickle so that could happen. Did you say “retirement”? Envious. You’ll have time to discover all manner of gadgets and gizmos. 🙂

  3. Ooh, egg pods! I suck at poaching too…must keep an eye en for these.
    Karen
    P.s. your blog disappeared from my WordPress feed for a while…hate when that happens. But now that I know, I’ll go fix it.

    1. PoachPods could change your life, Karen. 🙂 I have a couple of rascally blogs that keep disappearing from my feed, too. I have to keep re-following them … they’re worth the effort. 🙂

  4. As a child, I gagged on those watery, stringy poached eggs while vowing never to eat them when I grew up. And then, ravenously hungry after giving birth to my daughter, they brought me poached eggs–and they were scrumptious! I went home determined to learn how to make them right. Even though I make a decent one, I’m going to seek out some PoachPods at our local kitchen shop. Thanks!

  5. Hello Sheryl! On behalf of Fusionbrands we just wanted to let you know we are very excited you found our PoachPods and enjoy them so much. We also wanted to share with all your readers that they can easily purchase PoachPods in Silicone or Stainless, along with our PoachPod Lift directly from http://www.fusionbrands.com. As you so nicely display in your photo, consumers can be assured they are buying authentic PoachPods by looking for the words PoachPod and Fusionbrands embedded on the bottom of each pod.

    Enjoy and happy poaching to all!
    Fusionbrands

    1. Hello back, Debra! I’m chuffed that you found my blog.You must be keeping an eagle eye out on the interwebs. I’m not one for advertising links on my blog, but I’m going to leave yours there in the spirit of sharing information, rather than promotion … given the level of interest I’ve had here and in my inbox about my little green PoachPods, it makes sense to give my readers the headsup on where they can get their own. Again, readers please note I have no relationship or sponsorship arrangement with Fusionbrands (other than this wee commentary stream). Thanks for popping by Debra. Y’all come back now. Sheryl 🙂

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