PERFECT Poached Eggs

I’m an adventurous cook, but ultimately also lazy and cheap. Therefore, as much as I adore eating freshly poached eggs, I’ve never wanted to invest the time and eggs to practice the “tip egg into a vortex of swirling vinegar water” method of poaching eggs. I invested in a set of these silicone egg poachers with moderate success, and only today learned that I can increase my success by drizzling in a little olive oil to reduce sticking and lowering the water temperature to barely boiling.

Also today I experienced a EUREKA moment! This website describes a foolproof method for beautiful and tasty poached eggs every time.  The clear wrap method produced the egg on the left of my picture, and the oiled silicone cup method produced the right egg. Both were silky and delicious, but the clear wrap egg is clearly the prettiest and easiest.

Now to master a perfect hollandaise sauce!


6 thoughts on “PERFECT Poached Eggs”

  1. This is a cool trick but… using plastic wrap for cooking MAY not be the best idea. The high temperatures can lead to partial melting of the plastic (does the wrap feel really soft after/during?) that would release some of the ‘nasties’…

    I have switched almost all my food storage containers to glass and do not microwave anything in plastic. Granted, microwaving produces a lot more heat than barely boiling water but it would still make me a tad nervous…

  2. Good point, Amanda! The water needs to be only about 140 degrees, so barely bubbling. Could you point me to some of that research? The silicone cup method is probably a better alternative.

  3. Haven’t had luck finding specific studies or reference regarding cooking in water. Most of the info seems to be on microwave cooking with plastic wrap. I do recall reading that there was a trend of cooking omelets in zipper bags by immersion in simmering water and GLAD actually recommended against doing this since “the product has not been tested for such uses”.

    Overall you might be fine given the lower temperature but just to be safer you could always seek out an “eco friendly” plastic wrap free of PVC and plasticizers. Of course you’d want to test that it will hold up to immersion in water. Corn based “plastics” are becoming pretty common and I’m not sure what happens when they get really wet… There are also zipper bags made for cooking/steaming – you could cut one open and use that perhaps.

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