Sunday, March 11, 2018

No More Egg Peeling.

Hard boiled eggs are versatile little foods; snacks; cutting up to place in a salad; chop up, add mayonnaise and wallah, lunch sandwich; and most especially delicious, Deviled Eggs.  Oh, but the peeling of the shell off the eggs, what a chore!  Either they come off easily, or the eggs end up looking like Freddy Krueger peeled them with his claws.  I know, I know, rinse them in cool water; no, peel them while still hot; no, wait an hour before peeling; no, prick a hole at the ends and release the air before boiling; no…well you get it, everyone has a method.

Occasionally I do product reviews, either I’m truly impressed by something new, or it’s truly a rip-off.  When I saw the “As Seen on TV” commercial for Egglettes, I knew immediately I would have to buy and try.  Egglettes are silicon cups with hard plastic, screw on lids; crack open the eggs, drop into the cups (one per cup), screw the lids on tightly, drop into boiling water and let cook designated times for the type of egg you like  - soft, medium or hard boiled.  There are recipes for making Eggs Benedict, Frittata, Egg Salad and those beloved Deviled Eggs.

Seems like more work than boiling the eggs in water?  Eggs are made up of a lot of protein; when exposed to heat from boiling water, the molecular bonds of the amino acids inside these proteins change shape.  This thermodynamic process causes the egg white and yolk to harden.  If you have ever boiled eggs in their shells, this chemical change can cause the egg white to stick to the inside of the shell, making it tough to remove without wasting time and creating a heck of a mess.

It took two weeks, but I received my set of 6 Egglettes, plus free microwave cooking bowl for omelets; first step was to thoroughly wash in hot soapy water.  Then came play time, while water was beginning to boil in a pot on the stovetop, each Egglettes interior got a light spray of nonstick cooking spray, butter flavored.  Each large egg was cracked open, deposited into a cup, tightly sealed and placed into, by now, boiling water.  Timer was set for 12 minutes for medium boiled, pot covered and a bowl of cold water sat waiting.  After the timer dinged, the Egglettes went into the cold water, just like most folks would do with eggs in a shell.  Ah, but now for the easy opening; untwist the cap, run the tip of a knife around the egg’s top edge and squeeze the bottom of the cup…POP, goes the eggy! 

Medium boiled, no peeling, ready to eat and clean-up is hot, soapy water; hubby made a breakfast of toasted English muffin, cheese and eggs on top.  Just a little salt and pepper on top and I was happy just munching on these luscious morsels of eggy goodness.  Now an issue that some reviewers have is that the eggs are flat on one side.  So, if you want those pretty Deviled Eggs with rounded points at both ends, don’t rely on this product for that dish; or put a garnish at the flat end and pretty it up.

Store Cooked Eggs Up to 2 Days in Refrigerator.

So, how much did this want of convenience cost me?  One set of six Egglettes is priced at $14.99, plus $3.99 S&H. Each order comes with a bonus microwave egg sandwich/omelet cooker, free recipe booklet and 60-day refund policy, less S&H, which you can request by calling customer service at (855) 355-0416. To order online, go to:

The company that offers this product is Idea Village, based out of Wayne, NJ and has been manufacturing “As Seen on TV” products since 2009.  Some of their top-reviewed products include Copper Fit, Yes! by Finishing Touch, Micro Touch One Razor, and Snackeez.  Idea Village held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on four consumer reviews and nearly 100 closed complaints, as of 1/22/18.  Most of these appeared to revolve around products that didn’t meet expectations, along with difficulty obtaining refunds. A representative responded in each instance with positive results though.  Now while the company is based in New Jersey, the products they sell are made in China.  I contacted Idea Village to find out why they do not manufacture in the United States, but no one could give me an answer; no matter how many times I got switched to another department.  So much for a positive result.

There you have it, a review on a product which makes dealing with hard boiled eggs easier for me.  …and as I watch the snow, for the entire winter, falling today on Monticello, Utah; an egg salad sandwich is sounding good about now.

Mary Cokenour

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