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I absolutely love poached eggs on toast for breakfast, however cooking the poached eggs is always a hit or miss experience for me. More often than not a miss I have to admit. I can never get them exactly right - cooked enough, but with a runny yolk, and definately not a solid yolk. I usually end up with them either undercooked - bits of uncooked white, bleugh! or cooked too much and a solid yolk, ok at least we can eat these but it isn't my poached egg of choice.
I spotted these poachets in Lakeland and decided to give them a try. They do work out quite expensive if you eat poached eggs quite often, they are £2.99 for 20, so that is 15 pence each. They are not reusable, they are a single time only use so that is something to bear in mind - the cost.
These are so easy to use. You just place the tea bag like paper pouch open over a small cup or a small glass and then crack in an egg, they hold all sizes of eggs even extra large. You then lift out the pouch pulling the top together, you hold the pouch for a second in a pan of water that is at a rolling boil, and then place it in, the pouch will then magically close. After 6 minutes, your poached egg is cooked to perfection, a perfectly cooked white and a soft runny yolk, you could leave the egg in the pan for longer if you wanted a solid yolk. You will then need to use a pair of tongs to remove the pouch from the pan. The poached egg will then simply just slide out of the pouch on to your toast.
No fuss, no mess, just perfectly poached eggs every single time. I've bought these a couple of times now, and I will continue to do so. I think that the fact that they create perfect poached eggs every single time is actually worth the 15 pence per pouch. It's certainly cheaper than throwing undercooked poached eggs away anyway, which I have done many times in the past.
I love my comfort for food, I love food in general, unless it is tinned carrots which I hate with a passion because they are so slimy and remind me of... no I won't write it here because I want you to read on, but needless to say I will eat almost anything but tinned carrots.
My favourite comfort food is poached eggs on toast, something my Nanna used to make for me when I was a child and up until she died a few months ago, used to have it as her favourite meal in the Residential Care Home she was in.
Now making poached eggs is a bit hit and miss, if you like the egg to be runny, which most people including myself do, or you like the yolk to be almost hard boiled, just like my Dad. So you have got to get your timings absolutely right. I used to do this with a very old fashioned egg timer that belonged to my late Nan and a few months ago it died a sad death, falling off the side and smashing into pieces which therefore rendered it useless. My dilemma then became about how long I cooked the eggs for to make them perfect because I never used to use a clock, I used this timer and it wasn't anything I really put a lot of effort into because this timer told me when they would be ready to my perfection. So I decided I would look up online to see how long professionals such as Delia and Jamie say you should cook your egg for, but I failed to get the yolk perfect and was becoming increasingly annoyed.
So finding myself in Lakeland because I needed to pick up some potato sacks for the crops I was about to pick from my allotment, I came across Poachets which are sold at £2.99 for a box of 20 and Lakeland market by saying "If you like your eggs poached in water but find your efforts are unpredictable, then give Poachets a go!" and sounding perfect for my situation I didn't hesitate in purchasing them.
So what are Poachets? When I took them out of the packaging my first reaction was that it is an over-sized tea bag and the material is similar to that of a tea bag and they are recyclable too. The Poachets are a circular disc size, again similarly to a tea bag but more the size of a saucer and there is a slit in the top of them that you can put your hand in so you can see how durable they really are.
Now they look simple but are they simple to use? Thankfully there is an explanation on how to use them in store, on the box and online for anyone who isn't sure and to be honest it could not be any simpler. Once you have got your pan of water on the stove, you need to remove the Poachet from the bag and open it up over a small cup or glass so that you create a pocket, this allows you to crack an egg directly into the Poachet without making a mess, losing any of the egg and keep it all in one place. Once you have done that and you have a pan of water on the stove almost at boiling point, you hold your Poachet in the water for just about a minute and you'll see that the opening seals itself together to prevent any of the egg escaping and then you leave it in the boiling water for 6 minutes, as directed by the guide, and then you have your perfect egg. Once the allotted time of 6 minutes is up (you can of course change the alloted time suggestion to get the egg how you want it), you need to remember to be careful that the water is obviously going to be boiling hot, so to remove the Poachet from the water you will need some tongs of sort and then the slit of the Poachet should easily open and then you can slide the egg out of the Poachet onto your toast. Yes it is that simple, I have to say that when I used them the first time I thought I was missing something because it was so straight forward, but I wasn't and that can only be a good thing.
I have been using these Poachets for a good few weeks now and I have to say I love them. They are one of those quirky products that you can't help but like; it looks a bit naff, but at the end of the day it does work and it works really well. It is easy to use, you don't have to faff about putting vinegar in your pan of boiling water, swirling it around with one hand with your cracked egg in a cup in the other hand, timing to perfect when to chuck it into the pan. I also find it less messy using the Poachets because your pan of water doesn't boil over, no egg escapes and it's as simple as that.
So, whilst I miss my Nanna greatly and her way of cooking her poached eggs, for me this is the only solution I have found that comes anywhere near as creating a poached egg as good as hers were and I'll definitely be sticking to using these because I think they are brilliant value for money and when I am finished with them I can put them in my composter and recycle them with the rest of my household waste that can be recycled, broken down and composted.
Now as these are made by Lakeland then obviously you can buy them within any of their stores or online and whilst £2.99 for 20 isn't too expensive, I have seen them on offer for £2 only recently when I grabbed myself a few extra boxes.
After searching for that elusive product that gives me a perfect poached egg, with none of the mess, I think I have finally found what I have been hunting for. Hurray!
Firstly, let me tell you not why these are good, but why other items are rubbish. The easiest way to make poached egg is the traditional way in a pan of boiling water, with a little vinegar added. This may be fine, but you have to swirl the water to create a whirlpool and then add the egg. If the water is swirling too slowly, the egg white leaves a 'trail' behind it which becomes all stringy and rubbery to eat. This is not nice at all, so I searched for another way to cook them.
A traditional egg poaching pan, is expensive, and too much hassle just for one portion, so I gave up with this, and tried an alternative way to poach an egg - with a silicone poacher. This silicone cup sits in the water, and poaches the egg gently, so gently in fact, due to the silicone's heat resistant properties; it took me an hour to poach one egg - That item went in the bin for with.
As Lakeland has just brought out its Spring/Summer catalogue, I decided to browse and see what's new. I love anything that's helpful in the kitchen and that's when I stumbled across these poachets.
What you receive is a packet of poachets. These can only be described as a teabag style pouch. The egg is placed the water (allowing for poaching) but as it is held within the poachet, it remains contained, so none of the stringiness, and none of the hassle.
To use, you simply place a poachet in a cup, and crack an egg into the opening. I always use extra large eggs and the size of the poachet it ample. You may even be able to put two small eggs in them, but I haven't tried that as yet. As you lift the pouch out of the cup, the edges self seal and surround the egg. Now you place the whole thing in a pan of boiling water, for however long you need, depending on how runny you like your yolk to be.
The bags are similar to greaseproof paper, and you get twenty in a packet. Now you might think the price is expensive for what they are, as they are single use, but if you are only doing one or two portions, every now and again, I think the price is not too bad. I would never pay this kind of price for use by a family though, but as I'm the only one who likes poached eggs in our household, it's fine.
When you egg has finished cooking, simply tear the paper and the egg just slides out every single time. No greasing or anything required.
These are only available in the UK through Lakeland at the moment, I suppose copies; by other brands will be available soon. At the moment, I'll stick with these though, they do the job fantastically, with ease, and I love them.
4 Dooyoo Stars from me. :)