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Nov 27, 2012 10:26 AM

What's your favorite uni-tasker?

Last week I bought a uni-tasker, and I am so happy with it! I got an electric egg cooker, and I think it may be up there as my favorite kitchen tool ever!

So, I can not make good eggs. I have tried every "perfect" recipe, from putting vinegar in the water, to making them in the electric water kettle (a'la Alton Brown). My sister has her no-fail recipe which like other methods, only worked occasionally for me. I didn't have trouble with green rings, my problem was always peeling, with the pock-marked eggs looking like they lost a serious battle.

My husband, who is German, suggested that I get an egg cooker. They are a mainstay in German kitchens and even the drugstores there carry them. I finally found one in the US and bought it. My life has CHANGED!

Seriously, this is the coolest thing ever! You just add the number of eggs you want, add the correct amount of water, pierce the top of the eggs, and start it. It adjusts (by the amount of water) to soft, medium or hard eggs, and up to 7 eggs at once. It's like magic! And the eggs are perfectly cooked - no hassle, and they peel like a DREAM! I can't believe how much I love this thing!

The only drawback is that there is a scale left on the bottom after making the eggs, but I immediately poured in a spoonful of white vinegar. By the time it cooled, I just wiped it out and the scale was gone.

So, what's YOUR favorite uni-tasker?

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    1. My electric kettle. Boils water in what seems like seconds, has adjustable temp control too if I just need hot.

      julie- I used to swear by my garlic press too (actually it was mom's, so well over 40 years old) but these days I use my micro-plane. Fast and so much easier for me to clean.

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      1. re: foodieX2

        That's what I used before I got this press. My old press was a PITA to clean, but this one is super easy.... the "holey" part swings out so you just have to rinse it off pretty much, versus having to dig in there to get all the bits out. You also don't have to pre-peel the garlic, which is my least favorite kitchen task.

        1. re: foodieX2

          That reminded me - I not only have my mom's garlic press, I also have her 50-year old egg slicer. I have gone through one about every 6 months, minimum, since I usually use them to slice mushrooms, and the wires just go "sproong" eventually. But hers has hung in through years of use. They just don't make 'em like that anymore!

          1. re: Jaz Cooks

            So true! I have my moms english muffin slicer (yet another uni-tasker I love!), and a number of her other gadgets that still work great and can not seem to be replaced if I ever had too.

          2. re: foodieX2

            I had to laugh at the comment about the kettle, just because it's such a basic piece of kitchen kit in Britain. If someone DIDN'T have a kettle, that would be weird. Your comment suggests it's a bit more novelty where you are.

            1. re: limoen

              That it is. Most people mock it as just another stupid/expensive/extraneous item that takes up counter space.

              And usually they are end up buying one themselves after spending the weekend!

              1. re: foodieX2

                I have an electric kettle instead of a microwave. Heating water was about 90% of what I used a microwave for, so I ditched it. After years of using the MW, I found out that leftovers taste better when they are heated on the stove anyway! So it was a total win-win!

                1. re: foodieX2

                  I guess we just drink that much more tea! Speeds up cooking pasta and blanching, etc - anything where water needs to be boiling first - too.

                  1. re: limoen

                    I do that a lot if I'm short on time -- boiling the water in the kettle gives you a substantial headstart. (also uses less energy, for the green-minded folks)

              1. The dirtiest inch in the kitchen... my electric can opener.

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                1. re: Hank Hanover

                  I have to admit, I miss having one of those things. Never got around to buying one when I moved out of Mom's house.

                2. I have the same issue (and cannot stand one more person giving me a failproof method that somehow isn't failproof for me). I LOVE my egg cooker too.