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Fusion Brands Poachpod Egg Poacher
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
Fusion Brands Poachpod Egg Poacher
Advantages: Beautifully poached eggs, easy to use and clean
I had seen these Poachpods in Lakeland catalogues numerous times, but was always put off buying them by my mum - she insisted that poaching eggs was easy, and that I didn't need one. Despite her many attempts to teach me though, I could never manage to get it right. My poached eggs always separated badly in the pan, and about half the white separated in thin strands. So eventually I gave up and bought myself a pack of two Poachpods, for around £5.
The Poachpods are flexible silicone moulds into which you crack your raw egg, and then float in a pan of boiling water. Mine are yellow rather than the green here. You get a small instruction leaflet with the pods, which advises you to lightly oil the inside before putting your egg in.
Using the Poachpods is very easy. I dab a small amount of oil around the inside, pour in the raw egg, and then gently place it into the pan and turn the heat down to simmering - it's a good idea to use a spoon to lower the pod into the water so you don't get splashed and so it doesn't bob around worryingly looking like it might capsize. Once the eggs are done you can lift the pods out of the pan (again with a spoon), run the spoon around the edge of the egg to loosen it from the pod, and then gently pop the egg out by turning the pod upside down.
These Poachpods have revolutionalised my egg-eating. No longer do I have a fried egg roll for breakfast at weekends because poaching it is too much hassle - now I can poach eggs perfectly with ease. I find the the Poachpods really easy and strees free to use, and it is easy to get your eggs cooked just as you like them.
One very important point is to use a lid on the pan. I ignored this part of the instruction the first time I used the pods, and the top of the egg just was not cooking. I have glass lids on my pans which means I can watch the egg through the lid, and I can see when all the white is properly cooked but the yolk is still runny - my idea of eggy perfection.
Another point to note is that the eggs come out more compact that they might if you were simply poaching them in water - they are very neat round eggs, and so if you're having poached egg on toast, you might find you want two to fill your slice of toast rather than one.
The Poachpods are also very easy to wash. I find that there is very little egg residue left on them, so they don't need lots of hard scrubbing. They are dishwasher safe, and I usually put them in the dishwasher to clean them - the pods have handy little holes on the top edge which are designed to hook onto the dishwasher plate racks so they don't float around when the dishwasher is on.
I'm delighted with my Poachpods, and would recommend them to anyone who, like me, has had problems poaching eggs. I only wish I'd bought them when I first saw them and not let me mum tell me I didn't need them - clearly, mothers don't always know best!
Summary: Finally I can have poached eggs!
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