My new Oster 4716 Egg Cookerarrived this morning just in time for brunch. I hadn't had my coffee yet so my brain was a bit foggy but I was able to follow the simple instructions and get some eggs started in it.
When I was in my early 20s, I learned how to make hard-cooked eggs using Julia Child's method from her book, "The Way To Cook". I strayed from her method once and learned my lesson by biting into a rubbery egg. It's fair to say that I'm very picky about how my eggs turn out. I wanted an egg cooker that would save me money on my propane bill, make an easier job of clean up, and save me time and effort in the kitchen. This little egg cooker had to withstand my scrutiny in order to stay in my kitchen.
First I hard-cooked 8 eggs, which took 15 minutes. Since I had let them age 1 1/2 weeks, they were a cinch to peel. Then I bit into one and was delighted to discover that the yolk was absolutely perfect--still very soft but not runny! The whites were soft, not rubbery!
Next I wanted to try the poaching feature. The egg cooker can poach 4 eggs at a time, but since I was just cooking for myself I only made two. I placed them opposite of each other to facilitate better heat circulation.
The eggs fit just right in the little non-stick cups. I watched them as they poached and it was actually fun to watch them. (I know, I need to get out more!) While they cooked I toasted up some of my honey oatmeal bread that I just baked yesterday. When the eggs were done, I slipped them out of the cups onto the buttered toast.
What I tasted surpassed my expectations. The whites were delicate and since they were cooked without butter I could taste egg, and nothing but egg. Fantastic! The yolks were soft set with just enough liquid to smear around on the toast.
I'm happy to say that the little egg cooker takes up very little space next to my cookbooks. It's definitely going to stay in my kitchen!
Here's a short video of the egg cooker in action.