Egg Poacher Instructions for Commonly Used Egg Poachers
The perfect poached egg is an achievement that is often difficult even for the most seasoned chef. Used in Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, and other egg dishes, a poached egg is delicious and attractive.
Several cooking equipment manufacturers have come up with egg poachers that take the guess work out of poaching eggs. Specialty pans, electric, silicone, and microwave poachers are all designed to help the experienced and inexperienced cook alike to make the perfect poached egg.
It is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but below are general egg poacher instructions for the most common types:
Specialty Pan Egg Poacher Instructions
Egg poaching pans are typically made of stainless steel and come equipped with egg cups that are used for cooking the egg. To use:
1. Fill the bottom of the pan with water.
2. Break shell and pour egg into the egg cup. Each egg cup will hold one egg. Fill unused cups with water so that the cup surface is not damaged during cooking.
3. Bring water to a boil.
4. Cover with lid and cook for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, checking progress periodically.
Eggs are poached when the egg white is cooked and yolk is soft in the center.
Microwave Egg Poacher Instructions
Most microwave egg poachers come with either two or four egg cups. Use the following procedure:
1. Break one egg into one cup, filling the desired number of cups with one egg each. Add water to any unused cups.
2. Add approximately one half of a teaspoon of water to each cup. Check manufacturer instructions for exact amount.
3. Using a fork, pierce each egg yolk. This prevents an explosion in the cooker.
4. Close lid.
5. Microwave for 30 seconds intervals until the whites are cooked, but the yolks remain soft.
Microwave Egg Making Demonstration Video:
Electric Egg Poacher Instructions
Several manufacturers have devised appliances that automatically cook eggs in a variety of ways, including poached. Most electric automatic poachers make hardboiled and soft boiled eggs, in addition to poached. A separate accessory, usually included with the egg cooker, is needed for poaching eggs so before purchasing an electric egg cooker, be sure that it includes the egg poacher accessory.
1. Measure the water according to the manufacturer’s egg poacher directions. The amount of water will vary from brand to brand.
2.Break eggs and pour one egg into each cup. Add water to any unused cups to prevent damage.
3. Close lid.
4. Set the automatic setting. Turn the unit on.
5. An alarm will go off when eggs are ready.
Tips for Success
The following tips will enhance flavor and increase your chances of success when making poached eggs:
1. Use fresh eggs. The fresher, the better.
2. Buy eggs that fit the egg cups. Larger ones may spill over the sides and cause a mess.
3. Serve the eggs as soon as they are done. That is when they taste the best.
4. Using an egg poacher requires practice. It may take a time or two to learn how to get the most out of your egg poacher, no matter which type you use.
With specialty pans and cookers, making poached eggs need not be a frustrating experience. Great tasting poached eggs can be easily made and enjoyed by all, from the least experienced home cook to the most decorated chef.