After the failure of the Microwave Egg-Poacher to provide anything but perfectly hard-boiled eggs … we saw on another forum that Argos had a Carbon Steel Egg Poacher for just £5.99
- 20cm fry pan with 4 poaching cups and a glass lid
- 0.7mm gauge
- Bakelite handle
- Suitable for Electric, Induction and Gas hobs
I have no idea what any of those things mean but … I can tell you that the first go with it gave great success.
As no instructions were included, we did the following,
- Oiled the poaching cups with butter
- Put 1 inch or so of water in the frying pan bit (and made sure that that the water didn’t touch the cups)
- Heated the water till it was lightly bubbling … whilst leaving the glass lid on
- Cracked the eggs into the poaching cups
- Placed the tray and poaching cups into the frying pan and replaced the glass lid
- Keep cooking till the tops of the eggs go solid (jiggle the pan to see if they were set)
- Remove the poaching tray
- Using a plastic spatula ease the egg onto the buttered Toast, Ham and Hollandaise sauce to make the Eggs Benedict
Now the purists will say that that poaching an egg can only be done when dropping the egg into water … I agree … but it’s rather inconvenient to heat up all that water.