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Phew! It's been a busy weekend full of good food, fun times, playing badminton, and new experiences in the kitchen (including some bad karma)...

I wanted to post some pictures from my experiments with poaching eggs (spurred on, of course, by Julia Child). As you'll see I'm not doing too well and I'm still trying to figure out what the missing component is..

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Mostly what's been happening is that the egg white completely runs away from me and just melds with the water instead of attempting to come around the yolk so you get a gorgeous little result like this one.

So! being a persistent and determined person (already having made learning how to poach an egg a goal for the summer), I went to multiple sources to figure out the main components:

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1. Water that is just barely simmering, between 160 and 180 degrees. See? Got that down...

2. A splash of vinegar (I'm using white distilled and I'm rather suspicious that this might be my problem ingredient...)

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3. Using a ramekin or other small dish to plop the egg in (as close to the surface as possible) so that the yolk doesn't break on impact.

4. Creating a whirlpool in the center not only to cool the water down but also to create a natural spinning effect that should wrap the white around the yolk.

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And yet, helas...

More experimenting to come....

 


Comments

Robyn

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 1:24:46 pm

Okay, so it may not be very classy, but a really easy way to poach an egg is in a plastic bag!!! crack the egg in the bag, tie it up with some string, and plop it in. really beautiful result!!! :)

 

Blubird607

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 1:53:53 pm

Yea, i have to admit I bought some egg poaching pods as they call them as a last resort...but I'm still determined to figure out how to do it the right way!!

-Claire

 

Becca

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 4:04:22 pm

I've never had a problem poaching eggs, so I'm not quite sure what I'm doing right to tell you. Other than I have it at a simmer like you say and I let it in very slowly, rolling off the cracked shell. Hmmm...maybe I'll try it when I get home from work and see!

 

Blubird607

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 4:06:20 pm

but do you use vinegar? or salt? or nothing at all..?

 

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 2:29:22 am

Therefore be at peace with God.

 



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