In this first clip, Chef John shows the basic restaurant technique for poaching eggs. Due to the high-volume of a brunch service, it is almost impossible to poach eggs "to order." They are poached ahead of time and held in cold water until final plating, when they are re-heated in simmering water for a few minutes. This method also works great at home for smaller batches as you'll see. Once you've poached your eggs and have them in cold water you are free to set up the rest of the plate
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