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PostSubject: Perfect poached eggs?   Sat Mar 22, 2008 1:29 pm

How do you do yours? I got a bit bored of the tailor-made poaching pan with the little individual cups so I searched youtube and found a handy video on how to do poached eggs properly. I can't find it now but it works for me.

It was unbelievably simple and just involved cracking the egg into a small bowl first (I use a soup ladel) and then gently tipping it a deep pan full of just-off-the-boil water into which had previously been added a good dose of salt and vinegar. You then replace the lid and let poach for 2 minutes. As long as the water isn't moving and it has vinegar in (to aid coagulation) they come out excellent.

The whole thing about making a little whirlpool to crack the egg into seems to be a myth.


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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:38 pm

Can you believe I have NEVER had a poached egg? Yes, it's incredible, but never have I. maybe I should try.....

Usually a quick dip in the skillet scrambled up with some ketchup is as far as I go.

Now, off to wikipedia to find out about this poaching thing.....

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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:40 pm

How have you never had a poached egg?!
A coddled egg maybe I could believe, but surely everyone's had a poached egg.
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:25 pm

Well....I've had a sheltered life! affraid

That's ok...I've got a cookbook, I'm on it!

I will report back!!!!

lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:43 am

I've tried the whirlpool technique and all it ever got me was egg drop soup. It's total bunk. I have to confess that I'm not a fan of poached eggs, though. In restaurants I ask for them hard poached and then squeeze out the yolks like zits. I hate yolks, and snot-textured yolks only add an even more repulsive dimension to my loathing. If they're swirled together or something they become edible, but not otherwise.
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:04 am

The beauty of poached eggs is their snottiness. Fried ones too; the yolk must be runny and the white must have a little raw snot on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:46 am

"And bring us some FRESH wine! The freshest you've got - this year! No more of this old stuff"
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:23 pm

I poach my hard - I'm not a fan of runny yolk. I just learned how to poach eggs last year. Wrote my a bit of my trial and error here. I haven't done them in a long while though...I think you've inspired me to whip my man up some breakfast tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:59 pm

Hi all, LS,

Well...I tried...I swear to you I tried...but waaayyy to runny. Maybe it's having kids, but I had to switch gears and fry some up with some sausage and toast.

I hope you're not too disappointed in me! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:43 pm

I do mine in the microwave. I know it's not the same, but it's quicker. I have a little gadgety thing where you can put 2 eggs in the nuke at once, but you could use a small covered dish as well. They come out perfectly sized and shaped for an English muffin sandwich, which is what I eat most mornings.
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:15 pm

Savages the lot of you. I can't believe I'm consorting with heathens that don't like runny yolks.

Coddled eggs anyone? You'd get to collect vintage coddlers then. Ebay is awash with them and coddled eggs are supreme.
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:33 pm

Fried egg good, poached egg bad.

Cholesterol be damned!

What's with the camp avatar, Todd. Have you joined a village people tribute band or something?
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:43 pm

Smile YMCA

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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:16 pm

Bitches.
I prefer to think of it as theatrical.

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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:16 pm

lol!

Gotta love it!

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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:25 pm

Ah fair enough. Still wouldn't advise going out after sundown dressed like that, might find the odd thespian anxious to practice a bit of one on one method acting. What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:17 am

I don't like the taste of eggs at all.

*ducks*

I have taken the time to learn how to scramble, hard boil, coddle and poach, however, and the reviews are good.
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:22 am

I'm with you, Lindy. Eggs are nasty. However, I know I hold a minority opinion, so I *can* cook them if necessary. I do make an exception for the very occasional egg salad tea sandwich (with home made mayonnaise and watercress).
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PostSubject: Re: Perfect poached eggs?   Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:49 pm

The yolk HAS to be runny. Bursting it and it escaping over the toast is the best bit. I don't really like the white though, unless it's mashed up with the yolk in a cup with butter and salt and black pepper.

The only trick to poached eggs is really, really, really fresh eggs. If they're fresh the white stays in a mass. Soon as they get a bit old the white spreads over the pan. They're better just fried then.
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