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I always find boiling eggs a bit hit and miss, they either end up too runny, too hard and very rarely just right! But we do all enjoy boiled eggs with toasted soldiers in our house when they are cooked correctly!
I was looking around everywhere today for an egg ring in order to try and make homemade crumpets when I came across an Egg Perfect egg timer in Poundland. It wasn't what I was looking for but never the less I bought it anyway.
So for tonight's supper my boys had boiled eggs with soldiers.
This is quite a cool little kitchen gadget, it's egg shaped but flat on the bottom and it's actually quite heavy, it's all see through plastic except for the red 'timer' in the middle, on this is a guide which lets you know when your eggs are soft, medium or hard.
I popped this in the pan along with 3 eggs and I really didn't know what to expect but keeping a watchful eye over the pan I saw the timer gradually change colour from red to white and when the outer circle hit the medium I took the eggs out of the pan.
We don't like our eggs too soft so I guessed that medium would be ideal and you know what? It worked!
I put the eggs into egg cups and sliced off the tops, inside the yolk was of a nice creamy consistency and the white was perfect, my boys wolfed down their supper and were pleased that their eggs were perfect!
I really hope this gadget lasts as it really does work and at just £1... A complete bargain!
~~My experience with the product~~
From a young age I loved a boiled egg with soldiers for breakfast and I wanted to make some for my daughter but I could only ever make them too soft or hard boiled not medium the way I liked them. While out shopping I went in £stretcher with my friend and stumbled across this egg timer. It looked abit basic but for a pound I was willing to give it a try in the hope that it did what it says on the packaging 'Perfect eggs every time'.
The next morning I opened the backing card and plastic covering to reveal the highlight red egg. I placed it in the pan with the eggs, watched and waited. When the bubbles appeared the red egg began to turn white round the outer edges to represent how cooked each egg was. The white edge grew wide very fast and before I knew it, it was indicating the eggs were soft. When breaking into the eggs they were soft but abit too soft for me so we had weetabix instead.
I tried it again a week later because they were too soft last time I waited until it indicated they were medium boiled and the eggs were perfect for me. And my daughter is now a lover of boiled eggs with soldiers. In my opinion you do have to watch this product as it can be difficult to see when the eggs are done to the way you like them with the bubbles covering the egg and it surprised me how fast the 2minutes seemed to go when you could see how the eggs were being cooked.
The simplicity of this product is great and it takes the stress out of what should be an easy task to begin with. The price is great and with how reliable the product is each time its excellent value for money.
Although there are a large number of other egg timers out there I wouldn't change to a different one.
~~About the product~~
A red egg shaped timer with the description of how the egg will be printed on the face of it. The bottom of it is flat for sitting in the pan to absorb the heat to calculate how cooked the egg is. It easily fits in my small pan with 4other eggs which is great as it doesnt take up much room with being around the size of an actual chickens egg and can tell you how more than one egg is cooked.
Hard - Medium - Soft which go from the centre with Hard being written followed by medium further to the outside then soft on the edge of the egg representation.
Once it has been used it will be completely white and will take about an hour to return to red on its own but to speed that up place in cold water or the fridge.
I brought mine in £Stretcher but there are many stores that sell this product at £1 such as Pound land and Wilkinsons. The egg timer is also available online so it is easy to get hold of and replace if it gets misplaced.
~~Downsides to the product~~
Ive found the egg face can start to glaze over which makes it hard to see the writing on the front and as a result you end up with hard boiled eggs. Aswell as this happening when your using it the boiling water bubbles can make it very hard to see the egg face so you end up with hard boiled eggs if your not careful but to combat this just take the pan off the heat if it becomes to unclear that you cant see the writing at all.
I believe this product is great value for money and I purchased another one when my Dad asked if he could try it out and I never got it back. i wouldn't be without one now that ive used one. I wish Id got this product sooner instead of wasting all the eggs through trial and error in learning how to make that perfect boiled egg!
I love boiled egg and soldiers....but only when the egg yolk is dip-able!! It's SO disappointing when you crack open your egg and find a very solid yolk, that even the toughest solidier isn't going to dip into! Maybe if I was given a chicken every time I overboiled my egg, I would have had enough eggs to practice on and perfected it by now! But the truth is, getting that perfect soft boiled egg isn't that easy, or at least it wasn't that easy. Since buying the Egg-Perfect Eggtimer I now have the perfect soft boiled egg everytime.
