I've mastered soft boiled eggs! (Ok, I cheated, but still! )

Boiled eggs, the central figure in most diet plans. Simple and yummy, but yet challenging to make. You would think cooking a damn egg in a boiling pot of water would be simple. Well it is, if you want to same hard boiled egg, with a fully cooked center, every time.  If you are like me and want a soft or medium boil, it's a bit of a guessing game. 
 
 
I'm a huge fan of soft boiled eggs. The running yoke gives a bit of a different flavor than the basic hardboiled egg.   Mixing it

soft boiled egg in salad

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up between hard, medium and soft boil provides a nice variation and keeps this basic option interesting.   The medium or soft boiled eggs also give life to most dishes by adding a layer of yellow flowing warm yoke as you bite or cut into the meal.   

 
I've tried all the little gadgets, the thermometers, the egg shaped timer you drop in the pan. I've tried baking them. I've tried cooking to a boil, shutting off the water, putting the egg in the pan, leaving for 5 minutes. Then cracking open to - a hard boiled egg. I had found no reliable option for a medium or soft boil egg. Until I stumbled upon, this silly little gadget called the Go Rapid Egg Cooker. 
 

It arrives

When it arrived, my first thought was, "I can't believe I bought this silly little gadget. Just what I need another gimmicky kitchen tool I never use."  This is of course, before I even tested it out. I put off using it for a few days out of shear pessimism that it would be another failed attempt to provide actual egg cooking variations
 
It comes with a little measuring cup, a lid and a plug in base. Very simple looking, and is available in multiple colors, which is nice and allows it to blend in to my army of other gadgets. It can cook 6 eggs at a time. On my first try I only made two,

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again I was pretty skeptical. I filled the little measuring cup up to the "soft boil" line. Dumped the water on the base, put the lid on and plugged in the gadget. Having no idea what would happen next,  I the went about my business as usual. (Which is normally when I forget about my egg and it over cooks). 

 
A little hole in the lid allows steam to blow out the top like a little kettle as the machine. The tiny amount of water I added disappears via the steam hole. And then out of nowhere a rather unpleasant beeping occurs, you cannot miss it. My first reaction was "what the hell is that" as I began a frantic search of my apartment for this odd alarm. I immediately notice the little egg machines light blinking red, and pull the plug from the wall. The alarm stops and I'm left with my two little eggs. 
 
I put them in some ice water, peel them and sure enough! The perfect soft boiled egg. I'm so amazed I try again over then next few mornings. I try medium boil, I try soft boiled another three times. And every time the result was exactly as planned. 
 

Recommendation

 
This is hands down the best gimmicky little machine if you love boiled eggs. It's cost effective at between $15 to $19. It doesn't take up much space. And if you are like me and eat boiled eggs regularly you are going to fall in love with this little thing. (Not to mention the other little bonus, is no dirty pan to clean every time I want a boiled egg for breakfast.) This is now hands down, them most used gadget in my kitchen (besides the coffeemaker).   I cannot imagine life without it, I absolutely love it!   There are a few different versions, with Cuisinart providing one on the more spendy side, at $60.  I see no need for that.  My little machine  $15 is perfect.  I highly recommend this little guy, enjoy!!! 

Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker

  • Make 6 hard, medium, and soft boiled eggs, individual omelettes, 2 poached eggs and scrambled eggs
  • Includes poaching tray, measuring cup, omelette tray, and 6 egg holding tray
  • Simply fill the measuring up to the line of desired consistency, and push the on/off button to start and it will automatically shut off when eggs are done
  • All non electric parts are dishwasher safe
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty, recipe book and access to our growing database of recipes included
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