You have to wonder if the first caveman who accidentally broke an egg by his fire and had a cooked egg with a side of extra crispy Wooly Mammoth bacon for breakfast knew that thousands of years later, we’d still be eating the same thing (minus the mammoth).
But it’s hard to find the time to make eggs for breakfast at home before work and in the office, there’s no stove to cook on. And making a perfectly poached egg, an omelette, or hard-boiled eggs is no easy task. You can overcook them, undercook them or mess them up in so many ways.
That’s where the Dash rapid egg cooker comes in. It claimed to make multiple eggs of all different types (hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached and omelette) in a quick, easy and clean manor.
So we gave it a shot to see if it lived up to the hype on Amazon and put it through some tests (cooked breakfast) to see if an egg breakfast in the office was attainable after all.
How does it work?
The Dash egg cooker looks like the bad guys from the Jimmy Neutron movie and I’m not convinced it wasn’t modeled after them since they were an egg-like species, but there is no green goo involved.
The biggest draw to the cooker is that there’s no flipping, spatulas or touching of eggs at all once they are cooking. They’re steamed for a certain period of time depending on how much water is used and what type of egg you are trying to make.
We got the deluxe version, so it was bigger than the standard and had a few more parts, but it’s a pretty simple contraption with a base plate equipped with a single switch that you plug into the wall. The water goes into the metal pan in the base plate using a measuring cup that’s clearly labeled with water levels for different types of eggs.
On top of the base plate goes the boiling tray, which holds six or eight eggs, depending on the version and on top of that goes either the eggs, egg poaching trays with oval slots or an omelette tray that fits at least a three egg omelette. Both the poaching tray and the omelette tray should be greased before cooking.
Once the right level of water is in and the eggs are arranged, all you do is put on the lid and flip the switch/push the button in front.
The cooker will fog up, steam will come out the little hole in the dome and eventually, a very loud buzzer will sound to let you know your eggs are ready to go.
Did it work?
In short, yes — and very well.
The hard-boiled eggs were hard-boiled, the poached eggs were poached and the omelettes were light and fluffy. But only if the water levels were set right.
The Dash comes with a user manual and a quick-start guide, both of which have instructions on how to cook eggs in increments of six or 12 for hard or soft-boiled, plus instructions on four or seven poached eggs.
The measuring cup also has notches for ounces of water and for levels for 12 hard, medium and soft-boiled eggs, plus omelette/poached.
But it doesn’t have increments or instructions for all the numbers. If we wanted to make two poached eggs, or two hard-boiled eggs, or five or six, we had to play around with the water levels to find the right level, otherwise the eggs would be too runny or too solid.
This was a minor blip though, as it only takes a cycle or two to figure out the levels for your desired amount of eggs. Another issue is removing poached eggs from the trays. Since the eggs have a runny inside, it takes some practice to find a way to get the egg out of the tray without puncturing it and sending yolk everywhere. But, like the water levels, with practice, it becomes easier.
We’ve made eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cooker and each time, they’ve come out without burning, without hassle, without smelling (too eggy) and most importantly, without creating a mess.
The cooker is very easy to wipe down (should you choose to clean it every time you use it) and the trays are also super easy to clean out, though there’s usually not much mess anyway.
Is it worth it?
If you’re cooking eggs more than once or twice a week, especially in greater quantities than one or two, this is absolutely for you.
It’s great for an office breakfast without using a stove, pots or pans. It’s great for breakfast for kids without spending time on every single egg or having to clean up a big mess. And it’s great for mass-producing eggs for dishes or meal-prepping.
The best part? Both the regular and deluxe versions are under $30, providing a low-cost, high-result option for fast and easy eggs.
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