Author Topic: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread  (Read 842825 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

magicdomino

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 4274
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5895 on: October 12, 2012, 11:50:18 AM »
Is there a way to tell the "doneness" of poached eggs?  I like my eggs poached so that the whites are cooked through, but the yolks are warm and runny.  How do I tell?  I try to err on the side of caution because I don't want to undercook the whites (ewww) but they always end up with hard yolks.
The only way I know is how to tell raw from hard-boiled (which might also help you tell runny from cooked whites) - put the egg on a flat surface and spin it quickly, then stop it with a tap on the top.  Eggs with raw/liquid insides will resume spinning, while eggs with cooked/solid insides will stop.

Now I'm picturing lining up my poached eggs on the countertop and spinning them like little board game spinners...

You laugh, but that's what I do whenever I'm about to make egg salad - mostly because I've been known to forget to mark the eggs after I hard-boil them, so there's a significant chance at least one of the eggs I thought was hard-boiled actually wasn't  ::)

Would spinning work without a shell, though?  Poached eggs are taken out of their shells before they go in the boiling water.

Now, if we are talking about eggs in the shell, I use an Egg Perfect egg timer.  It's a red plastic egg that cooks with the real eggs.  When the Egg Perfect is dark all the way through, the real eggs are done.  Want soft-boiled eggs?  Pull them when the Egg Perfect is still bright red in the center.

Shoo

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 16393
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5896 on: October 12, 2012, 01:33:38 PM »
There must be more than one definition of "poached" eggs.  What posters responding to the OP are describing are, to me, boiled eggs.  Poached eggs are cracked open into simmering water and cooked out of the shell, not inside it.

Outdoor Girl

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 12871
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5897 on: October 12, 2012, 01:35:17 PM »
I wonder if the Egg Perfect would work for the poached eggs, too?  The main difference between the two is that one is boiled in the shell and the other is cracked into the boiling water.
I have CDO.  It is like OCD but with the letters in alphabetical order, as they should be.
Ontario

Moray

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1869
  • My hovercraft is full of eels!
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5898 on: October 12, 2012, 01:35:47 PM »
There must be more than one definition of "poached" eggs.  What posters responding to the OP are describing are, to me, boiled eggs.  Poached eggs are cracked open into simmering water and cooked out of the shell, not inside it.

I see Slartibartfast talking about hard-boiled eggs, and others pointing out that spinning eggs on a counter without their shells isn't entirely practical :)
Utah

Luci45

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 5775
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5899 on: October 12, 2012, 03:06:08 PM »
Is there a way to tell the "doneness" of poached eggs?  I like my eggs poached so that the whites are cooked through, but the yolks are warm and runny.  How do I tell?  I try to err on the side of caution because I don't want to undercook the whites (ewww) but they always end up with hard yolks. 

I can tell if the poached egg is done enough by pressing it with the bowl of a spoon. I can see the white is done, and I know how much "give" I want to feel on the spoon when pressed over the yolk. Just a little trial and error with a few scrambled eggs and hockey pucks along the way.

I think that is the answer you want, but I enjoyed the side track along the way.

Pippen

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1218
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5900 on: October 12, 2012, 04:48:05 PM »
Not sure if this would work for you if you are a poached egg purist but I do a combination of frying and steaming and the eggs always come out perfectly. Basically you put a bit of water in the bottom of the fry pan, put the eggs in and a lid on top while they are cooking. It easy to see how done they are.

Betelnut

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3576
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5901 on: October 12, 2012, 05:32:51 PM »
New question:

I want to have my basement finished (dry walled, etc.) but do it sort of piecemeal due to being cash poor.  Can you do the walls without doing the ceiling?  That is, what is "accepted practice" as to the order of things when it comes to dry walling?

I really want to do the walls first because my cats are finding it SO amusing to rip up the insulated walls and play with the insulation.  I don't want to restrict their access to the basement because is the best place in the house for their cat litter boxes.  The ceilings are low priority compared to the walls, at least for now.
"And thus the whirligig of time brings in his
revenges." -- Feste, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Native Texan, Marylander currently

Slartibartfast

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 11463
    • Nerdy Necklaces - my Etsy shop!
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5902 on: October 12, 2012, 05:52:26 PM »
Derp, you're right - I was thinking of soft-boiled.  Sorry!  Yeah, I wouldn't spin a poached egg on the counter  :)

Virg

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 5870
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5903 on: October 12, 2012, 05:57:05 PM »
Betelnut wrote:

"I want to have my basement finished (dry walled, etc.) but do it sort of piecemeal due to being cash poor.  Can you do the walls without doing the ceiling?  That is, what is "accepted practice" as to the order of things when it comes to dry walling?

I really want to do the walls first because my cats are finding it SO amusing to rip up the insulated walls and play with the insulation.  I don't want to restrict their access to the basement because is the best place in the house for their cat litter boxes.  The ceilings are low priority compared to the walls, at least for now."

Normally, all of the drywalling is done at once because it's easier that way, but there's nothing preventing you from doing part now and part later, so you can split the job if you like.  One suggestion I'd make, though, is to think about temping the walls.  If you put up cheap plywood or cheaper paneling, it'll keep the cats out of the insulation but won't cost much at all, and then you can save up and do the whole drywalling job in one shot.

