Egg Cooker

How can something as simple as an egg be so difficult to cook? That is the question most people would have asked themselves at some time, usually just after they have overcooked one. Whether it be boiling or poaching, cooking an egg requires skill and timing. Thankfully, there is an appliance that takes the frustration out of this task. An egg cooker will cook several eggs perfectly every time, and all they need is to be filled with a small amount of water and switched on.

An egg cooker resembles a large bowl with a rounded transparent cover and is about the same size as other small kitchen appliances, like a kettle. An egg holder is placed inside the bowl and on top of the container used to heat the water. On the front of the egg cooker is a small panel with the switch and the power light. The cover, outer case and egg holder are made of plastic, while the water container is made of stainless steel.

A typical egg cooker can boil eight eggs or poach four eggs at the one time. However, some models are smaller and can only handle half that number. A water measuring cup is a standard accessory and usually has a pin on the base for piercing the eggs. It is important to pierce the top of each egg so that gases generated inside it can escape and stop the egg from exploding. Once the eggs are ready, the egg cooker automatically shuts off and sounds a buzzer.

Using an egg cooker to boil several eggs is quick and easy task that anyone can do. Before it is switched on, the measuring cup needs to be filled with the right amount of water for either soft, medium or hard boiled eggs. After the measuring cup has been emptied into the cooker, the boiled egg holder is placed inside and eggs inserted into the holes. If only a few eggs are to be cooked, they should be arranged evenly around the holder to ensure each egg is cooked the same. The pin on the back of the measuring cup is then used to pierce the top of each egg. Once that is done, the cover is replaced and the egg cooker started.

Poaching several eggs is just as simple, with the only difference being the use of a poached egg holder instead of the boiled egg one. The measuring cup is filled with the appropriate amount of water and emptied into the egg cooker. The poached egg holder is placed inside and the cups coated with olive or vegetable oil, and then the eggs are broken open and poured into the cups. The cover is place on top and the cooker started. Once all the water has evaporated, the cooker will automatically turn off, and the alarm will sound if the cooker is fitted with one.

The task of cleaning an egg cooker is made easier if it has non-stick surfaces, but it can still be difficult work. Eggs contain sulfur compounds and other material which stick well to the surfaces of the cooker. No matter how difficult it may to remove this residue, scouring pads and other abrasive cleaners should never be used on the non-stick surfaces. Soaking the cover and egg holder in soapy water for a long time is a good way to remove this residue.

An egg cooker normally costs between twenty and fifty dollars, depending on its capacity. While they have a average warranty of two years, very little can go wrong with them because they are simply devices for heating water, like a kettle or bottle warmer. An egg cooker should provide perfect eggs every morning for many years, provided it is maintained and cleaned properly.

This Egg Cooker Review is Written/Updated on Apr 9th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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