HowTo: Poach an Egg Perfectly
Since we've already mastered the fried egg, it's time to move on to a slightly more ambitious task. Apartment Therapy brings us another step-by-step on the art of the egg. This time around, HowTo: poach an egg perfectly.
- 1 or more eggs
- White vinegar
- Small saucepan
- Measuring cup with a handle, or a teacup
- Slotted spoon
- Plate lined with a paper towel or clean rag
Step 1 Boil your water.
"Bring a small saucepan 3/4-full of water to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to low and bring the water back down to a low simmer. There should just be a few bubbles hitting the surface."
Step 2 Add your white vinegar.
"Add about a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water."
Step 3 Crack the egg!
"Crack the egg into a measuring cup or a small teacup."
Step 4 Simmer.
"Slowly lower the cup into the barely simmering water, and tip the egg out into the water."
Step 5 Set your timer.
"Set the timer for 4 minutes. The egg white should be immediately coagulating in the water."
Step 6 Control the shape.
"Use the slotted spoon to carefully arrange the egg white into a more compact shape, if you desire."
Step 7 Watch your water.
"Keep an eye on the water's heat; make sure it doesn't come back up to a rolling boil."
Step 8 Done!
"After 4 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the egg with the slotted spoon. Place it on the plate lined with a paper towel and gently blot it dry."
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