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How to poach an egg

4 servings

servings

7 minutes

total time

Ingredients

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

eggs, as many as you want to poach

Directions

Comment:

The vinegar and swirling aren't necessary. The key is 100% in the temperature of the water. The white cooks at a lower temperature than the yolk so, for a runny yolk, keep the water just hot enough to firm up the white, but no hotter, and you'll have a perfect poached egg (in about the time it takes to toast the bread - timing isn't crucial). The white firms up at about 60-65C, so well below boiling point and, if there are no bubbles, the white stays together fine.

I don't know why it needs to be so complicated. Just boil the water, let it come off the boil so it's not bubbling anymore, and then crack the egg dreinto it. The hot, still water will set the white very quickly without it all spreading. Then you can turn it back up a little, to a simmer, and cook the yoke how you want it.

All this whirpool stuff and vinegar is what puts people off doing poached eggs and there is just no need for it.

Fill a large saucepan with water and add the vinegar. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn the heat down to a simmer.

Crack the egg into a small bowl. For a perfect egg with no wispy white bits, crack into a fine strainer and allow the runnier egg white to drain off.

Stir the water to create a gentle whirlpool which will help the egg white wrap around the yolk. Then carefully slide the egg into the water making sure the heat is low enough not to throw the egg around - there should only be small bubbles rising.

Cook for 3-4 mins, until the white is cooked through.

Remove gently using a slotted spoon and blot any water from the base on a tea towel or kitchen paper. You can add more than one egg to the pan but make sure each one has enough room.

Nutrition

Serving Size

-

Calories

74

Total Fat

5 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Unsaturated Fat

-

Trans Fat

-

Cholesterol

-

Sodium

0.15 mg

Total Carbohydrate

-

Dietary Fiber

-

Total Sugars

-

Protein

7 g

4 servings

servings

7 minutes

total time
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