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I get through a fair amount of eggs as I tend to use them in a lot of different meals, particularly salads and sandwiches. Also one of my favourite breakfasts is toast soldiers with hard boiled eggs. However I find it really annoying having to wait around for the eggs to cook as, if I walk off and do something else I also over-boil them. So when I discovered this little gadget by Wahl in Tesco for a very reasonable £10 I decided to give it a go.
This electric egg boiler has a stainless steel base which contains a black, non-stick cooking plate inside that has circular spaces to hold up to seven eggs at a time. Above this is a clear, heat-resistant glass lid so you can see what's going on inside. A single red button is located on the front to turn it on or off. The cooker is very small and compact so although it looks a little strange on the kitchen worktop it's easy enough to hide away in a cupboard when not in use. Aside from the egg boiler itself the box also contains a cup for measuring water, an egg piercer, an instruction booklet and a 2 year guarantee in case anything goes wrong.
It is really simple to use. All you have to do is use the measuring cup to pour water into the boiler. The amount you need depends on how soft you want the eggs and the amounts given in the booklet are really accurate. You need to pierce the eggs to stop them cracking, place them in the cooking plate and away you go. I have now perfected the art of pouring in just the right amount and my eggs always come out just how I like them - slightly runny but hard at the edges. The machine doesn't take to long to heat up, normally about 1.5 minutes which is a bonus if you're in a rush in the morning. Once the eggs are ready the cooker gives an audible signal which is loud enough to hear from anywhere in the house so I don't have to stay close by. Also for safety and peace of mind there is safety cut-out in case the cooker overheats or is knocked over.
It is also relatively straightforward to keep clean as most of the parts can be out in the dishwasher including the lid. I've never had any problems with this cooker and it has been enormously useful, allowing me to go off and do other things while the eggs cook. I would recommend this unique little gadget for anyone who regularly eats eggs.
Having a total of 4 of us in the house I find that we consume a rather large quantity of eggs within a week. The kids love to eat them for breakfast, but I always find it a little tedious trying to cook them prior to going to school as we're always in a bit of a rush. My friend recommended this egg boiler to me, say that you can just pop the eggs in and walk off and leave them whilst the machine does the rest. I'm very glad to report that she was spot on.
We all like our eggs pretty much cooked in the same way so this makes life a lot easier. With this egg boiler comes a fab little measuring cup and the instructions tell you exactly how much water to put in depending on how you like your egg to be cooked i.e. 4 eggs equally soft.. It's practically idiot proof.
It's built quite well and will probably last you a good few years if you maintain it well. Cleaning it is pretty straight forward and any cooked egg that's retained on the non-stick plates can be cleaned up very easily once the product has cooled down.
IMPORTANT: Your eggs will need piercing prior to inserting them in the boiler. There was a small gadget that cam with the boiler, but I appear to have lost it, so we just use a sharp pin.
Don't store your eggs in the fridge. The do tend to cook better when they are at room temperature; I've learnt this by experience over the years. Once you've poured in the required amount of water the red indicator light on the front will let you know when it's reached its cooking temperature- usually in about 2 minutes. You then simply lift the transparent oval lid and gently insert your eggs into each egg holder. You can cook a massive 7 eggs all at once. When the eggs are cooked you'll soon know about it as the boiler lets off quite a loud tone.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to cook a perfect egg without too much hassle - it's also a very healthy way of cooking them and an added bonus is that it's guaranteed for two years.
Purchased from Amazon for £9.95 including delivery.
I love eggs in all shapes and form. I used to cook my eggs sunny side up but for about four months now, I've been eating boiled eggs more and more. I've been making a lot more noodle soups, perfectly boiled eggs are so complementary to noodle soups of all variety. However, sometimes I forgot to time when boiling the eggs, and more often than not, they went pass the hard-boiled point to being 'too firm'. Therefore, when I saw this egg boiler on amazon for £11.99, I thought it'd be a good investment.
This Wahl ZX642 egg boiler is a non-stick boiling platform with a transparent lid as shown in the picture. It has a capacity for seven eggs, however I usually boil two eggs at a time. The most I've boiled was five eggs when I debuted as a family chef when my mum was on a trip. The product comes with measuring cup and an egg piercer. It's user-friendly and the instructions are very clear; I found it easy to use this for the first time.
As for how to boil an egg to my liking, I like mine soft-boiled most of the time but I like a hard-boiled egg to go with salads. What makes it easy to choose is that the measuring cup that comes with the boiler tells you exactly how much water to put in to get the egg to my liking. I followed the gauge on the measuring cup and I found that the water levels indicated are a lot higher than it should be. Therefore, from my experience, to get two perfectly soft-boiled eggs, I measured the water to just a little bit below the 'two eggs' mark. Also, the eggs should be pierced for a tiny hole with a piercer that comes with the product
Also, speaking from my experience, if you refrigerate your eggs like me, try and warm them up under hot tap water before putting them in the boiler. Otherwise they'll crack, it happened to me a few times I forgot to warm them up when I was boiling them in the morning. I'm not a morning person and my limbs don't tend to listen to my brain and just plonk the eggs in the boiler without warming them up.
As for cleaning the egg boiler, it's not that easy but it's not that much of a hassle either. Just wait for it to cool down properly and then it can easily be sponged off. One problem I have is that the egg holder platform isn't 100% non-stick, even though it's supposed to be. So, it is a bit difficult to get the eggs out, considering they're quite hot when they're ready.
Overall, it is quite a decent egg boiler at a reasonable and affordable price. It's been working fine for three months since I've bought it. If you like your eggs but have trouble boiling them to perfection, this could be the product for you.
Thank you for reading. :) x
Short name: Wahl ZX642