PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There are a couple of new products that claim to make your egg cooking and eating, easier.
If you’ve seen the commercials, you may have laughed a little at the way these products work, and some of you probably wondered if they actually do work.
KDKA-TV Morning News Anchor/”Does it Really Do That?” Reporter Jennifer Antkowiak recruited Henry Claugherty to test the Eggstractor and Rollie.
With a nickname like “Hen,” it’s natural for Claugherty to be a fan of eggs. He does like eating them, as well as decorating with them and was more than happy to help us test these products.
“When I saw the commercials, I was kinda hoping you would call me for these. These look pretty fun,” Henry said.
The Eggstractor is a plastic plunger-like device with a stand and a sharp prong that you’re supposed to use to pierce the air cell at the tip of the egg.
The directions then say to tap the small end of the egg on the piercer, followed by tapping the larger end on the table. From there, you place the egg in the stand, big side down, cross your hands over the top, and press down on the plunger.
A perfectly peeled egg is supposed to come out the other side, but ours came out broken with much of the peel still on. Other parts of the peel shot out on the counter and the floor.
“There’s more shells in my kitchen than on the beach down at Pawley’s Island,” Henry laughed.
They tried it again, with Henry tapping, placing, and pressing as instructed in the product directions. Again, out popped a broken up egg, with the shell still on in many places.
“It’s not the way it is on TV. It ripped it up pretty good, but it’s still got the shells on it, and all over my kitchen,” Henry said.
Jen read from a troubleshooting guide included in the instructions, and they checked to make sure the size of the egg was correct, that it was pierced through the air chamber, and that it was placed in the stand the right way.
All of that checked out, and Henry tried again. They got the same result with the egg – broken up and shell still on in places.
Maybe Henry was pressing too hard?
Jen gave it a try and found you had to use more pressure than she anticipated.
Later, they checked the egg and realized it had fallen over on its side. They set it straight, Jen pressed, and more of the shell came off, but the egg was still a little broken up.
Next, they tried the Rollie.
It’s a small plug in appliance that’s supposed to cook eggs in a tall round chamber.
The instructions say to plug the Rollie in and let it heat up. A green light comes on to tell you it’s ready to go. As directed, Henry sprayed the Rollie chamber with a non-stick spray, cracked two eggs right into the unit, and then, all that’s left to do is wait for 6-8 minutes until they’re supposed to be done.
Jen and Henry could see the eggs cooking, and soon, the egg tube started to rise out of the chamber. It kept coming out and over, looking kind of like an egg hot dog.
“That’s just a little too creepy for me,” Henry laughs. “I can’t make my eggs like that every day. I couldn’t do it, no.”
Looks aside though, the Rollie and the Eggstractor, do they work?
“Yes, the Rollie works. The Eggstractor is questionable – I’d say no,” Henry said. “There’s enough of a debris field here on the Eggstractor that I would say don’t do that. The Rollie works if you can get past the visual.”
Both products are available online and in stores.