“ Brand: Lakeland / Type: Electric egg boiler / Capacity: 7 eggs / Small kitchen appliance type: Electric cooker „
This might seem like a very unnecessary device to some but I find that it is brilliant for busy mornings. The machine allows you to cook up to 7 eggs at a time. You simply prick the end of the eggs, place them in the machine and fill a little cup of water to the desired level and pour in. The level of water is based on the number of eggs and the level of cooking desired (soft, medium or hard). You switch it on and it beeps to indicate when the eggs are ready. Despite the simplicity of boiling an egg on the hob, it is amazing how many times I would forget to set the timer, or take them out in time and ruin them. Now, I put the egg cooker on, carry on getting the children ready for school, and wait for the beep. Perfect eggs every time. Yes, it an unnecessary gadget but it makes life just that little bit easier in the morning!
I really love Lakeland products and am always perusing their catalogue to see what new and interesting things that they have. I bought the egg boiler after seeing it in the catalogue and as usual believing the blurb that makes their products sound like they are the thing that I am missing from my life to make it so much easier. To be fair though the egg boiler is a great product and one that I do use often. The egg boiler costs £11.99 direct from either the Lakeland catalogue or the website and it is difficult to describe how it looks except to say that it is dome shaped and looks very futuristic and incredibly cool looking. It might look very modern and complicated but what it basically boils down to is that it is a machine for cooking boiled eggs in. The egg boiler fits seven eggs (which I thought was a strange number) and all you have to do is place the amount of eggs you require in to the holder and then measure the amount of water that is required depending on how you like your eggs cooked, turn it on and then wait for it to tell you when your eggs are cooked to how you like them. Okay in reality it is so simple to use but it did take me a few goes to get it right. You are required to pierce the eggs with the spike that is included and a couple of times I did make the hole too big and cracked the eggs. I also found out through trial and error that the water marks for the eggs are probably used when the eggs are room temperature so I have figured that when I am boiling an egg from the fridge that I need to fill the level mark (which is for soft, medium and hard) with just a tad more water to get the egg perfect. The egg boiler really does make eggs perfect and I can make soft boiled eggs that have a lovely soft yolk but firm whites as there is nothing I hate more than runny egg whites with my boiled eggs. The whole machine is easy to keep clean and only required a wipe down. Yes you can probably get the same results with a pan of boiling water but with this little contraption makes everything much easier and it takes away the need for me to stand around hovering with a timer trying to make sure that everything is times to perfection. It has a buzzer that tells me when the eggs are ready so I can make sure that I don't overcook them. For the money I think this is a great little machine and it really does take the hassle out of boiling perfectly soft eggs.
My mother-in-law had one of these at her home, and I admired it so much she bought me one. Result! It's a contraption to boil eggs: a funky looking beast, which appeals to my 'shiny thing!' proclivities. It's brushed stainless steel with sturdy black plastic. It takes up about as much room as a kettle on the kitchen sideboard and has a similar length of cable to plug into a socket. It's under a tenner from Lakeland, and I feel it looks more expensive than that. To use, you lift off the shiny dome, to reveal an egg holder capable of taking up to seven eggs, and you simply pour in the required amount of water into the base. There is a small measuring cup provided to work out how much water is needed, using the scale marked on it (amount of eggs and whether hard, medium or soft). You pierce the egg(s) with the spike in the base of the measuring cup, place them in the boiler, close it up and turn it on. When it finishes, it sounds an alarm (which is a bit of an ugly rattly noise, but certainly makes its point), totter over to turn it off, and hey presto, boiled eggs! It produces very good runny yolks but hard whites on its medium setting, perfect for toast soldiers (which is our preferred style of boiled egg, and the one I generally misjudge if doing it in a pan). I can't really see the point in getting this egg boiler if you usually want hard-boiled eggs, but for runny eggs and someone with my timing issues (ie. tendency to wander off and get distracted) it's a great convenience for breakfasts and snacks. It is easy to clean, just a wipe down occasionally (using suitable products for stainless steel) and you're good to go. Tbh, it doesn't get very dirty anyway, unless you forget to pierce an egg! The only thing is you need a safe place to keep the measuring cup, as losing it would probably be disastrous, but it fits happily inside the egg boiler when not in use. If you've limited space in your kitchen, the egg boiler might not be something you really *need* taking up space, but if you've the room and like a gadget, this could be for you!