The timer is egg-shaped with a flat bottom so it sits nicely in the pan without wobbling about. Using it is very simple. Just place it in a pan of water with as many eggs as you require and let the water boil. As the eggs cook the timer changes colour, from red to black, from the outside in. There are 3 lines on the timer, marked soft, medium hard. Inbetween these lines are 3 secondary indicators. As the timer changes colour the black begins to cross these lines, when it hits the line of your choice, whip your egg out! If someone else is wanting their egg slightly firmer, then leave their egg in! It really is as simple as that! When you're finished take the timer out of the water and leave it to cool. The instructions advise allowing it to cool slowly, so don't run cold water on it!
It may take you a couple of attempts to work out when to take the egg out according to your preference. The first time I used it I took it out at the first 'soft' line, only to find that it was a little too soft for my liking (I like the white to be firm), the second time (and everytime since!) I left it to the secondary line, between soft and medium, which produced the perfect egg for me!
I have seen the timer priced at around £6, but I paid £1.99 for mine from Amazon, then later, after being so impressed with it, I bought my mum one, also for £1.99. So shop around!
I've had mine for a couple of years now and it's still working fine. If it ever begins to fail I will buy another without hesitation, never before has getting the perfect egg been so easy!
I mine and my mother's house, for a good five years now, we have had a very nifty little gadget kicking around- and oh do I adore my nifty little gadgets! This little wunderkind is the egg perfect egg timer- this beauty is practically legendary! So I am honoured to be the first to give my opinions on this brilliant piece of kit.
::::: The product :::::
The Egg Perfect egg timer relies on a pretty simple piece of design genius to mean that you get a perfectly boiled egg (whether you like them soft, medium or hard) every time you use it. It features a little colour changing disk in the middle, that takes in to account water temperature and number of eggs to give you consistent results without you having to be constantly guarded about your eggs. It is an egg shaped piece of material that you put into your pan with your eggs. There are indicators engraved on the surface to show you when the coloured disk reaches the point that your eggs will be soft, hard or medium boiled, so there's pretty much nothing you can get wrong with it.
::::: The Effect :::::
Simply put, I really like this gadget. Being very fussy when it comes to eggs (come on, who likes to dip there soldiers into a yoke only to find soggy white bits?) I had avoided cooking them for a long time, until my mother and I came across this one day. Hesitantly, we used it, worried that it might just spoil a good batch of eggs, but to our surprise it worked perfectly, and we were left with six soft boiled eggs without any horrible undercooked bits to enjoy for our family breakfast- what a relief! The product is really intuitive to use- no complaints from me at all.
::::: The Price:::::
I believe we purchased the Egg Perfect timer from a Collectibles home ware store for around £5. Now, these products are pretty difficult to come across, in fact I haven't seen one kicking around in any shops since we purchased that one. It really is worth it weight in gold if you're a fan of your eggs and just as confused by the mechanics of egg boiling as I am.
A quick internet search tells me these are available off the world wide webs though- so no worries about availability after all.
::::: My Opinions :::::
If you hadn't guessed, I love this. It's just so useful- I can now enjoy eggs to my heart's content without worrying about how they're going to come out- a really top notch gadget that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
We were given this as a gift a few years ago and have not really used it very much until recently when the little lad saw it in our kitchen cupboard and asked us what it was. We weren't really sure ourselves how it worked, thinking of it just as a gimmicky kind of present that we would probably never really get around to using, but since he has asked we have found we have actually been using it a lot lately.
It is basically a plastic egg timer that you place inside your pan of eggs that you want to boil and as the eggs boil, then you are aware if they are ready or not. You can set it so that your eggs are either softly boiled, medium or hard boiled and the little lad loves it as he likes to watch and tell us when they are ready. It's a bit like a toy to him, we think, rather than a useful kitchen gadget.
I personally like this little timer because it is able to cook our eggs perfectly every time, regardless of whether or not we start the eggs with hot or cold water. Also, I like the fact that the timer is able to adapt to the number of eggs we have in the pan. By this, I mean that we can cook as many eggs as we want at once and there is no need to cook them one by one. Saves time and money on electricity!
There are little markers on the egg timer which tell you how your egg is progressing in terms of cooking, i.e soft, medium or hard boiled. I personally think it is always best to actually remove the pan from the boil BEFORE it gets to the marker you want it to get to. For example, it I want my egg soft boiled then I take it off a little bit beforehand otherwise while I start to butter my soldiers etc., it continues to boil and ends up hard - practice makes perfect, I think, even with something as simple as boiling an egg!
