Egg Cooker: Cuisinart Egg Central
No one needs an egg cooker. I know this, so I am not sure why I felt the need to buy one at Bed Bath Bring It Back (BBB) yesterday. I’m not even sure why I set foot in that store. It’s always a mistake.
Egg Central (the egg cooker) was a challenge to set up. It required two trips to BBB (doesn’t everything?) because the pin on the bottom of my beaker (that you use to add water to the cooker) would not pierce through my eggs. The instructions tell you to pierce the eggs before adding them to the cooker. I assume this is to keep them from exploding. When I arrived back at BBB Bob looked at the Egg Central and determined that a small protective piece of plastic was keeping the beaker pin from piercing the eggs and pulled it off with a pair of tweezers. My plan was to return the Egg Central, but Bob was very helpful and nice and I had left the receipt at home (I did not want a store credit). He also said he would inform his employees to tell customers who purchase the Egg Central, in the future, how to remove the plastic tab from the beaker pin. He won’t, and they won’t, but it was an attempt at a well-intended meaningless gesture.
Before I headed back home I needed to stop and buy more eggs since I broken three eggs during the first egg piercing process. Home again, I once again set up the Egg Central, added the water, pieced the eggs, placed the eggs on the cooking rack, plugged the appliance in, and waited. Soon it started to bubble madly, bounce on my counter – threatening to throw itself on the floor, leaving boiling water in its wake. While grabbing a towel to hold it down, I knocked a glass pie plate off the counter onto my tile floor. A piece of the glass jumped up and stabbed my foot, causing a minor wound to gush blood onto the floor. As soon as the Egg Central beeped and I could let go of it and turn it off, I put a bandage on my foot and cleaned up the glass, blood, and spilled water while the eggs cooled. Carefully lifting the lid of the Egg Central, I found my eggs covered in some sort of spun egg thread and cracked, and the inside of the appliance had egg bits all over it. The hard boiled eggs tasted okay but were a little over cooked.
As I cleaned the egg off the cooker, I was left to ponder what went wrong (besides the obvious—buying the product in the first place!). Did I put too much water in the bottom of the unit? Or was it because I dismissed the idea of using the suggested distilled water and used ordinary tap water? I found and watched a You-Tube video hoping to be enlightened, but clearly this lady and I were not having the same experience.
I can’t wait to see what happens when Cole poaches an egg this morno. I’ll video tape it. I could not video tape my efforts—you understand why, right?
I bet most of you would walk right by the egg cookers at BBB without a second thought, or if you have a second thought, it would be something like, “Who on earth would buy one of those?” or “All that would do is take up counter space.” Or if you were interested, you would think, “That looks handy, but I don’t need one more gadget.” Not me. I’m a go getter. I looked at that egg cooker and thought, “WOW! I’ve wanted one of those my entire life, and it is on sale, and I have a coupon!” Cha ching! However, I have no interest in the Frothy as-seen-on-TV water carbonator. I think that’s growth on my part, don’t you?
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