Whats the perfect way to poach an egg ?

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  1. addytheace

    addytheace

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    Hi, 

    I just wanted to ask all you great chefs what the perfect way to poach an egg, i have tried many times but here are the results

    1st - I tried dropping the egg in boiling water. result = it just scattered into a million pieces

    2nd - I tried putting the egg in boiling water after tuning off the heat and defusing bubbles = the egg came out to be like an octopus ran over buy a car

    3rd - I tried stirring round and round while putting the egg in, it turned out to be a ball with the tentacles. 

    I know ill keep practicing, but any pointers would be nice
     
  2. brianshaw

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    Try simmering, not boiling, water and the freshest eggs you can get. A little vinegar in the water helps too.
     
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  3. jimyra

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    I like to put the egg in a dish and gently add it to the simmering slightly acid water.  I then will gently turn it over.  I dry if using or place in an ice bath for later service.
     
  4. cheflayne

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    Break the eggs into one of these,


    a fine mesh strainer.

    Gently swirl around a bit to let excess watery loose whites to run off.

    Lower into simmering acidulated water.
     
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  5. koukouvagia

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    Adding vinegar to the water is so unecessary and makes eggs taste like vinegar. 

     
  6. summer57

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    I swirl the almost simmering water into a circle, then gently slip in the egg which is in small ramekin. The swirling water helps form the egg into a nice round shape.  Turn the water off the heat, put a lid on the pan. Pull when it's done to your taste. Perfect every time. I agree with Kou about vinegar being unnecessary - it changes the texture of the white. And, as BrianShaw said, freshest eggs possible.
     
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  7. chefross

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    I just saw this the other day while reading a food magazine. Place a square piece of plastic wrap over a soup cup and crack an egg into it.

    Pull up the four sides of the plastic and twist tie them together. Pick up the pouch and place it in a saucepan of simmering water. Poaches like a charm and the egg has an amazing presentation.......
     
  8. dectra

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    I spotted this method (somewhere), and plan to try it out this weekend. It is a pre-poach method so they can be reheated in a couple of minuets and assembled on the Benedict of choice.

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    Get a pot of salted water warming up. Don’t add vinegar, with the straining technique below, it's not needed.

    Break a very fresh egg into a small cup, then transferring it to a wire mesh strainer and swirling it around. This will drain away a lot of the excess watery white, giving you a nice, tight egg shape that will poach cleanly.

    Transfer the egg to a large bowl. Place a steamer basket insert inside the pot. The water should be just starting to bubble when you add the eggs.

    Carefully tip the eggs into the basket, trying to drop them in one at a time. The closer you get to the surface of the water the better. The goal here is to space the eggs evenly so they have room to achieve a nice shape. Don't worry, so long as you didn't break them they won't stick together in the water.

    Once they've settled down and sat in the water for about 15 seconds, you can very gently start moving them and flipping them with a slotted spoon. The more the eggs get flipped and rotated, the better their finished shape will be.

    After three to four minutes, the egg white should be fully set with the yolks still tender. You can test this by gently picking one up with a slotted spoon and poking the yolk with your fingertip. It should feel like a plump water balloon. Using the strainer, remove all eggs from the water.

    Immediately transfer eggs to a bowl of very cold water to stop the cooking process. Once all of your eggs are chilled, you can transfer them to a sealable container and top them up with cold water. Cover and store in the fridge for several days if needed.
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2017
  9. addytheace

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    Wow. thanks for the reply guys, yes vinegar definitely helped the eggs are looking something like edible, i think with a bit of more practice I will surely get the hang of it