The timer is egg-sized pieceof plastic that has a disc in the middle that changes colour as the egg cooks. The color changing disc shrinks when it is heated around it and this is how you know how your eggs are cooking . the timer is cooked with the eggs and has a graduated scale that shows you how thoroughly your eggs are being cooked.
Also, one word of warning! Always keep an eye on your eggs and never ever leave them to boil dry because this little gadget is prone to melting in your pan as I have found to my cost. Also, make sure you allow the timer to cool down naturally as this avoids the timer cracking if you immediately plunge it into cold water!
Our little lad likes soft boiled eggs with his soldiers and they are boiled to perfection every time we have used this thing. I have seen them advertised in shops and I am sure they are still available to buy for the £2 mark or thereabouts, so they are not too expensive.
As I say, I love the fact that you do not just have to cook one egg at a time either. It can be adapted to cook several eggs at once and you can take out the soft boiled ones first and then let the rest of them boil up to hard level if you wanted them too - although we all tend to eat our eggs soft in our house anyway.
A great little gadget and really recommended by us all.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
I love perfect soft boiled eggs with hot buttered batons of toast to dip into it. However I struggle to get the timing right! I have used a stop watch and various methods to check when the eggs are ready. As a stocking filler, last Christmas I received the Egg-Perfect timer to help me achieve the perfect egg!
The Egg-Perfect Egg Timer is such a novel and great gift. It is so simple to use and it is extremely accurate!
*Price and availability*
I was shocked to see how cheap the timer is! You can pick one up for around £1.99.
The Egg-Perfect Egg Timer is made from plastic and is shaped like a regular egg. The plastic has a color changing disc in the middle, which shrinks when it is heated. The effect of this is that as the egg gets hotter, the egg changes colour. There is a graduated scale that shows you how well those eggs are cooked in relation to the colour of the plastic egg. As you start to heat the egg up, you will notice that a shadow will pass over the egg and it will get darker. The egg starts off red and gradually gets darker and darker to inside with the scale printed on the egg.
Let the egg cool and then I like to hand wash with soapy water and then dry off. I keep it in a drawer until I next want an egg! avoid flash cooling as this can damage the egg. What ever you do, do not put it in the dish washer as this can really damage the egg.
I always cook my soft boiled eggs with the timer and I have perfect results every time. I like this little gadget because it looks good and it is a great idea!
If you want a hard-boiled egg this thing will give you a perfectly cooked one rather than one that has been boiled too much and the yolk has started to dry out. It doesn't matter how many eggs you are cooking or what temperature the water is. The egg is perfectly cooked without you having to do anything, besides keep an eye on the colour!
I think this makes a great gift as not many people have seen them and when they do, they think that it is such a cool invention.
I will never be a good chef, in Delia's how to cook series, her first lesson was how to cook an egg, I failed miserably at this and resigned myself to being terrible in the kitchen. BUT AH-HA Delia! I have found something that takes the pressure off cooking and ends with successful products every time! The scle is really easy to follow and you really con not go wrong.
The product seems to be lasting well and I have had mine for 9 months so far, I think that as long as you look after the egg, it will last a long time and provide you with reliable results.
Are you an egg-pert at cooking eggs, do you know how long it takes to make the perfect egg for your requirements? If not, why not let the egg-per'fect colour changing egg timer help you. This is a really nifty product that I received as a gift, probably not something I would buy myself but it is quite a handy kitchen item.
It looks like an actual egg and feels like an actual egg although it is made of red plastic and is flat on one side so you can place it in the pan and it will stay there and not wobble around like actual eggs do so it really doesn't look too much like an egg but hey! It's a heat sensitive product and basically works by changing colour, getting less red, when time passes and the water gets hotter. There are three marks on the egg timer, soft, medium and hard and when the timer reaches you desired level of cooking you just take the eggs out of the pan.
I found this has worked really quite well. For the last couple of months because I am pregnant I have basically just been eating hard boiled eggs as you are not allowed to eat runny eggs so I have just always only taken my eggs out of the pan when the timer says hard. This is important as they really do need to be hard and so far so good, every time, the yolks are yellow and hard and still yummy although I do love a yummy runny egg but oh well, I will get one soon enough.
