Krups Egg Cooker
I'm not really a kitchen gadget person because I usually find it quicker and easier to use a simple tool like a pot, knife, or other hand utensil. The downside to kitchen appliances is that they require storage space and usually more time and patience to disassemble and clean all of the parts.
I do have one little appliance that I use all of the time and that is my Krups egg cooker. My family likes hard boiled eggs. We like hard boiled eggs in potato salad, deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches and as a quick breakfast or snack. We just used to boil them on top of the stove in a saucepan. Then one autumn evening we had an incident which we refer to as "the exploding egg disaster". It began innocently enough when one of my 20-something sons decided to make himself a couple of hard boiled eggs for a snack after getting home late in the evening after everyone else had gone to bed. He put the eggs in a pan of water on the range on high heat, sat down in a recliner to watch TV while they cooked, and promptly fell asleep.
My husband and I were awakened at 2am by the shriek of our smoke detector and soon became aware of an evil smell. Upon investigating, we discovered the eggs had boiled dry, scorching the pan and exploding the eggs which were in tiny fragments on the walls and ceiling of the kitchen.
A couple of months later, I was given the Krups Egg Cooker as a Christmas gift by another family member, perhaps partially in jest after the exploding egg disaster, but my egg cooker has become one of the few kitchen gadgets that I have been given that I really use and recommend. It is compact so it doesn't take up much storage space and cooks eggs to perfection very quickly. It can be used to hard-boil, medium-boil or soft-boil up to 7 eggs at a time or poach 2 eggs. It cleans up easily and quickly and the bonus feature is a buzzer that rings when the eggs are done that is loud enough to awaken the dead.
This is a photo of my Krups Egg Cooker which shows all of the components included and its compact size. I store all of the pieces inside the box when not in use, so the box is getting a little dog-eared. The glass vial is used to measure the amount of water needed based on the number of eggs and whether they are to be hard-boiled, medium or soft-boiled and includes a little sharp point on the bottom for piercing the eggs so they don't explode. There are containers for making poached eggs, too. The egg cooker includes both a cooking setting and a one for keeping the eggs warm after they are done cooking. The cord wraps around the base so everything fits neatly inside the box for storage.
(Photo by VickiSims)
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