How to make the perfect poached egg

05/13/2014 3:11 PM

05/13/2014 3:12 PM

Julia Child offered to teach me to poach an egg. And I declined. I had my reasons; I was in labor. But I regret the opportunity missed.

I know how it’s supposed to work: the steaming water, the splash of vinegar, the swirling vortex. Nonetheless, I end up with something that looks like a supernova, surrounded by nebulae. A mess.

I daydream of smoked salmon Benedict smothered in hollandaise and achieve a nightmare of egg strands.

So this year, I decided to try something different: Learn. I opened a big reference book and peered at it anxiously while my teens rolled their eyes. They sighed: Try YouTube.

There I found a new technique, involving a fine mesh strainer. Which worked. The strainer drains off pre-straggle. And it makes egg handling easy.

That’s the thing about motherhood: It’s always an education.

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