Feb 152013
 

Perfect Poached Eggs

Have you ever tried to make poached eggs? And if you have, have they come out a gooey, vinegar tasting mess? That’s the problem I’ve always had – just couldn’t seem to get that perfectly held-together shape and texture. Until I was browsing through The 4-Hour Chef and came across these wonderful tips to perfectly poach eggs.

I was skeptical at first, but Tim Ferriss is THE MAN so I figured I’d give it a shot. Guess what? Success on the first attempt. Follow each step below to duplicate and enjoy perfectly poached eggs!

1. Bring eggs to room temperature in a bowl of hot tap water. Let them stand for 5-10 minutes.

1. Bring eggs to room temperature in a bowl of hot tap water. Let them stand for 5-10 minutes.

2. Add 1 T vinegar and 1 T salt to a pot of water. Bring it to 200 degrees F and turn off the heat.

2. Add 1 T vinegar and 1 T salt to a pot of water. Bring it to 200 degrees F and turn off the heat.

3. Crack one egg into a small bowl and tranfer it to the hot water bath. Don't stir it. Repeat with the other egg.

3. Crack one egg into a small bowl and tranfer it to the hot water bath. Don’t stir it. Repeat with the other egg.

4. The egg on the left has just gone in. The egg on the right has started cooking and is beginning to hold together.

4. The egg on the left has just gone in. The egg on the right has started cooking and is beginning to hold together.

5. A little further along. You'll let them cook for 4-5 minutes total.

5. A little further along. You’ll let them cook for 4-5 minutes total.

6. Using a slotted spoon or spatula, gently lift the eggs from the water bath, one at a time.

6. Using a slotted spoon or spatula, gently lift the eggs from the water bath, one at a time.

7. Your eggs should be perfectly poached and there will be very little egg white left in the water.

7. Your eggs should be perfectly poached and there will be very little egg white left in the water.

Egg Collage

#NerdAlert
Why are eggs such an important food to eat? Because the protein and healthy fat combine in a powerful way to help support muscle growth AND burn body fat. Studies that compared breakfast eaters of eggs vs. bagels found that egg eaters lost almost twice as much weight as the bagel eaters, had an 83% decrease in waist circumference, and reported greater improvement in energy.
I always eat my yolks. They are full of nutrients like choline (lowers inflammation, helps convert homocysteine – a molecule that can damage blood vessels), vitamin B12, lutein (an important carotenoid that may prevent age-related macular degeneration).

  • http://cravingfitness.org Tammy Fuller

    This looks delish and sounds easy. I must try it!

  • Cheryl

    Gorgeous pictures! Yummmmmm

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Thank you!

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  • catalina

    What did you use as the bed .. is it kale? did you use any dressing.. I am sorry i am a nerd i need step by step for everything.

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Oh haha it’s just a mixed greens salad I made. I used baby greens, shredded carrots and cut up cherry tomatoes and some avocado. I let the runny egg be my dressing :)