Product Review: "Eggies"-- As Seen on TV!
Day #9 of my "30 Hubs in 30 Days" Challenge
As my regular followers already know, I am currently tackling a "30 Hubs in 30 Days" challenge. As the title of this hub suggests, today marks day number 9 of my challenge. In addition to creating a fresh, new hub every day this month, I've also been challenging myself to try new things and write about topics that I'd usually avoid. In that spirit, today I'll be attempting my very first product review. Wish me luck!
As Seen on TV
Okay, we've all seen the commercials for "as seen on TV" products. You know, the super cheesy ones where they have excessively clumsy actors struggling to perform a task-- in this case, peeling hard boiled eggs-- and making the task seem like a giant hassle. Then, just as the actor is about to give up, the narrator says something along the lines of "introducing the innovative new product: (pause for dramatic effect) Eggies!"
The narrator will then go on to describe how this particular product is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Meanwhile, the same actor or actress will demonstrate how easy the product is to use. The narrator will then tell us how we need to call within the next ten minutes in order to receive a free gift-- in this case an egg white separator.
"But wait! There's more! If you call within the next ten minutes we'll double your order. Just pay separate shipping and handling charges..."
So I'll freely admit it, I've been tempted to call (on more than one occasion). However, due to my skeptical nature, I've always managed to resist the temptation. I even managed to resist buying any of the products when our local K-mart added an aisle of "As Seen on TV" products.
However, I did make a comment to my roommate last year about how tempted I was to try the "Eggies." Then, on x-mas morning, what should I find under the tree? You guessed it!
So, with my curiosity piqued and my skepticism reigned in, I set out to test my new set of "Eggies." After emptying the contents of the box onto my kitchen counter, I decided to do this "by the book." I went into my home office and grabbed a notepad, pen, and my camera and then carried them back into the kitchen with me. What better way to document my experiment than with digital photos and ink?
Determined to do this properly, I carefully unfolded the single sheet of instructions that had come with my set of six Eggies and one nifty egg white separator (that I can pretty much guarantee I'll never use!).
Naturally, I chose to wash the Eggies before I used them. However, I became alarmed when a loose sheet of paper fell out of the box with the words "wash before use" just below "IMPORTANT: READ BEFORE USE" in giant, bolded, and caps locked letters. It made me wonder what chemicals they used to produce this product that would warrant such a warning. However, the warning to wash the Eggies before use was secondary to the next second warning-- "Eggies must be coated with oil or cooling spray each time they are used." This warning was important enough to warrant bold lettering and being underlined.
Okay, I admit it. At this point I was have serious trouble trying to make my inner critic shut up. After all, product testing is supposed to be impartial, right? I mean, how can you give the product a fair shot if you go into the experiment with a biased opinion?
So, after taking a deep breath, I set the warning slip aside and returned my attention to the sheet of instructions. (Side note-- my inner critic pointed out the fact that 1/4 of the page was taken up by the words "Eggies Instructions." Was that really necessary?) I skimmed over the enlarged drawings of the four components of each Eggie-- lid, collar, bottom half, and top half-- and then disregarded the next line (yet another warning to "carefully read all instructions and precautions before using"-- yeash! It's not like these things are explosive or anything. How many warnings do we need?).
Finally, I made my way down to step #1: "Wash Eggies before use." Having done this the night before, I moved on to step #2 which reminded me in bold letters to "coat the inside" (no, I was going to grease the outside ) of the Eggies prior to use. However, the instructions specified "DO NOT (in bold, all caps) spray directly into the Eggies capsules." What the hey? According to the instructions, I was supposed to spray the non-stick oil onto a paper towel and then squeeze that inside the tiny plastic egg shapes in order to coat them with oil.
After indulging in a giant eye roll, I did as I was instructed and then moved on to step #3: "place the top half onto the bottom half, and secure the collar around both pieces." Okay, done. Moving on to step #4, I began cracking eggs and poured one into each of my six Eggies.
Okay, I've got to admit that I strayed away from the step by step instructions at this point. You see, I realized that they left something out. One of the biggest selling points for the product was the fact that you can season your eggs before you boil them. So, I took a moment to add my seasonings-- garlic powder, black pepper, and dried parsley-- before moving on to the next step.
After screwing the lids on tight, I "gently" placed each of my Eggies in a saucepan filled with warm water, ensured that they were floating, and brought the water to a boil (steps #5-7).
Step #8 was to follow the cooking times on a chart on the back of the page. However, in my experience, the chart was completely wrong. If I had removed the Eggies at the specified time then I would've been eating runny eggs (yuck!) rather than hard boiled ones.
The last step was followed by yet another warning: "CAUTION: EGGIES WILL PRODUCE STEAM WHEN BOILED- TAKE CAUTION WHEN OPENING." Clearly this product was packaged by the same folks who put "do not use while sleeping" and "do not use while in the shower" labels on hair blow driers.
Once I realized that the cooking chart was inaccurate, I used a non-scientific method to determine if my eggs were fully cooked. I simply picked then up by the lid (while wearing an oven mitt) and shook them. When the eggs stopped squishing around inside, I declared them done, used a slotted ladle to remove them from the water, and set them on the counter to cool.
When I grew tired of waiting, I grabbed an Eggie, unscrewed it, and slid the egg onto a plate. Honestly, the finished result wasn't what I was expecting:
The hard boiled egg was misshaped and nearly flat on one side. Plus, even though I shook the Eggies to mix the eggs and spices, all of the seasonings were clumped together on one side. It wasn't pretty.
However, all of the cooking spray that I painstakingly applied to the inside of the Eggie prior to cooking gave the egg a slightly buttery taste.
At a Glance
No Peeling Egg Shells
You can season eggs before cooking them.
The top of the Eggies is too narrow. The seasonings spill out.
No matter how tightly you twist them shut, the egg whites leak out into the water.
It's necessary to pre-grease the Eggies or the eggs will stick like cement to the plastic.
The problem with pre-greasing is it makes the plastic slippery and hard to twist open once the eggs are cooked.
Eggies are hard for people with arthritis to open.
Fully cooked, the eggs look like only egg halves; oddly shaped
Okay, so if I had to rate the product, I'd give Eggies a slightly hesitant thumbs up. They are somewhat convenient and they allow you to avoid having to peel hard boiled eggs (which-- admit it-- is a giant pain in the butt!). I also like being able to add seasonings to the eggs before I cook them-- even if they don't always distribute evenly. I love hard boiled eggs, but the traditional ones to tend to taste a bit blah.
However, aside from the really silly instructions and excessive warnings, I do have a few complaints about the product. First, the top of the Eggies is too narrow. As a result, when you try to add your seasonings to the eggs, half of them will miss and make a mess on your countertop. Second, no matter how hard you twist the Eggies shut, some of the egg whites will still leak into the boiling water.
As the instructions reminded us several times, it's necessary to thoroughly grease the Eggies prior to use. If you don't, the eggs will stick to the plastic like cement. Trust me, I tested it with one. It was a disaster!
However, the problem with pre-greasing the Eggies is that they become slick (some of the oil always leaks out of the middle). This makes it hard to twist the eggs open once they're cooked. In addition, I have arthritis in my hands. There have been a few times when I had to get my room mate to open the Eggies because I couldn't do it myself.
So, there you have it! My very first product review. As an added bonus, you also got to see why I never made it as a scientific experimenter (surely such a job exists somewhere!). Until tomorrow, I remain your faithful hub writer...