Poach An Egg

Anyone can have the skills to poach an egg, if you have the patience to do so. Most people know that an egg is poached by placing it in a pot of swirling simmering water. This will have the egg whites of the egg swirl around the yolk while it cooks. Butter or oil does not need to be used and poached eggs are eaten on salads or layered on top of a piece of toast or bread.

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3 Methods to Poach an Egg

Poach Eggs in Plastic Wrap

This may be an unusual method to poaching an egg, but it does work. This method can be used if you need to do a few eggs at one time.

Drape a piece of plastic wrap over a ramekin dish and use oil, butter or cooking spray to grease it so that the egg doesn’t stick. You can also add your favorite herbs or spices at this time. Crack an egg into the plastic and then tie the loose ends of the plastic wrap into a knot. Drop the egg into simmering water and allow it to cook for about five minutes. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out then egg, cut the wrap just below the knot and slide the egg out onto a serving plate. According to Good Housekeeping, Saran and Glad plastic wraps are the safest to use for this method.

Poach Eggs in a Muffin Tin

If you’re not one to want to stand over a pot and watch and egg do its thing, then you can poach eggs by the oven using a muffin tin.

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Pour 1 tablespoon of water into each cup of the muffin tin. Crack an egg into each cup of the tin and place in the over to bake for 8 to 10 minutes. When the eggs are done, use a slotted spoon to easily scoop the eggs out.

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Poach Eggs in a Microwave

If a microwave is your only appliance to cooking a meal for the time being, then it can be used to poach an egg just as well as an oven or stove.

Fill up a 1-cup bowl or mug with 1/2 cup of water. Add a pinch of salt, herbs or whatever you like to the water. Crack an egg into the bowl or mug and make sure the egg is submerged in the water. Cover the top with a small saucer or plate. Microwave the egg for 1 minute on HIGH power. If the egg or yolk needs to be cooked longer, place it back in the microwave and cook it for another 15 seconds on HIGH. Use a spoon or fork to remove the egg.

*Cooking times will vary depending on the type of microwave you use.

Which method do you prefer?

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