I'm not one for single use kitchen gadgets, especially cheap informercial ones. For some reason though, my wife got excited about the Egg Genie which hard boils eggs using steaming. She found it in a store for cheap and bought it. These retail for $19 on Amazon but I think she found it for $10 at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond.
Turns out it's pretty descent. First, it is small and fits right in our appliance cupboard without compromising other useful appliances. Second, it actually does make pretty darn good hard boiled eggs. It is because it cooks them in steam which is far superior to boiling them in water. Steam allows the inside to cook perfectly without sticking to the shell making them way easier to peel.
The gadget itself is pretty simple. It has a hot plate where you put a certain amount of water depending on how many eggs you want to cook. Then it has a plastic egg holder thing for the eggs to sit in. Then a dome top to capture the steam.
You simply plug it in. The water heats up creating steam. The water slowly evaporates, and when the hot plate becomes dry, the gadget starts buzzing letting you know it's dry and done. You unplug the device and leave the eggs in with the dome on to cool until you can handle them. Then refrigerate as is to peel later or put in a cold water bath to peel right away.
The only tricky part is knowing how much water to use. Oddly, the more eggs you want to cook, the less water you need. But when you think about it, that is because there is more volume of eggs so less steam is needed in the dome to cook them. Here is the chart for how much water to use depending on the number of eggs you want to cook:
- 7 eggs = 14 tsp
- 6 eggs = 15 tsp (5 tbsp or 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp)
- 5 eggs = 17.0 tsp
- 4 eggs = 18 tsp (6 tbsp or 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup)
- 3 eggs = 20.0 tsp
- 2 eggs = 21 tsp
- 1 egg = 23 tsp