Email Link SMS X Search Clock Right Arrow Caret down Caret up Caret left Caret right Thumbs up Speech Audio on Replay Plus Minus

Julia Child's Simple Egg Hack Is A Game Changer

AKA how to make the best poached eggs ever.

Just about everybody knows who Julia Child is. She's the late culinary icon and author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking — a book that will go down in history as one of the greatest cookbooks ever.

WGBH

So when I came across one of her tips in her cookbook for perfectly preparing poached eggs, I knew it was worth sharing.

Columbia Pictures

Advertisement

Advertisement

Before diving into her method, Child emphasizes that using fresh eggs is "the most important requirement for poaching."

Thitareesarmkasat / Getty Images

Why? Because, as Child explains, "the yolk stands high, the white clings to it in a cohesive mass, and only a small amount of watery liquid falls away from the main body of the white."

But if your eggs are not that fresh, this is where her hack comes in handy: pre-boiling them in their shell!

Charlie4mav / Getty Images, Superfroyd / Getty Images

"If the eggs are not quite as fresh as you could wish," says Child, "simmer them in their shells for 8 to 10 seconds before poaching."

Advertisement

Advertisement

Yep, Child suggests boiling the eggs in their shells so the whites firm up just enough to hold toegether.

youtube.com

"This will often firm up the white just enough so it will hold its shape around the yolk when the egg is broken into the water," says Child.

After that, Child cooks her poached eggs using a fairly common method.

youtube.com

She cooks them in simmering water spiked with vinegar — nothing uncommon — and the whites stay perfectly together instead of flying everywhere.

So there you have it: child's simple hack for perfectly poaching eggs.

Columbia Pictures

What's your trick for cooking poached eggs? Let us know in the comments!

If you want to learn even more genius cooking tips from Child, grab her book. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 is available on Amazon for $28.95.

And if you're looking for even more genius cooking hacks, check out these posts:

26 Cooking Hacks Everyone Should Know About

11 Cooking Hacks That Are Total BS

18 Simple Kitchen Hacks That Will Save You A Ton Of Time

Advertisement

Advertisement

TRENDING RECIPES

Advertisement

Advertisement

LATEST TASTY GUIDES

24 Things To Make It Feel Like You Doubled The Space In Your Kitchen
26 Kitchen Products That’ll Upgrade Your Weekly Dinner Plans
31 Things From Walmart Your Kitchen Seriously Wants You To Buy

Advertisement

Advertisement

21 Cute Kitchen Products That'll Motivate You To Cook
30 Kitchen Products Under $25 That Are 100% Worth The Money
30 Cute Versions Of Boring Kitchen Products To Make Cooking Fun Again

Advertisement

Advertisement

24 Things For Anyone Who's Straight-Up Scared Of Cooking
14 Unexpected Things You Can Make In Your Blender
30 Products And Kits You Need If You're Getting Kind-Of Bored In The Kitchen

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Share on Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Email Share on Email More More