How to Poach an Egg
George Weld says:
- Start with cold eggsthey hold together better.
- Use a fairly deep pot.
- Bring the water to just a simmer, and add a little vinegarabout a tablespoon. You can use any kind of vinegar, but you'll probably taste a little bit of it, so use a vinegar you like and that tastes good.
- Lower egg, in a cup, right to the surface of the water and gradually slide it in. The white will immediately set. If you're using a shallower pan, make sure to sweep under the egg with a spoon so it doesn't stick to the bottom.
- If you're cooking a lot of poached eggs, you can drop them into ice water to stop the cooking. When it's time to serve, simply drop them back in the simmering water before plating.
About the Chef
George Weld is a self-taught cook who grew up in Virginia and the Carolinas. He has been cooking eggs since 2004 at his restaurant, Egg, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. In 2005, Egg was named best breakfast in New York by New York magazine and has been featured or reviewed in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Japan's Title magazine, and Charleston magazine.
Egg's address is 135A North 5th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211; 718-302-5151. It is open 7 a.m. to noon weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekends.
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