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Add a tablespoon of vinegar

Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water before you put the eggs in -- it helps keep them all together.

Posted by XUP (not verified) on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 08:22
Poaching Eggs

I've heard that if you add a bit of white vinegar to the water, it keeps the whites together, but I've never tried it since I have a couple of poaching cups that makes my eggs look like the ones from McDonald's.

Posted by Tiana (not verified) on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 08:40
Maybe the wrong kind of vinegar?

I used apple cider vinegar, because that's what my brother had on hand, so maybe it wasn't acidic enough to do the trick. But the heat was also definitely too low. Next time I stick to white vinegar and high heat, and I'm going to practice more before I do if for a group of people.

Posted by megan on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 10:09

the 4 rules for poaching eggs (well, according to me anyway)
1. vinegar (you're right about the apple cider vinegar not being acidic enough)
2. salt, at least 1/4 teaspoon in enough water to poach 4 eggs
3. enough water, too little and the eggs stick together
4. the water has to be at a simmer, so a very gentle boil. if it's boiling too much the eggs will disperse and the yolk might break, and you already know what happens when the water isn't boiling enough.
good save with the frying!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 15:26
the egg

I've often flopped with apple cider too. It could be the age of the eggs as well - old eggs will be lazy. eggs straight from the chicken - won't even need the vinegar.

poached eggs are a staple in our family, but grandma always does it best, here is her advice:
A good splash of white vinegar
Rolling boil is a must.
once there, spin the water with a spoon to make a little tornado
pour the eggs into the eye of the storm ( I crack them first in a bowl, or else I get crunchy eggs)
set timer to 4 minutes.
wait for water to return to rolling boil. once it does, turn down just a little bit.

Of course I've followed these instructions, but it's never as good as when she does it.

Posted by beth (not verified) on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 11:32
The small talk thing drives

The small talk thing drives me crazy, too. Luckily I moved the hell away from my hometown, so I don't have to run into people I knew in grade or high school. But I did end up settling in the place I went to university, Kitchener-Waterloo, so I'm constantly running into people I supposedly went to school with but, due to a few decades worth of chemical and alcoholic enthusiasms, I now have no memory of. So I usually just say: "If I met you in university, I was almost certainly either drunk or high, so I unfortunately have no idea who you are." Usually that gets a laugh until I say: "No. Seriously." And eventually they go away.

The other option is to come on crazy-religious, but that's the kind of thing that can backfire big time.

Posted by Sloth (not verified) on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 13:42
It wasn't that bad, as I

It wasn't that bad, as I remember. We still ate, and I think I managed to leave for work before any cleaning happened. So actually, it worked out quite well!

Posted by Dave (not verified) on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 20:22