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best way to poach an egg

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Doublebubblebubble Sat 23-Jan-16 14:01:04

Or an idea of how to peel a soft boiled egg without it breaking apart??

HuevosRancheros Sat 23-Jan-16 14:30:05

I do mine the "Ottolenghi" way - I learnt it from Plenty.
Bring water to the boil, add a little vinegar.
Break the egg into a cup and gently pour the egg into the boiling water. Turn heat off straight away and leave it for 4 minutes.
Scoop egg out with slotted spoon - ta da!

It works smile

WipsGlitter Sat 23-Jan-16 14:32:25

Do you swirl the water?

Rinceoir Sat 23-Jan-16 14:33:27

I do mine exactly the same as Huevos, and I swirl the water.

overitalready Sat 23-Jan-16 14:34:08

Put water on to boil

Large mug, clingfilm and some eggs obviously

Stick the clingfilm into the mug with the excess clingfilm hanging over the sides. Break egg into mug, wrap egg in clingfilm and stick into the now boiled water for exactly 5 minutes.

Perfect poached eggs

Still trying to figure the boiled egg out though

Madbengalmum Sat 23-Jan-16 14:36:54

Boiling water, very fresh eggs.

Swirl the water with spoon in pan and drop in eggs.

No need for vinegar if fresh.

Perfect eggs. That dont taste of vinegar!

Doublebubblebubble Sat 23-Jan-16 14:48:11

I dont normally. I just add vinegar. I mean mine are alright but they seem to always break apart... Will definitely try your suggestions as I'm on a diet and love eggs. <<<snigger snigger lol>>> if I cant fry them boiling/poaching seems to be the healthiest way...

alibubbles Sat 23-Jan-16 15:29:37

Vinegar is vile! Just use the freshest possible eggs, laid this morning or yesterday is the only way. All my family can poach amazing eggs, even the children, because of the eggs being fresh!

PicnicPie Sat 23-Jan-16 15:32:33

Same as madbengalmum.

No need for vinegar.

Doublebubblebubble Sat 23-Jan-16 16:07:57

So I'm guessing Asda eggs cant be that fresh?? Where do you get day old eggs from I'm a city girl with no clue

overitalready Sat 23-Jan-16 16:08:50

double Diet fried eggs as below :

Spray frying pan with low cal spray, add your eggs let them heat up for a second then drop in some water (not enough to cover the eggs, just enough for the bottom of the pan) stick a lid on the pan, turn down to lowest heat and let them fry.

They dont taste actually fried but its the best your gonna get not using oil!

Doublebubblebubble Sat 23-Jan-16 16:23:20

Oh that's cool - so they are kind of steamed, huh.

I'm looking for proteins for salads and eggs are something I always have x

overitalready Sat 23-Jan-16 18:20:53

Exactly - Steamed eggs in the shape of fried eggs wink

whois Sun 24-Jan-16 12:38:51

Boil a small pan of water. Break egg into a cup. Turn off the heat in the pan, tip in the egg, put kid on pan and remove after 2 mins with a slotted spoon.

LadySybilPussPolham Tue 26-Jan-16 12:31:47

Poach pods!

LtGreggs Wed 27-Jan-16 20:41:48

You are all doing this the hard way.

Get a mug, add splash of water. Crack in an egg. Put in microwave on top power, stand by microwave. After about 30 secs you will hear it pop. Open microwave door immediately. Tip out the water. You now have a perfect poached egg in a perfect circle.

Etak15 Wed 27-Jan-16 20:44:35

And for easy peel soft boiled eggs you need old eggs they are easier to peel it's easier to find the filmy bit on them under the shell if you know what I mean?! Not old as in gone off grin just old as in not freshly laid!

Etak15 Wed 27-Jan-16 20:46:15

Oooo I like the microwave tip, I often take an egg to work and scramble in the microwave - will have a practice at poaching one now.

PhoenixReisling Thu 28-Jan-16 11:12:06

Oo I'm going to try using the cling film technique next a make DH a poached egg it will stop the egg white looking like snot!

logfiresspit Thu 28-Jan-16 11:14:13

apparently, steaming eggs (rather than boiling them) means you can peel them super-easily. I've never tried...

Aworldofmyown Thu 28-Jan-16 11:28:22

I find not have too much water in the pan - just enough to cover the egg when you tip it in. Very fresh eggs, simmering not boiling water.

Microwaved eggs are the devils work grin

KP86 Thu 28-Jan-16 11:32:38

LtGreggs has it - easiest and least-messy way of doing it.

Doublebubblebubble Thu 28-Jan-16 12:21:55

Thanks guys x I do like an egg (and I like the idea of being able to do eggs when I go back to work --microwaving who knew--) think I'm going to test all of these methods x

GoblinQueen Fri 29-Jan-16 09:54:17

I always thought you couldn't cook eggs in microwave - isn't there a danger the yolk will explode (or did my mum lie to me?) grin

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Fri 29-Jan-16 10:01:03

I do mine in a deep frying pan, good inch/two inches water, bring to boil

turn down, shimmy eggs in gently, I don't swirl the water, cos you can't do it for the second one and I am greedy enough to want two eggs

lid onto pan and check after three ish munutes.

I only poach our own chicken eggs, as above, hop eggs are rarely fresh enough

I read somewhere about putting the egg in the shell into the boiling water for 1 minute, which sets the very outer layer of white then cracking it and carrying on as normal, but cos I use a frying pan there's never enough to cover the eggs and I never remember to try this in another pan.

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