Virg

Betelnut

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3576
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5904 on: October 12, 2012, 06:24:44 PM »
Betelnut wrote:

"I want to have my basement finished (dry walled, etc.) but do it sort of piecemeal due to being cash poor.  Can you do the walls without doing the ceiling?  That is, what is "accepted practice" as to the order of things when it comes to dry walling?

I really want to do the walls first because my cats are finding it SO amusing to rip up the insulated walls and play with the insulation.  I don't want to restrict their access to the basement because is the best place in the house for their cat litter boxes.  The ceilings are low priority compared to the walls, at least for now."

Normally, all of the drywalling is done at once because it's easier that way, but there's nothing preventing you from doing part now and part later, so you can split the job if you like.  One suggestion I'd make, though, is to think about temping the walls.  If you put up cheap plywood or cheaper paneling, it'll keep the cats out of the insulation but won't cost much at all, and then you can save up and do the whole drywalling job in one shot.

Virg

That's a good idea Virg.  The situation is driving me crazy so even a temporary fix would help.  Luckily, my basement is virtually empty except for a few tubs and boxes (very little stuff, really) so it will be easy to cover the walls and then actually do the bit project later.

I did do some research and most people were saying do the ceiling first.  Sigh.  Time to get a budget done and start saving!
"And thus the whirligig of time brings in his
revenges." -- Feste, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Native Texan, Marylander currently

GreenEyedHawk

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1765
  • Not hot but SPICY
    • My Facebook.  Feel free to add me!
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5905 on: October 12, 2012, 07:47:28 PM »
I think pressing the eggs with a spoon until I have roughly an idea of how long they take to get to the "doneness" I like, then just timing from there on would be the best bet.  I love poached eggs in many forms and make them a lot...it just drives me around the twist that it seems to be dumb luck whether or not I get them with runny yolks, like I like them. 

I use an egg poaching pot that has the little plastic cups for each egg so it's been a bit of a crapshoot to try and figure it out.
"After all this time?"
"Always."

snowfire

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2171
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5906 on: October 12, 2012, 07:48:04 PM »
One of the reasons to do the ceiling first is that then when you do the walls, the sheetrock on the walls helps support the edges of the drywall on the ceiling.  If you don't have it up already, you could do the heavy plastic vapor barrier on the walls which should keep the kitties out of the insulation and needs to go up before the drywall anyway.  Make the vapor barrier as airtight as possible, taping over where you have stapled it to the studs with either Tuck or Tyvek tape.  Seal around electrical boxes as well and use a bead of sealant where the vapor barrier meets the floor.  The object of the game is to have NO air movement in the wall at all. 

If you have more questions, PM me.  DH and I finished our basement ourselves from stud walls to wood & tile flooring and EVERYTHING in between.  ;D

Betelnut

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 3576
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5907 on: October 12, 2012, 08:55:00 PM »
One of the reasons to do the ceiling first is that then when you do the walls, the sheetrock on the walls helps support the edges of the drywall on the ceiling.  If you don't have it up already, you could do the heavy plastic vapor barrier on the walls which should keep the kitties out of the insulation and needs to go up before the drywall anyway.  Make the vapor barrier as airtight as possible, taping over where you have stapled it to the studs with either Tuck or Tyvek tape.  Seal around electrical boxes as well and use a bead of sealant where the vapor barrier meets the floor.  The object of the game is to have NO air movement in the wall at all. 

If you have more questions, PM me.  DH and I finished our basement ourselves from stud walls to wood & tile flooring and EVERYTHING in between.  ;D

Sigh.  I wish I were handy like that.  Plus, it is a huge disadvantage to own a small sedan when you need a big truck to transport things.  Good advice though and I might take you up on some advice! Thanks!
"And thus the whirligig of time brings in his
revenges." -- Feste, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Native Texan, Marylander currently

snowfire

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2171
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5908 on: October 13, 2012, 03:51:12 PM »
You would be amazed at what I have gotten into a hatchback.  ;D  Eons  ago I had an '87 Mustang hatchback & I was able to get 4x8 sheets of plywood in it.  They hung out the back & I had to tie the hatch down, but I got them home.

Some of the big box stores have a truck you can rent from them for ~$20 or so an hour so that you can bring stuff home.

CakeBeret

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 4215
Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #5909 on: October 22, 2012, 11:14:39 AM »
How much credence do you give dreams?

I'm getting a new tattoo tomorrow and I'm really excited about it. To date, though, I've had 3 dreams of it going badly wrong. They're amusing once I wake up--I'm getting a column of Roman numerals down my spine. In the first dream, the tattoo artist said he couldn't do the numerals, so he would do cartoon apples instead. The second dream, he started the tattoo at my hairline rather than below my neck. And in the third dream, he tattooed someone else's kid's name across my neck.

I'm starting to wonder if something is *wrong* in my subconscious because of all the bad dreams. I believe in listening to intuition and instinct, but during waking hours I'm not getting any negative vibes/feelings. I'm just starting to get a little freaked out because of the dreams. Any thoughts?
"From a procrastination standpoint, today has been wildly successful."