Reporting Jennifer Antkowiak
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The biggest pain about eating hard-boiled eggs is cracking and peeling those shells, right? Well, what if there was a way to get a hard-boiled egg, without a shell?
A product called Eggies claims to deliver just that, in a fast and easy way; but, does it really do that?
Sounds pretty good, huh? Are you already starting to daydream about all the ways you can start to eat your easily made, no muss, no fuss hard-boiled eggs?
But don’t get out your credit card just yet.
With his wife on the road for work quite a bit, Henry Clougherty mans the kitchen, and like the rest of us, products that offer to save us time always catch his attention.
A self-proclaimed 1-800 junkie, Clougherty said he’s been considering whether or not to order Eggies, and was egg-cited (sorry, couldn’t help it) to be our does it really do that tester.
“Eggs are a favorite of mine. Bacon and eggs after church on a Sunday, I love it,” he said. “We always keep eggs here, and when in doubt, scramble ‘em up! But this’ll work, I’m hoping it works.”
Ease of use is the thing that first lured him to this product, and right on the Eggies box it says, “So fast and easy… just crack, boil and twist.”
Inside the little box, lots of parts, a bonus egg separator and directions. The basic kit makes six hard-boiled eggs. Each Eggie has four parts.
“We have the lid, the collar, the bottom half and the top half,” Clougherty says.
Each of the parts needs to be washed, rinsed, and then greased, either with vegetable oil or spray on a paper towel.
“Gonna need an engineering degree to get all these back together here,” says Clougherty. “Place the top half onto the bottom half, secure the collar around both pieces… greasy hands… this ain’t working real good. What am I doing wrong?”
Once you do get them all back together, you crack an egg into each one, which is easier said than done. We found that some slopped out and a little shell got in.
Once the eggs are in the Eggies, all that’s left is to screw on the lids. Then, you’re supposed to put the Eggies in pots filled with enough warm water that the Eggies float.
Clougherty then waits 15 minutes from the time the water boils. During the time, he noticed some of the egg seeped out into the water during the boiling.
When time’s up, you’re supposed to carefully take the Eggies out and let them cool till warm to the touch, unscrew the collar and the top half and gently squeeze to release the egg.
If that fails, you’re told to use a utensil to loosen the sides.
The consistency was fine for Clougherty, and the flat-ended egg shape didn’t bother him…the egg was done and tasted good.
But hard boiled eggs made easy?
“Good idea, practical application… man, a lot of effort up front,” Clougherty says. “You do get some decent hard-boiled eggs, but overall, the way life is, I’m glad I didn’t call 1-800-Get-My-Eggies, you know what I mean?! I’m kind of glad I saved a few bucks, actually.”
After that, there was also the cleanup of all of those pieces. They are top-rack dishwasher safe, but Clougherty was afraid he’d lose pieces.
You can buy Eggies through the infomercial, but lots of local grocery stores, and home stores, like Bed, Bath, and Beyond sell Eggies for around $10.