LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - "As with any product we test here on ‘Does it Work?', they all claim to make your life just a bit easier in one way or another. Now instead of grabbing a pot, filling it with water, boiling the eggs, and trying to figure out exactly how long it's going to take to get a soft, medium, or hard boiled egg, we have this little cup here that will measure, per egg, the consistency you want: soft, medium, or hard. You pour into the top of this unit and a buzzer will tell you when the egg is cooked to the perfect level," I said.
First, I headed to the sink and filled the measuring cup to the level needed for seven hard boiled eggs. I filled the bottom of the metal pan with the measured water and placed the egg rack on top. I then pierced each egg on the pointed end of the egg with the provided piercer located in the egg rack. This is done to allow steam to escape from the egg. After placing seven eggs on the rack, hole side facing up, I put the lid on and plugged in our Egg Genie. Sixteen minutes later, the buzzer sounded. I unplugged the cooker and let the eggs cool by running cool water over them.
Next up, I tried poaching some eggs. So I broke four eggs and poured them into the poaching attachment. The required water recommended by the book was in the medium, four level line on the measuring cup. I poured the measured water in the base of the Egg Genie. Then I placed the attachment on the egg rack, covered it, and plugged it in to the outlet. In about ten minutes, the buzzer sounded and I removed the poached eggs. Finally, I followed the instructions to cook four soft boiled eggs.
I gave my conclusions as follows: "It's time for the moment of truth. We have all the eggs peeled. First of all, the poached egg here. It looks like it did a pretty decent job on that-still a little yolky there. We also have the hard boiled egg here, and we'll see if that cooked all the way through. It looks relatively hard like you'd typically see with a hard boiled egg. Now the moment of truth on the soft boiled. Looks like it did a pretty decent job on that--definitely a different consistency in the yolk. So, three for three."
The Egg Genie steams a hard YES for this week's "Does it Work?" test. The Egg Genie we found cost $19.99.
Web Extra: So here are some additional notes from my experience with the Egg Genie. Overall, it was a relatively simple device to use. The instruction booklet spells out in detail what you need to do for boiled eggs in shell as well as the poacher attachment. It also contains some recipes, which I did not have time to try. The device suggests the use of distilled water as to no add unwanted flavor or discoloration to the eggs from impurities in tap water. I used tap water, and I did not run into any discoloration of the eggs or any flavor issues; however, I did notice the water left somewhat of a brown ring on the metal pan after cooking. It wiped off easily on cleaning. I also worried that I would break the egg with the provided piercing needle. I did not break a single egg and I found I needed only to apply gentle pressure to poke the hole.
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