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A skillet with a lid is needed. Add water to about 1 inch or 1and a half inches. Put the lid on the skillet, and bring the water to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer, making certain that the skillet has smoldery, foggy water inside of it, kind of like a "spa."
Then take the lid off, and crack the eggs, and gently put them in the "smoldery, foggy" water. Put the lid back on the skillet.
Let the eggs "steam" for several minutes. When they are done to your likeness, remove them to a plate or plates. You should now have very pretty poached eggs that are either oval in shape, or round, but not bunched up, and ragged like they often show on tv.
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By Carol Rodriguez from South Bend, IN
I find poached eggs to be such a lovely treat. So soft and delicate, yet perfectly cooked. No hard bits, no over-fried edges. Just a pillow of love.
To make them, bring a pot of water to a boil. You'll want enough water to come up at least an inch up the side of a big pot. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar and stir.
Crack an egg into a bowl or ladle, making sure it does not break.
Use a spoon to begin swirling the hot water around so it's moving about like a whirlpool. This motion will prevent the egg whites from breaking into little bits.
Carefully drop the egg(s) into the center of the whirlpool. Shut off heat, cover the pot with a lid, and let cook for 5 minutes. (Set a timer.) No peeking allowed.
Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and serve.
Fill a pot half way with water and bring to a boil. Spray the inside of a baggie with cooking spray and break one or more eggs into the baggie. Squeeze out most of the air while zipping the baggie closed. Drop the baggie into the pot of water reducing heat to medium/low and cover. I cooked two eggs for 5 minutes but increase/decrease time according to number of eggs being poached.
There are several ways to make poached eggs, using the microwave is one option. This is a page about making easy poached eggs in the microwave.