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How to poach eggs easily

Find out how to poach eggs easily to get gooey, runny yolks with set whites every time. Read on to find out all the tips, including what type of eggs to poach, if you need vinegar to poach eggs, different methods for poaching eggs and how to use poached eggs.

How to poach eggs easily

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 09:55 -- Editor - myfoodbook

How to poach eggs easily

Eggs are delicious and packed full of essential nutrients, making them a fantastic addition to any meal. But are you struggling to get cafe-worthy poached eggs? Here are the best tips for poaching eggs easily. We have three of the easiest techniques, including the whirlpool method, the frypan method, and the oven method. Try these different tips and tricks to find what works best for you. You’ll have perfectly runny yolks and tender whites every time.

The best type of egg to poach

The journey to a perfect poached egg begins before you even put the water on to boil. Choosing the right egg will make your job much easier. What type of egg is good for poaching?

  • Fresh: The freshest eggs will be easier to poach because fresh eggs hold together better, helping you get a lovely round shape. When eggs get older, the whites thin out. This can lead to lots of feathery, wispy whites, and a poached egg that's flat or not as nicely shaped.

If you need a poached egg right now but don’t have any fresh eggs, check out the oven method in the video below!

  • Room temperature: Take your eggs out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before you poach them. Cold eggs will lower the temperature of the water and slow down the cooking process. This is especially important if you’re cooking multiple eggs.

The best tips to poach an egg

Now you have the right eggs, you’re halfway to success! Follow these tips to make cooking them easy.

  • Crack eggs into a small bowl first: This way you have better control when you transfer the eggs into the water. Gently tip the eggs from the bowl into the water.
     
  • Bring the water to a simmer: Avoid putting the eggs into water at a rolling boil, or the delicate eggs will be broken up by the movement of the water. A gentle simmer is ideal, and a few small bubbles are okay. Check out the video below to see how the water should look.
     
  • Do you need to add vinegar to poach eggs: Adding a splash of vinegar to the water sets the whites faster, so you have fewer wispy bits. However, if you follow the other tips this extra step usually isn't necessary.
     
  • Avoid stirring immediately: Don’t be tempted to move the egg around too soon after you put it in the water as this can break up the whites before they’re set.
     
  • Put a timer on: If you’re a first time poacher, it helps to put a timer on for three minutes for perfectly cooked eggs. Look for firm, opaque whites with a jiggly yolk. The video below shows what a perfectly cooked egg should look like just out of the water.
     
  • Use a slotted spoon: It’s much easier to scoop out the slippery egg with a slotted spoon than a regular ladle or spoon. It also lets any excess water drip away. Have it at the ready so you’re not rushing to find one when your eggs are cooked.

The easiest way to poach an egg

Need an even easier way to poach eggs? Watch the video below for the frypan method and the oven method. We also have delicious poached egg recipes for any time of the day, check them out below!

GET THE TECHNIQUE: Three easy ways to get perfectly poached eggs

The whirlpool method, the frypan method and the oven method are all easy ways to get beautifully poached eggs.

 

Now you're an expert at poaching eggs, find out how to fry and boil the perfect egg.

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