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Why This Tiny Egg Cup Is Creating a Big Stir

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This past Sunday, video game designer Innes McKendrick, a Scotsman living in Guildford, Surrey and tweeting under the handle @innesmck, took to Twitter to go on an expletive-laden, mildly furious rant. The reason? He’d just been alerted to the fact that a good number of Americans don’t use egg cups, those concave tchotchkes that keep soft-boiled eggs upright as you eat them.

Well, let’s set aside the fact that it’s silly to impose a one-size-fits-all, sweeping characterization of a country and its cooking habits. There are a number of people on our team over at Food52, based in the States, who use egg cups with regularity and leisure.

McKendrick, when confronting the apparent truth that these trinkets aren't commonly found in American kitchens, began to wonder: How do the unruly yolks of soft-boiled eggs stay stabilized? Why allow eggs to roam around with reckless abandon atop flat plates? The solution, to McKendrick's mind, is clear. Use an egg cup. His instructions for their best use:

How to Reheat Soft-Boiled Eggs (and the Search for a Better Way)
How to Reheat Soft-Boiled Eggs (and the Search for a Better Way)
  • Boil the egg.
  • Stop before the yolk gets hard.
  • Put it in an egg cup.
  • Cut the top off.
  • Dip bread in it.
Hen-Shaped Egg Cup (Set of 4)

Hen-Shaped Egg Cup (Set of 4)

Egg Cup

Egg Cup


Wonderful. I’m convinced. You heard the man: If you haven’t yet succumbed to the egg cup, perhaps it’s time to give it a try. I’ve got some ideas for where to start.

Use an egg cup? You know the drill: Let us know in the comments.

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