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Apr 27, 2008 12:29 PM

Anyone Tried Poach Pods?

I just got a pair of Poach Pods, the silicone cups for poaching eggs. I followed the instructions but had disastrous results. The eggs stuck even though I brushed the inside of the cup with oil and they didn't cook very well. Has anyone else tried these and had success with them or was I misled by the rave review in my local paper?

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  1. I have a pair and we've had moderate results. To give some perspective, I didn't grow up with poached eggs, and had never made them until fairly recently (as it turns out, they're my husband's preferred preparation). I spritz the pods with nonstick spray, and use a lid on the pan, and we haven't had too much trouble getting the eggs out of the pods, but we did have one that stuck.

    I think that if you're good at poaching to begin with, you'll find them cumbersome. For me, I like the extra help.

    1. We just got them in the shop. I may have to bring a couple home and give them a try. They are a pretty green though.

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      1. re: Candy

        I still haven't gotten around to trying them but I had a customer in today who bought 2 more sets. She said she just loves them. I may have to break down and give them a try. We just don't eat many poached eggs and I've never had a problem with the white vinegar and swirled water technique.

      2. Gimmicks like those are ridiculous. You don't need anything weird to help you poach an egg, just a skillet and good technique. Fill a skillet almost to the top with water, and add a splash of white vinegar (the lower pH helps keep the whites together) and a teaspoon of salt. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Crack the eggs into individual handled cups (this is so you can put all the eggs into the water at the same time), then tip the cups into the water at the same time. Cover it, take the skillet completely off the burner, and let it sit for five minutes. Pull the eggs out with a slotted spoon, and enjoy.

        1. I bought them because they were cute and I love green. I tried them once and had the same experience as you. They'll probably go to Goodwill soon.

          1. Brushing them w/ oil didn't work out so hot for me, but a quick spray of non stick spray worked quite nicely.