If we bought a separate tool for every little thing we did in the kitchen, we’d have more than junk drawers, we’d have junk cabinets. Or, maybe even junk closets. Wait, we do have those, but, you get my meaning. There is a never-ending array of specialty tools designed to do just ONE thing. Uni-taskers, as Alton Brown would say. A number of such tools are related to eggs. Some of these, or at least one, might be useful, but unless you are one heck of an egg enthusiast, they’ll end up sitting unused and forgotten in some forgotten kitchen drawer.
An egg piercer is a device for poking a very small hole into the shell of an egg. Why would you ever want to do this? Because if you poke a hole into the end of the shell where the air pocket is located, it is supposed to keep the shell from cracking during boiling. It could also be used to pierce a hole in both ends of the egg so that the yolk and whites can be removed, giving you a hollow egg-shell for decorating. Otherwise known as a fancy needle poking out of a thingy, an egg piercer is not likely to sell out at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
You know how annoying it is when eggs won’t stop chatting each other up while you’re trying to concentrate on your cooking. Use an egg separator to keep the instigators away from each other so you can have a nice, quiet kitchen. Really, an egg separator is a little perforated or slotted bowl with a handle used to separate the yolks from the whites. Fortunately for your space constraints, an egg comes with its own separator: A shell. Use the two halves of the shell to separate the yolk. Or, if you have clean hands (of course you do), use your fingers. Its amazing how many inventions there are to replace the fingers. A slotted spoon, as long as the slots are not to large or two small, would work just as well.
Wires and slots. The wires are in hinged frame fit on the side of a base with slots. Put a boiled egg on the slotted base and close the cutting wires over the egg for nice even slices. Alternatives: A knife and a steady hand. Advantages of an egg slicer: Its made for eggs and the slices are so perfectly even, your mother in law will be amazed. Advantages of a knife: It’s a knife.
Seriously a timer just for timing eggs? The original egg timer was a small hourglass. These became outdated when clockwork and then digital timers were introduced. Most of use already have two or three digital timers in our kitchen. Many microwaves have a separate timer function, as well as many ovens with digital controls and displays. And, there is probably a timer function on your smart phone, or Ipod. Other “revolutionary” egg timers have been invented, such as the Egg-Pefect Egg Timer which is a plastic device meant to be placed in the boiling egg water. It has a colored disc which changes size as the egg-perfect heats up. Since the rate at which it heats is similar to the egg, the size of the plastic disc indicates the doneness of the egg. At least 3 people have purchased the Egg-Perfect, making it an outstanding success. Kidding. This might be useful for people who really like soft or medium boiled eggs, which are hard to get just right. However, I doubt the device works just right either, and probably takes some trial and error. Kind of like boiling a soft-boiled egg.
Poached eggs are hard to make. An egg poacher is any devise used to hold and egg over simmering water and allow steam to circulate and cook the egg, or hold the egg together while perforations in the cup allow it to be gently boiled in water. These may be special inserts for pans that hold up to 4 eggs, or holders that clip onto the side of the pan, or more traditionally, holders with little legs that sit in the bottom of shallow pan of simmering water. I can’t really make fun of this one. Although for most, it will probably be used once and forgotten, if you really like Eggs Benedict and want to impress your friends, this is probably worth having. Even Julia Child endorsed the egg poacher, calling it the key to success. She was talking about an oval perforated egg poacher similar to the one shown above. These are placed in the pan so that the water covers them by 1/2 inch and when the water comes to a boil, the eggs are cracked into the cups and simmered for about four minutes.