How to poach an egg
What's the best way to poach an egg? They have a reputation for being more difficult than they really are.
Poached eggs are a delicious and healthy way to enjoy eggs. The ideal poached egg has a soft runny yolk surrounded by a cooked egg white.
Poaching eggs is a simple art to master. Fresh eggs give the best results as the egg white will stay clinging around the yolk resulting in the best type of poached egg.
The traditional method of poaching eggs gives consistently good results, as do those cooked in egg poaching pans or pan inserts. The cling-wrap method is popular with those who have difficulty with the traditional method.
Traditional Method for Poaching Eggs
Follow these directions for easy poached eggs
Splash of white vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Fill a large pot or deep saucepan with water
Bring to a gentle simmer between 160 and 185 degrees
Add a splash of white vinegar to the water
Swirl the water with a spoon to form a whirl pool
Crack the egg and drop it into the centre of the whirlpool
Let the egg cook in the water for 2 to 4 minutes
Remove the egg from the water with a slotted spoon
The acid in the vinegar causes the eggs to cook faster. If the whirlpool spins too fast it can pull the eggs apart. The egg should be dropped in from as close to the water as possible. This is made easier if each egg is first broken into a small dish and then slid gently into the whirlpool.
Determining when the eggs are done is a matter of practice as it is affected by the size of the eggs used, whether they are room temperature or straight from the fridge, water temperature, the number of eggs being cooked in the pan together, and personal preference. A medium size egg at room temperature generally takes 2 mins 30s to 2 mins 40s but 3 mins if straight from the fridge.
How to Poach an Egg Using the Cling Wrap Method
Line a small dish or cup with a piece of plastic wrap, leaving an overhang and spray with cooking oil
Crack an egg into the cup then pull the wrap upwards and twist the top
Lower the wrapped egg into simmering water
Poach egg for 4-6 min or until cooked to your liking
Remove egg from water, unwrap and serve
Eggs cooked this way may have a slightly wrinkled look but taste similar to those cooked directly in water.
Poached Egg Trivia
Did you know that:
Eggs can be poached in milk.
Using red wine vinegar instead of white can alter the colour of the eggs.
To make poached green eggs; poach the eggs in green tea.
The most popular poached eggs recipe is Eggs Benedict.
The whirlpool should be spinning clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and anti clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.
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