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How to Poach Eggs Perfectly Every Time

Gabriel Wilson loves to cook, eat tasty foods and drink a glass of wine. And not wash up.

Soft, runny poached eggs oozing deliciously over buttered brown soda bread is a favorite breakfast of mine: it's healthy and low calorie too. Below is an easy and simple method to achieve perfectly poached eggs every time to ensure your eggs are just right; a soft and runny egg yolk with a firm, solid egg white.

Cook And Rate

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

3 min

3 min

6 min

serves 2

Poaching Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 4 very fresh free range eggs at room temperature
  • a splash of one of the following: apple cider vinegar, a fruit based vinegar or a white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
  • boiling water straight from the kettle

Utensils:

  • a deep bottomed pot
  • four espresso cups or similar sized coffee cups
  • a slotted spoon

Method:

  • Pour the boiling water into the deep bottomed pot over a medium heat, allowing the water to simmer lightly.
  • Add in the salt.
  • Add in the splash of whichever vinegar you are using.
  • Crack each egg into one of the four individual espresso cups.
  • Gently lower the cup into the simmering water (hold the cup by the handle) and tip the cup slightly, thus allowing the egg to slip gently into the simmering water.
  • Repeat with the remaining eggs.
  • Simmer the eggs for 2 minutes (use a timer, timing is crucial).
  • Turn off the heat and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for a further minute.
  • Remove the poached eggs from the hot water with a slotted spoon.

To Serve:

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  • Serve on thickly sliced homemade buttered brown soda bread.
  • Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt.
Perfectly poached eggs

Perfectly poached eggs

Poached eggs on buttered homemade brown soda bread, delicious and healthy.

Poached eggs on buttered homemade brown soda bread, delicious and healthy.

Cook's Tips

Using a light flavored vinegar like apple cider, a fruit based or white wine vinegar ensures you don't get that horrible vinegar taste that ordinary malt vinegar has. Malt vinegar has a very strong flavor and is best kept for your french fries.

Using the little cups helps mould the egg, hence keeping a nice round shape.

To achieve perfect poached eggs every time, you will need very fresh eggs. To test your eggs to ensure they are fresh, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Fill a deep bowl with cold water.
  • Gently place the egg into the water.
  • If the egg sinks, it's fresh.
  • A really fresh one will sit a the bottom of the bowl.
  • If it floats, it's not so fresh; the older the egg, the higher it will float.
  • A really old one will float near the top of the bowl.

The theory behind this test; the more air in the egg the older it is, hence the higher it floats.

A Few Interesting Nutrition Facts for the Average Hen Egg:

Eggs are a low fat food with only a mere 70 to 80 calories per average medium egg. Eggs are a readily available cheap and healthy food source. Eggs are full of vitamins and minerals which the body requires on a daily basis for healthy functioning. Among numerous essential vitamins and minerals eggs contain:

  • Protein: essential for healthy growth and muscle repair
  • Vitamin A: helps to maintains healthy skin tissue and eye tissue
  • Vitamin E: maintains good health and helps fights infection
  • Numerous B vitamins including folic acid; prevents birth defects and choline; promotes healthy brain development
  • Vitamin D: essential for the development of strong bones and strong teeth
  • Iodine: controls the functioning of the thyroid glands
  • Iron: maintains a healthy supply of red blood cells
  • Zinc: helps promote a healthy immune system

© 2012 Gabriel Wilson

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