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How to poach an egg for blondes

March 1st, 2012 1 Comment

I grew up with a mother who didn’t cook at all so even the most basic methods are intimidating to me.  For example, I didn’t start roasting until 2 years ago and that’s one of the most foolproof techniques you can use in the kitchen!

On my recent vacation, I ordered my eggs poached because I like them that way AND I don’t know how to poach myself.  So I cornered my latest favorite chef, German Mosquera, before my meeting with his GM, to learn just how I could poach my own eggs.

Watch the video of the process.

To do it on your own, you’ll need:

  • A gently simmering pot of 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water, w/ pinch of salt.
  • Eggs cracked in ramekins.
  • An ice bath.
  • Large spoon.

All you have to do is:

  1. Crack the egg into the ramekin.
  2. Lower it into the simmering water.
  3. Cook 2-4 minutes.
  4. Remove from the water to serve or place in the ice bath.

I liked getting the personal instruction because it looks a little funky.  Now I’m excited to make my own!


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  • Joan

    This made me so hungry that I poached eggs for myself for lunch.

    Poaching is really quite easy — once you get the hang of it, there’s nothing to it. I don’t even bother with vinegar anymore.