For perfect poached eggs, the most important step is to use fresh eggs. There are many tricks, gadgets and assorted cheats that people use when poaching eggs, like:
· Putting them into plastic wrap before placing them into the water, so they retain their shape.
· Using a poaching pan (which is really more like a double boiler)
· Nuking them in a water bath in the microwave
· Straining the raw egg first before putting them into the water
Wonder How does a fantastic job of summarizing all of these different egg poaching methods in their poached egg blog.
Each method has its merits, but I’m a fan of the old fashioned, traditional method that Alton Brown demonstrates to us here:
Don’t have time for the video? His recipe (which I use every time) can be found here.