The best part about having your own flock of backyard chickens is, of course, the supply of fresh eggs. While we got off to a slow start, most likely due to arctic-like cold and a little bit of chicken disorientation after their unexpected relocation, we are now gathering about 3 eggs a day. Just about enough to satisfy our eating and baking needs.
We’ve discovered that there is nothing more satisfying than fresh eggs…and we’ll eat them just about any old way, but one of my favorites is poached. The only problem I have with poached eggs is that our old fancy pants Williams & Sonoma egg poacher had seen better days: the non-stick sticks (a lot) and was a pain in the arse to clean – the pan, cups, cup frame, lid. Sheesh!
Enter Gadget Girls’ November find – the Silicone Egg Poachers . A little bit of butter smeared on the inside (silicone is NOT completely non-stick), a pot of boiling water, and 6 minutes (at altitude) will get you perfectly poached eggs. The cups are deep enough that the eggs don’t splash into the boiling water, which means that the cups are the ONLY things that need washing.
So, by all means, get yourself some chickens. And if that’s too large a commitment, then at least get yourselves some of these handy poachers. Hmmmmmm…….eggs!