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How to Perfectly Poach an Egg

How to Perfectly Poach an Egg

There’s a reason #putaneggonit has over 38,000 posts on Instagram. It’s because a perfectly poached egg is the perfect topping for just about any meal. Poaching an egg might seem intimidating to some, but it’s an incredibly simple way to add some elegance to your meal. Simply follow these steps and you’ll be on the road to a perfectly poached egg.


The Egg

Farm fresh eggs are the best candidates for poaching. Because of their freshness, their whites haven’t had a chance to age and become more fluid. Fresh egg whites will hold together better when poaching.


The Water

Fill a pot with enough water to come up about 1-2 inches in your pot. You want to bring the water to a gentle simmer, not a full blown boil. The easiest way to achieve this is bring it to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat until you see small bubbles at the surface.


The Helpers

Add a splash of white vinegar and a dash of salt to your water. The vinegar encourages the egg to coagulate (come together) quickly and the salt adds a bit of flavor.


The Swirl

Using a whisk or spoon, stir the water in one direction until you see a tiny water tornado. The eye of the storm is the perfect place to slip your egg in. This will help it all stay together, rather than spreading out. If you’ll be poaching multiple eggs, you can skip the swirl, but make sure all of your eggs have a little elbow room.


The Transfer

Because they’re so fragile, you don’t want to crack your egg directly into the simmering water. Instead, crack your eggs individually into a bowl or ramekin then carefully slip them into the water from there.


The Cook

The cook time depends on your taste, but if you want that ideal firm white with a runy yolk, you’ll want to aim for about 3-4 minutes. If you’re poaching multiple eggs in one pot, you’ll want to add about 30 seconds for each egg.


The Removal

A slotted spoon is the tool for this job. Carefully scoop it out and place a top your dinner


Try it for yourself! Order this week’s Spaghetti Carbonara and top it with your own perfectly poached farm fresh egg.


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