The nice thing about this egg timer too is that you don't have to just do one egg at a time, the egg timer will adapt to the number of eggs in the pan so you can do the whole family at one time. A handy kitchen product.
When it comes to Kitchen gadgets and utensils it would seem that my Auntie really has an eye for a good product. She tends to pick them up from Lakeland, or as with this egg timer from Betterware and once she's satisfied that it does exactly what it's meant to she tends to buy one for my cousin, my mum and for Jen and I. As a result we got a Betterware Egg Perfect Timer when she came to visit last year as an additional Wedding present. As we both enjoy boiled eggs to either dunk some toast into or hard boiled in a salad this seemed like an excellent addition to our kitchen.
What is It
The Egg Perfect Timer is a device for timing how long you should leave an egg in the water in order to get soft, medium or hard boiled eggs. Traditionally this was done by a timer stood at the side of the cooker; however this device adopts a new, more accurate method of timing how long you need to cook your egg for. You place the egg timer actually in the water with the eggs and rather than relying on a best guess at how long it should take the timer detects the heat of the water and indicates what stage of the cooking process it is currently at.
But How Does It Do That?
The Egg Perfect Timer is when cold red and displays three black lines inside the plastic egg shaped coating to indicate soft, medium and hard. As the water heats up the red colour recedes and turns clear in order to indicate which stage of the cooking process the eggs are currently at. Once the clear section of the egg reaches your desired type of egg you simply turn the heat off and drain the eggs and from our experience your eggs will be exactly as you want them. Once it's finished and cooling the timer turns red again ready for its next plunge into the saucepan.
Egg Perfect Timer And Us
This is one of two options we have for boiling eggs as we also have a John Lewis Egg boiler that plugs in and does it all automatically but I've found we get much better results using the Betterware Egg Perfect Timer. It is a quick and easy method for timing eggs and I feel works a lot better than the original timers that sit alongside the cooker. By gauging the temperature of the water it provides a more accurate assessment of how well the eggs are cooking. I often like a soft boiled egg and have found that the results using the egg Perfect Timer have been far better than any other way of boiling eggs.
We were given our timer as a present but they are available in a wide ranging price bracket as I have seen them in the pound shop for, surprisingly £1 and in the likes of Lakeland for £4.99. this particular version of the Egg Perfect Timer came from the Betterware catalogue and currently costs £3.99 from that outlet.
For the price this is an excellent product and one I really would have no hesitation in recommending highly. It does have one flaw in that you have to keep a close eye on the pan as they are cooking to make sure you get the right eggs as it doesn't beep or ping when it gets to the desired egg type, but it does tend to cook them better due to its close proximity and egg like design. Other than this one flaw though this is an excellent gadget to have on hand in the kitchen if you enjoy boiled eggs of any consistency. A great product that no home should be without.
=== The product ===
An egg timer with a difference. It will measure whether your eggs are going to be hard, medium or soft boiled.
=== How to use it? ===
This egg timer should be added to a pan of water with your eggs. As the eggs are cooking this will then change colour inside slightly so you can see where on the gauges your eggs are. Whether they are hard, medium or soft there are little indication lines and as the eggs cook for longer the colour will stretch across showing that the egg is changing from soft to medium boiled.
=== Where can I buy this and for how much? ===
Mine was purchased from eBay a year or two ago and I believe these can be found on eBay, in Robert Dyas and also from Amazon.co.uk, among other places, with the price costing between £2 and £6 so it is worth shopping around. I have also seen a different version of this available from Poundland stores for £1.00 but I am unsure of the quality and purchased this one after reading lots of satisfactory reviews about it.
=== Overall opinion ===
This egg timer is absolutely brilliant! It is a little oval kind of shape. The bottom feels a little bit rubbery as does the outer shell. It's like a small base with the coated indicator and then there is a large oval bubble on the top. The design of it is small and it takes up about as much space as an egg in your saucepan when using it. Because this is small I just store it with my other utensils in a drawer and the fact that it is red/pink in colour makes it easy enough to find.
I find that no matter what level I have the gas on, how many eggs I am using or the depth of the water that this timer is always incredibly precise at showing me the level that the eggs are cooked to. When I remove the eggs from the pan I will usually leave them to just because the indicator level that I want. This then gives me time to prepare toast and put the eggs in egg cups as they usually continue to harden once they have been removed and before they are cracked open which is usually a minute or two. This allows me to time my eggs perfectly, every time, and no matter how many eggs I am cooking it never lets me down.
