Eggies™ to the Rescue?

EggiesDo you burn your fingers trying to open the top of a soft-boiled egg?  Do pieces of eggshell drop into your gooey egg and need to be fished out?  Do you sometimes battle with hard-boiled eggs that just refuse to shed their shells (even after being soaked in cold water)?  Have you assumed that getting eggs in condition to eat would be a lifelong challenge, like getting your children to take your advice? Read on. Help may be on the way.


Someone with an ingenious idea has come up with a solution to the traditional egg problems described above. (Sorry, not to the child-rearing problems.)  It’s a product called Eggies, which, believe it or not, enables you to cook soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs AFTER you’ve cracked them.  What follows is the story of my husband’s (and my) “eggventure” with this product.


One rainy day, my husband, who can never resist a new gadget, purchased Eggies at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for just $10.The outdoors wasn’t inviting, so we decided to stay home and play with our new kitchen toy. One kit includes detailed “how-to” instructions and enough plastic pieces to cook 6 eggs. Cooking each egg requires 4 plastic pieces—bottom, top, collar and lid. The Eggies website says, “The nonstick interior means Eggies slide right out when they’re done.” Nevertheless, the instructions say that the first step is  to coat the bottom and top pieces with oil (I presume to avoid sticking). We did that, but guess what—some of the white still stuck to the holder. Maybe it needed more oil than we used?


The second step involves getting the egg into the bottom piece without intermingling yolk and white.  My spouse was able to do this successfully, which I considered a great accomplishment for a man.   However, even though he was using large eggs (not extra-large or jumbo), there wasn’t room for all of the clear liquid that becomes the egg white.  He filled the bottom piece to the brim.  At this point, we could have (but didn’t) season the eggs.  The Eggies website considers it an advantage to be able to season eggs before cooking; maybe it is, but we don’t know why.


Next, the top, collar, and lid were properly attached by my talented husband, and two Eggies were inserted in boiling water deep enough for them to float. (They looked very cute floating and bobbing amid the water bubbles.)  However, to our great disappointment but not extreme surprise, some of the egg white came dripping out into the hot water. 


We cooked one egg the recommended time for soft-boiled (4 minutes) and took it out.  Some of the egg white wasn’t white; it was still clear. Fearing salmonella, we discarded it.  The other egg we cooked longer than the recommended time for hard-boiled, and we did get a hard-boiled egg.  We cut it in half, ate it, and agreed that it tasted fine—just like any other hard-boiled egg..  However, it was not a thing of beauty since some of the white had stuck to the plastic pieces. 


Now for the clean-up:  the plastic pieces are dishwasher safe, but, at least in my dishwasher, they didn’t come out dishwasher clean.  I had to scrape off the remaining egg white from the crevices with a toothpick.  Another benefit of this product, says the website, is that it’s a timesaver. I’m not convinced of that. But I’m an unusually gifted peeler of hard-boiled eggs.


We must send kudos to the inventor and acknowledge that this is a clever device. However, sometimes a solution to a problem is more trouble than the problem. Eggies may be one of these cases.   Are we gesturing thumbs down on this product?  Not at all. We hope you’ll try it, and let us know if you get better results.  Shelf Life Advice staffers are always eager to live and learn. 


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Source(s): “Eggies™ System”

I wish I had known about this site and read your review before I spent my money on Eggies.  I tried two of them for the first time yesterday and immediately cleaned them and put back in the box for Goodwill!! They were cute while floating but that is about it.  The recommended 3 minutes for soft boiled quickly became 10 minutes because the upper portion of the egg would not get done.  I finally took the eggs out and put them in the microwave to finish (where they became hard boiled but I could at least eat them).  It is clever that you can unwscrew the very top tip of the Eggie to check if the egg is fully cooked but the feature does not redeem them.  Then, as you mentioned, it is very difficult to clean the egg from the grooves of the Eggie which requires a toothpick.  Also, If you want deviled eggs, the white of the egg did not fully encase the yoke so that you could cut it down the middle and have 2 sides to fill with deviled egg mixture for a beautiful presentation.  You really only get 1/2 of a deviled egg since the egg liquid only fills 1/2 of the Eggie.  I will take them to Goodwill tomorrow because maybe someone will find a better use for them besides being cute.


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