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147. IdeaSpark*: Gadget to help make the Perfect Fried Egg. January 28, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, IdeaSpark*, Product.

I just finished eating a fried egg on some leftovers, and am reminded with how delicious the perfect fried-egg can be (to me, that’s white all-cooked, with crispy edges, and the yolk is runny; with S + P cooked in).

However, it is a lot of work to get that delicate balance. I now do the “spread the white out and then flip” method, but also have tried to cover with steam, and even once I separated the two egg parts, cooked the white first, then added the yolk later.

My IdeaSpark* is a product designed to make this task of cooking the perfect fried egg easier and quicker. When you start heating the pan to cook your egg, you also put this particular gadget in the toaster, or toaster-oven. This gadget is a DVD-sized disc of non-stick metal, with the hole in the center the size of a half-dollar (or yolk); covering the hole is a concave pyrex glass domed window.

Using a specialized heat-resistant tong, you put the heated gadget on your fried egg, and it sears the white quickly; the yolk is only slightly cooked by the steam under the glass dome. Yum!



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