I love gadgets. I especially love kitchen gadgets. I saw this egg timer on the Lee Valley Tools website, which has the most wonderful things btw, and knew I had to have one.

But Ann, why can’t you boil an egg?

eggs have become a thing with me. I have been in search of the perfect cooking method for eggs – specifically hard boiled eggs. Once I learned that the grayish ring was a no-no I had to banish it forever. There must be no grayish ring!

Making myself a bit crazy(ier) over this and perpetually consulting cookbooks and websites, I would find the perfect combination of eggs in before or after the boil and time, I would forget what they hell I did the next time I wanted to make eggs. what’s the matter with me??

sadly, these are the issues that grip my days.

I am happy to say that I have freed up loads of time with this little gizmo. You simply put it in the pot along with the eggs, fill with water, bring to a boil and simmer until it says it’s had enough. Life is so much simpler now.

now what should I obsess about?

13 thoughts on “gadgets

  1. Ann, I totally love this thing – we’ve had it for several years now and it frees me up from always being the one to cook the eggs – now my teenaged son can make his own! It’s those little things in life that are worth the most, right? Have a wonderful holiday, Patrice

  2. Ever since Julia Child told me that the green/gray ring was a faux pas I too have agonized over the ulitimate cooking method. Julia’s cold water start method works well-most of the time but I’ve been waiting for someone else to test drive that gadget. Maybe I’ll get one in my stocking…..

  3. I so want one of those. My kids eat “soft” boiled egss for breakfast, and they have to be just right so they can dip their toast in them. This would help me, I’m going to get one.

  4. I was just consulting my Joy of Cooking book the other day for the timing of a hard-boiled egg. After all these years (I’ve been on this planet, cooking and eating eggs for how long?), I still have to consult the book.

  5. Brilliant! I must have one. I’ve always wanted to have a soft boiled egg, but mt timing is never, ever right.

    No grayish ring though! Except that one time when I boiled an egg so long all of the water evaporated. Especially funny this happened because my usual MO is to bring the water to a boil with the egg, and then let the egg just sit in the hot water for ten minutes or so.

  6. I recently discovered that gadget as well–but, my husband trumped me. He started steaming the “hard boiled” eggs a la Alton Brown. The best eggs ever–so I’m off the hook!

  7. Eggs, schmeggs. I had to come over and tell you that I love the photo of you on Kay’s blog when y’all were whipping together those squares. You are the very embodiment of relaxed in that photo. Love it!

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