For a long time I avoided trying to make poached eggs. I put them in the ‘too hard basket’ and simply got my fix ordering them every time we went out to breakfast instead. Lazy, I know.
Until one day I saw the ‘whirlpool’ method and I was fascinated – I immediately went into the kitchen to try it out. I swirled the water with a wooden spoon, poured in a few drops of white vinegar and cracked in an egg still cold from the fridge.
It did not turn out very well. Which really pissed me off.
However, I had got the bug, and the perfectionist in me began a 30 day experiment for the perfect poached egg. Sadly, I did not document any of it (it was way back in 2008) however, I can tell you that if you use the whirlpool method then the best thing to do is use a whisk to swirl the water and make sure your eggs are at room temperature before you start.
All of that is irrelevant, though, if you have a few Poachies on hand (but I promise to blog the above perfect method one day).
What are Poachies? Well, let me tell you. They are little bags that you use to poach eggs perfectly. Apparently, anyone can do it!
Not convinced? Neither was I. That’s why I decided to get my hubby Dillon to do the testing of these. He is an absolute non-cook (but is currently practising making spaghetti carbonara every weekend!) and is barely ever allowed in the kitchen (unless he’s making me a cup of tea. Which he does brilliantly, thanks hub!).
Perhaps your husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/partner is a non-cook too? Perhaps you would occassionally like breakfast in bed? READ ON!
Four steps to poached egg perfection, as demonstrated by Dillon.
He’s not just making it look easy, it really is a piece of cake – ah, egg.
Simply remove from the water with tongs and drain on paper towel. Then tear open the paper bag and serve.
Voila! My Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. Excellent work Dillon!
A few last thoughts that you might also be wondering. The bags are completely compostable and recyclable, there is no need for any oil or fat when using them and you can cook several eggs in the one pot. Plus, they’re quite good value at around $5 for a bag of 20.
What is your secret to poached eggs? (Or do you avoid them, fearing they are too hard to perfect?)
Fig & Cherry was sent the Poachies bags to review with compliments of Wiltshire and The Image Bureau (thanks Colleen!).
Wiltshire Poachies are available in packs of 20 bags RRP $4.99 from Woolworths, Big W, Harris Scarfe and other good retailers.