This timer works based on heat rather than time so therefore it will show you the level your egg is cooked to based on how hot the water is rather than how long the water has been boiling away. This obviously makes for a much more accurate result and in almost two years of using this it has never let me down.
Before I purchased this timer I would never get my eggs right and I'd just given up bothering to try and make eggs & soldiers because the eggs would always be hard and horrible. I have found a renewed love for making eggs now for breakfast and this means I can watch over my eggs for a few minutes and ensure that they are perfect every time.
The only small downside with using this, where we live in a hard water area, is that it will develop a film over the plastic but this is fairly easily rectified with a little elbow grease and a non scratch scourer.
I have been using this once, sometimes twice, per week and so far, after almost two years, it is still in perfect condition and works just as well today as the first day I bought it.
Boiling an egg must be one of the most basic, yet fundamental elements of cooking and it never ceases to amaze me when I read stories about people who can't figure out how to boil an egg, but as Delia says, "even the simplest of cooking demands a degree of care and attention". The thing with boiling an egg is getting it just right...20 seconds or so over the recommended cooking time could see your soft boiled egg turn into a medium soft boiled egg, and similarly, cook for 20 seconds less and your egg will be sloppy and not cooked right through, so even though we may laugh at those of us who cannot do what we refer to as the simple task of boiling an egg,,,,is it really as easy as we make it out to be? Well to those of you who do struggle to get a boiled egg just right - to the rescue is the egg-per'fect egg timer, gauranteed to cook your eggs perfectly every time.
***The egg-perfect egg timer***
What I love about this timer is there are no bells or whistles with this one, in it's simple and ingenious form, this egg timer comes in the form of a regular egg, only with a flat bottom for accurate pan placement. The egg shaped clear plastic timer has a red colour changing middle section which according to the scientific part, changes colour by measuring heat and not time to ensure that your eggs are cooked perfectly every time. We as individuals will obviously have our own personal preferences in relation to how we like our eggs cooked and the egg timer has thought of this. Presented in the colour changing middle there are 3 main sections you should focus on, Soft, Medium and hard, and there are also in between lines so if you want it medium soft or, medium hard you can.....it's kind of like cooking a steak....you can have it rare, medium rare, medium, medium well or well done, you just have to take the eggs out at the appropriate time to satisfy that personal preference.
***How easy is it to use***
The simple answer is very easy. Pop your eggs into a small pan filled with tap water, and in amongst your eggs pop your egg timer. The egg timer will just sit on the bottom of the pan while the water slowly starts to heat up. As you watch your eggs simmer away you will eventually start to see the coloured centre start to turn into a darker shade of red starting from the outside and working its way into the middle. The important thing to remember (as mesmerised as you may be at this point) is to take your eggs out of the simmering water when the dark red shade reaches the stage on the egg timer that matches how you want your eggs to be cooked. The little white lines indicate when you should take the egg out and should ensure that your egg is cooked to the desired level.
***Does it deliver the results***
I have been using the egg-perfect egg timer for years now as my parents have one and I have even bought one for my bottom drawer for when I get my own house. Time and time again this egg timer has delivered exceptional performance and I never cease to be amazed at how perfect my eggs end up every time, it really couldn't be easier. It doesn't matter if you're boiling 1 egg or 5, the egg timer will still ensure accurate results every time. It's the simplicity of this product that amazes me, and the self explanatory way it has been designed, you only have to look at it to know exactly how it should work. The only time this timer will not work is if it falls victim to human error and you walk away and leave your eggs to bubble away to a hard boiled black rubbery mess, so word of warning, keep an eye on the timer and the process is foolproof.
***How to care for your egg-timer***
Again,the timer is incredibly easy to look after as well as use, the only advice I can give you is be careful not to plunge the unit into cold water immediately after boiling as, from past experience, this totally screws up whatever element contained in the centre of the timer and it no longer works effectively....this happened to one of our first timers and we had to replace it. The timer we are still using has been going strong for 5 years plus now so it really is a durable little kitchen tool and if you're like me and my family, you will keep your egg timer in your cutlery drawer for easy access and neat storage....it's small enough not to be intrusive and doesn't take up a lot of space in your kitchen.
