Cuisipro Stainless Steel Egg Poachers (Set of 2)
For those of you who are not egg poaching-challenged, you can go on to the next section. For the rest of us, read on.
We love poached eggs: warm runny yolk with solid, but not overly hard, white. It’s an egg as it should be. And on toast, there is almost nothing better for a simple breakfast. And if you want to get fancy, then there’s always Eggs Benedict!
I’ve tried to make poached eggs bare-handed, with simmering (one cooking teacher said “smirking”) water, a little white vinegar, and a good swirl, but my results were spotty at best. I even took cooking classes involving poaching eggs, but I’ve never really mastered the technique.
So being the “Geek Gadget Goddess” that my former colleagues dubbed me, I’ve tried all sorts of “poached egg helpers”: from the pans with the little egg-shaped depressions that sat over simmering water and steamed the eggs, to the floating egg cradles, to the little paper envelopes that hold the eggs, and everything in between. None of these really gave me what I wanted in terms of both results and convenience. At last, I think my search is at a successful end ….
The winner is a product designed by those innovative folks at Cuisipro. It’s a pair of stainless steel and silicone egg poachers, and it’s clear that a lot of thought went into this product.
First, each of the poachers in a pair is a different color (yellow and white). That seems like a simple thing, but it means that if you’re poaching 2 eggs, it’s easier to remember which one you started first, so that’s the one you take out first.
The cup that holds the egg is stainless steel, which is not a good conductor of heat, so the eggs poach by the water swirling around them: not by the metal they rest on. And it’s that water swirling around that is one of the big differentiators. Remember that you want to poach your egg, not steam it, so the idea of having the egg submerged in water, while still contained so it doesn’t spread, is a brilliant one.
There is a hook that hangs the poacher over the side of your pot, so you have something to grab onto to remove the poacher from the water (careful, it can get hot!); the height of the hook is adjustable so that it fits a variety of pots. It also provides stability for the poacher so that it doesn’t tip your egg into the water (I’ve had that happen to me with other models!)
The other advantage of this egg poacher is that because you're poaching your eggs in an open pot, you can see and test your eggs, without raising a lid and losing steam, so you're much more likely to get the results you want.
Finally, when your egg is done and you remove it from the water, there are holes in the back through which to drain the water by tilting the poacher just a little.
The resulting egg is perfect, and it still looks like an authentic water-poached egg.
In short, this is the egg poaching tool we’ve been searching for ... it is indeed a Cool Tool.
- Set of 2
- 18/10 stainless steel rod and cup; plastic handle and upper cup
- BPA free
- Dimensions: 5.4”x2.7”x3.8”/13.7 x 6.8 x 9.7cm
- Dishwasher safe, top shelf only
- 25 year manufacturer’s warranty