Toolbox Tuesday: Egg Poaching Pan

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By Claire Mothershead, Appliance Specialist, Mom and Eggs Benedict Enthusiast

Induction. People think it’s a new thing but it’s not. I grew up with an induction cooktop in my childhood home. The cooktop is over 30 years old now and 6 years ago when I built my own house I was sure to include an induction cooktop as well. Induction is a way of heating your pan. It has a generator that excites the molecules in your pan which causes heat and allows you to have greater control over your heat vs. a standard electric cooking surface (one with coils or a glass and coil top) yet has the control of a gas cooktop but allows for safer cooking. For example, I don’t have to worry about accidentally turning on my cooktop because it will not turn on unless a pan made with ferrous material is making contact with it.

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I’m not writing about induction though. I want to tell you about a new pan I found that works on my cooktop! I always get exited when I can find a new ‘gimmicky’ pan that works with my cooktop. With induction, I have to carry a magnet with me to make sure pans will work on my cooking surface. That’s the key with induction, it must be magnetic on the bottom. As a result, there are some pans we sell that I can’t purchase; the egg waffle pan, the Abelskiver pan, the classic Whirly Pop, all the fun pans! One can imagine my excitement when I came across the egg poacher pan made by Norpro.

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My co-workers can attest the excitement I had when I made this discovery. I quickly purchased one and made Eggs Benedict that same night.

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My kids LOVE Eggs Benedict. I am not a fan of making them because I can never get the poached egg right. My eggs are too runny, too well done, fall apart, and most certainly never picture perfect. I tried all the tricks I could find on Google and watched several YouTube videos professing the ‘perfect poached egg’ or ‘easy poached egg’. No amount of swirling water, vinegar or ‘cracking an egg into a smaller bowl first’ could help me with my demise. I gave up. In my frustration I resorted to making fried eggs and covering them up with lots of Hollandaise sauce.

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Just this morning I made Eggs Benedict for my kids before sending them off to school. In less than twenty minutes I had 4 beautiful, picture worthy Eggs Benedict ready to be gobbled up with the help of my new pan.

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The Norpro egg poacher is incredibly easy to use. I added some water to the pan and got to a boil. While the water was heating up my kids sprayed the non-stick inserts with a little cooking spray and put them into the pan. They then each cracked an egg into their insert and we covered it with the glass lid and watched magic happen.

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After a few minutes we lifted the lid and shook the pan. We decided that the ‘jiggle’ was just right and the eggs were done.

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We placed them on our English muffin topped with Canadian bacon and smothered them in Hollandaise sauce. The result, the perfect poached egg!

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I love my new ‘gimmicky’ pan because it is induction friendly for my cooktop and can also double as a saucepan. My kids love it too!

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