Eggies? Useful? Reviews please.
- Kris in Beijing Apr 10, 2013 09:11 PM
I'm intrigued by Eggies.
Seems like I could concoct something approaching molecular gastronomy if I had a set.
Anyone have some that they love?
Tried and then stopped using?
Received as a "foodie" gift, got offended, but have used?
Step 1-- add egg white, 1/3 of container; microwave until just "jelled."
Step 2-- add whatever weird middle I desire, preferably of a golden hue; m'wave slightly if necessary
Step 3 -- top off with egg white; boil like a regular HB egg until a bit past jelled.
Open. Slice. Marvel at my wonderful creation.
~or~ more probably~
Open. Slice. Marvel at my concoction in wonder.
If the using-actual-eggs worked to some extent, I'd move into other things.
What can be "set" by being in a container inside boiling water?
Ground turkey with sausage seasonings, make the middle an actual egg yolk.
Mashed potatoes, centre gravy.
Grated and pressed Cauliflower, cheesey middle.
I'm still pondering...
My wife only does egg whites and bought these so she could make hard boiled egg whites (using cartons of egg white rather than whole eggs). They work fine, but it's a fairly fussy fix for a simple hard boiled egg.
I agree with the review posted. They are way more trouble than they are worth. My husband is the gadget king. If it is new and interesting, he wants it and he does not care in the least if a product is only good for one thing.
After trying it out three tomes (just to make sure it wasnt learning issue) he threw our set away. It was way too much work and the end product really was no better than a hard boiled egg in its natural shell.
These have been around for a long long long time. They are egg coddlers and generally made of porcelain. I have some from Royal Worcester. Many of the china manufacturers made them. Some matched china patterns some were plain. E-Bay has a number of them, mainly from Worcester. The are quite reasonably priced.
Some of them could hold 2 or more eggs. The idea was that you buttered the inside of the coddler, if you wanted to add herbs or other things like bits of ham etc.you did it then. Break the egg into the jar, screw on top and lower into boiling water and cook to the firmness you desire, soft, med, or hard cooked.
That commercial is silly. Actually I find any ad like that ridiculous, stressing how difficult it is to cook an egg. Go to E-Bay and get some that are attractive. They are quite reasonably priced.
My sister bought Eggies at the dollar store thinking it would be useful for deviled eggs. She has chickens and she finds really fresh eggs are hard to peel. So we tried the thing and it worked ok, although we mangled some eggs trying to ease them out of the container. The main problem was that one end of the egg is open, so you can see the yolk. That's just how it works; we didn't do anything wrong that I know of. So for deviled eggs it was a bust. Cutting the egg in half does not yield two stuffable egg halves.
I'm always a bit amazed that people buy hard boiled eggs at the supermarket. How hard is it to boil eggs? The mark-up on a dozen boiled eggs is ridiculous. '
That said, go to Amazon.com and read the customer reviews. Out of 417 reviews, 312 rated Eggies 1-star. Cleaning the Eggies cups of egg residue seems to be a major complaint.
re: Kris in Beijing
If your heart is set on trying out your idea (which does sound rather intriguing) I would definitely look for Eggies in one of those "As Seen on TV Stores" or even in Walgreens or CVS (most seem to have an ASoTV aisle) to avoid the S&H charge, and if you don't like it you can just return it and not have to deal with the nightmare that comes with dealing with a return with one of these companies.
Have fun with it and let us know how it turns out. Eggs are probably my favorite food so I'm curious and now a bit hungry, too.
I was at The Dollar Tree today (where everything sold is really a dollar!) and they had something called an "EZ Egg Cook" for a buck. It looked just like an Eggie, but it came with just one in a package. It looks like there are a couple of Dollar Tree stores in your area (if you're still in Woodbridge); maybe you can call them and see if they are carrying the Egg Cook?
Cool!! Yeah, there's a Dollar Tree next to PetsMart in the plaza with an awkward Japanese place so I can check this week.
As an addendum-- you seem just as sensitive as I am to all the __ Dollar, Dollar ___ stores that sell overpriced old lot stuff like bed-in-a-bag sets for $149.99.
Bought a set at a yard sale for $1... cuz they were unopened in packaging, something I'd NEVER pay "good money" for, and only a BUCK!?! Used once, made oddly shaped eggs, PITA clean-up... cleaned up and donated to a thrift shop. Thought, IF they worked well, would be like a soft-boiled egg without dealing with the shell.