This little electric egg cooker was given to me by my Texas sister-in-law. This one is called an EggGenie™. It is very handy and since it uses a minimal amount of water for cooking boiled eggs (really steamed), it also does not waste water – something we think about quite a bit in Texas these days (and should think of more).
Although I’m not exactly thrilled to cook my eggs in a plastic cooker, this is still one of my favorite kitchen appliances. The electric egg cookers my mom had when I was growing up all involved aluminum in their construction – something I want to avoid. This one is plastic and stainless steel. I don’t make boiled eggs terribly often, so it isn’t like I use it all the time.
It can cook up to 7 eggs at once. The measuring cup that came with it gives exact amounts of water for the level of doneness for various numbers of eggs. It’s pretty accurate if you don’t leave the eggs sitting in the cooker too long after turning it off. Ahem! :-)
Also, before cooking the eggs, you have to poke a little hole in the large end of each egg. There is a sharp pin inside the cooker for this purpose. It usually works fine, but occasionally there is that weak shelled egg or something goes wrong and then there’s an clean up job to deal with. :-/ The purpose in the hole is to allow the air to escape from the little sealed chamber at the large end of the egg. If you don’t do this the egg can crack and even leak during cooking. Apparently this is more of a problem when steaming eggs.
One complaint with this model is that it doesn’t have an on/off switch. When you plug it in, it’s on. So, I have to remember not to plug it in before it’s ready to go – something I forget regularly. It also doesn’t have a very loud buzzer to let you know when it’s done, and it does not go off till you come and unplug it – really Not Good!
Nevertheless, I’ve used it and found it very handy since I can get the eggs cooking and then tend to other things without giving them much more thought – except to turn them off and rather promptly remove them. :-)