You can get the egg perfect egg timer at a large selection of online and highstreet retailers, and of course the price varies from retailer to retailer. We bought our one from John Lewis for £6, which may seem expensive for a little plastic egg, but given that my parents have had there's for over 5 years I think £6 is a small price to pay. Some retailers charge slighty less than this and some slightly more, but £6 seems to be around the average price.
If you regularly boil eggs and you're looking for a nifty little tool to make your egg boiling life easier, I highly recommend this. Perhaps you like your egg timer to make a noise?, unfortunately if that's the road you want to go down then the egg-perfect egg timer won't be very helpful, but if you're happy for your egg timer to silently bubble away in the pan with your eggs then this is definately the way to go. The colour change is so obvious that you can't get it wrong, and I can gaurantee that every time I've used the egg timer the results achieved have been as desired, I wouldn't swap this egg timer for anything else as it really is foolproof and it comes highly recommended in my book.
Brilliantly simple, the perfect colour changing egg timer is cheap, easy and perfect to get the perfect egg. My partner got it as a Christmas stocking filler and although these things usually get put to the back of the drawer we have used it ever since. The colour changes depending on your choice of egg. I have used it quite a number of times now and my eggs are eggsactly how I want them, no more guessing! It is useful to turn off the heat before it reaches the optimum egg type as the eggs will still cook and the timer takes this into account. You even get the same results when cooking with multiple eggs. Easy to store in an eggcup and washes easily. I have bought additional ones to take camping and as small presents for the rest of the family. Bargain! Would never cook an egg again without one.
This is not an item I would have bought had it have been any more expensive than the 99p postage I paid on 'I want one of those.com', but you can't really say no for that price! This kitchen product is a bit of a novelty item that you don't really need cluttering up your drawers but you're intrigued to buy it.
It is funnily enough, about the size of an egg and the shape of an egg that you place in your pan of boiling water with your eggs! The item is a clear and red colour with three markings across the surface of the egg timer with soft, medium and hard written on these. The egg timer goes in at the same time as your eggs and the red area on the egg decreases the longer it is in the boiling water. When the colour reaches the right marking that you want to have your boiled eggs then you remove them and voila, perfect eggs. This can go in with either cold or boiling water and adapts at exactly the same time as the solidifying eggs.
I have used this only a handful of times as I tend to forget that I have it in the cupboard, however I have to say that it has worked every time I have tried. It is a pretty clever product and supposedly also adapts to the number of eggs that you do in the pan. Having only had it for a few months and a small number of uses I can't comment too much on the durability of this product, however it appears and feels to be a tough and hardwearing piece of kit. Only time will tell.
The idea is great and it is quite a fun gadget to have in the house. For £1 you cannot go wrong with this novel and accurate egg timer. I have seen them in poundland recently if anyone is after giving it a go! Four stars as I think it is a bit silly and originally IWOOT were charging £5.
I absolutely love a soft yolk boiled egg with toast soilders and honestly believe it to be one of the nicest breakfasts you can have. Unfortunately I have never learnt the secret to making the pefect boiled egg and so I would boil mine until I was positive they were rock solid as I always lived in fear of cracking it open and getting the dreaded snotty white. The only time I would ever have a lovely soft boiled egg would be at my mums as she makes them perfectly.
It was actually my mum who bought me the egg perfect egg timer as she has heard me moaning for years and thought this might help me.
The egg perfect is shaped like an egg and is made from a plastic material that is heat sensitive so it changes colour to tell you how your egg is cooking.
What you do is place the timer in the pan with your egg or eggs and it will gradually change colour starting from the outside until it reaches the levels indicated on the timer which are soft, medium and hard. Once the colour change has reached the one you want then you know your egg is ready.
It is so incredibly simple but such a clever little gadget. What is so great about it is that there is no specific rules about using it and it doesn't matter if you put it in a pan of cold water or hot or if you are boiling one egg or six it will still work and time your eggs perfecly.
I find that it really does do what it promises and cooks my eggs perfectly and if one person wants soft and the other wants medium this is no problem and I don't have to stand around panicing that they are going to end up wrong.
The only slight downside is that you have to stand watch over the timer the entire time to ensure you get the egg out as soon as the timer says it is right. If it had a beeper in it then it would be absolutely perfect. This lttle flaw is just that a little one and doesn't change the fact that it is so useful.
I was shocked to learn that my mum had bought this in the pound shop of all places as it actually looks like a more expensive little gadget and for a pound I can't stress just how fantasticly worth the money it is for those of us who can't learn to master the perfect egg.
