Egg Coddlers Buying Guide
Sure, anybody can get their eggs scrambled or over-easy. But when you want a change of pace, why not try adding coddled eggs to your salad or appetizer platter ? Coddled eggs, which are made by quickly immersing them into boiling water, are much like poached eggs--slightly undercooked. To coddle an egg to perfection, it's best to use an egg coddler, which come in a variety of shapes and designs to match your cooking needs and kitchen style.
What's an Egg Coddler?
An egg coddler is a porcelain or pottery cup with a lid that is used to prepare eggs. Typically, the coddler is buttered so as to prevent sticking, and then the eggs are broken into it along with various seasoning. The coddler is then closed and partially immersed in boiling water for around 7-8 minutes. Once the eggs are cooked sufficiently, the coddler is simply lifted from the boiling water with oven mitts , and the eggs can be served at the table in the dish itself, which is often decorative.
Coddlers As Collectibles and Gifts
- Egg coddlers can be both lovely and practical gifts , as they are often painted or glazed with intricate designs.
- Many people choose to display coddlers with their China pieces or start collections strictly dedicated to coddlers of varying designs and time periods. Specifically, collectors try to find coddlers manufactured by Royal Worcester, the company that claims responsibility for their invention in the nineteenth century and continues to manufacture them today.
- Egg coddlers come in various styles that make them more or less desirable. Some have lids made out of metal or porcelain that rest on the top of the coddler for cooking. Others are manufactured with a set of screw-on threads (made from stainless steel or plastic) that attach the lid to the lip of the coddler. And in some cases, the lid is attached by a metal strap that runs across the top and hooks onto the ears on the side of the coddler.