When my girlfriend picked this up in the pound shop I thought it was one of her more rubbish ideas and I tried to convince her to put it back. Boiling an egg is hardly a difficult thing to do and this egg timer just seemed pointless. As usual I was overruled and this device made its way in to our kitchen drawer.
To be fair to it I have used it a few times and it has done the trick but does it really make my life easier? ... not a lot.
It's a fairly basic thing to look at - roughly the same size as an egg that has been sliced in half vertically. This means that it can sink down to the bottom of the pan and won't roll around. It's made of hard plastic and as you can see looks very basic - there is a white writing on a red background giving you options for the type of egg you want: soft, medium or hard. You simply drop the egg timer into boiling water along with your eggs and watch for the darker shading to move up to the egg hardness that you want. It is certainly accurate - I have tried it on soft and hard settings a few times and have been impressed with the results.
Aside from the fact I find it pointless, there are not too many downsides. It can sometimes be difficult to see the readings when the water is boiling but you simply lift the pan off the heat for a couple of seconds to get around that problem. Also, the egg timer gives off quite a strong smell of plastic for the first few times that you use it. After about 5 uses though this is barely noticeable.
Overall this egg timer works well, it's cheap and is easy to use. On the other hand I just don't find it that difficult to keep track of 3 minutes on my watch and for that reason I'm out.
Ok so on the face of it boiling an egg is by no means one of the hardest things in the world. Place your egg (or eggs) into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil for 2 - 3 minutes for soft boiled, 8-10 for hard boiled. Easy - right!
Yet the picture of someone cutting the top off their egg, soldiers at the ready to dip into the gorgeous runny yolk only to be met by disappointment when they find the yolk overcooked and their soldiers un-dunkable is an all too familiar sight.
The problem with boiling eggs is, unlike most things you cook there are no visible signs to tell you it is cooked to perfection. The shell remains the same throughout the cooking process so it is impossible to tell what is going on inside, so with boiled eggs it is all down the timing.
This is where the 'Egg Perfect Egg Timer' comes in. The Egg Perfect Egg Timer is a heat sensitive little plastic device about the same size as an egg, it is oval in shape, has a curved top and flat bottom. The timer is red in colour and is clearly marked (working out to in) with 'soft' medium' and 'hard'.
To use the timer you simply add the timer to a pan along with your eggs, pour on the water and put on hob to boil. The timer is heat sensitive and as the product starts to heat through it begins to change a very dark red colour. This colour change process starts at the outer edge and works its way in. After boiling for around 2 - 3 minutes the dark red area will reach the marker for 'soft'. If you finish cooking at this point you will find you have the perfect soft boiled egg. If you want your egg harder just continue the cooking process, the dark red will then continue to work its way inwards to the 'medium' and eventually the 'hard' markers. Once the cooking process has finished simply remove the timer from pan and allow to cool down naturally. (The packaging advises to cool this way and not to try and cool by immersing in cold water).
This clever little timer is so easy to use and it really does take the guess work out of boiling eggs. When I purchased mine over 6 months ago I did at the back of my mind have niggling doubts, I suspected it was a bit gimmicky and would like so many kitchen gadgets I have bought in the past end up being placed in the back of a drawer never to see light of day again. Not the case, since buying this timer I have used it every time I've boiled eggs and it has worked perfectly every single time.
Although a great little product , it is however not without its faults. The first of which is the smell, the first few times the product is used it gives off a quite strong smell of 'cooked plastic', this smell does lessen significantly with use but does not go away entirely. The other problem I have found is sometimes quite difficult to see the timer whilst the water is boiling, this however is quite easy to get around all you need to do is lift the pan of the hop for a few seconds to let the water surface settle, you can then clearly see the timer.
The price of the 'Egg Perfect Egg Timer' varies greatly, I purchased mine from Lakeland for £5.99. I have since them priced anywhere from £6.50 ( www.heals.co.uk) to £1.00 (Poundland), so it really is worth shopping around for as there is such a big variation in price from retailer to retailer. I must admit although I do seem to have paid somewhat over the odds for mine, it has been well used and I do feel I have had my money's worth. I have found it to be a really clever and useful addition to my kitchen.
Simply sit the timer in the pan with the eggs and it will change colour as the eggs become 'soft', 'medium', or 'hard' boiled. The timer will even adapt to the number of eggs in the pan. Perfectly boiled eggs every time!