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there's a knack to the clack
on 20 September 2012
I should have paid more attention to other reviews of similar products before using this for the first time, as I was initially disappointed. Then I discovered that the egg clacker is actually working as expected and I'm a lot happier.
The clacker works by cracking the shell in a perfect ring, but it does not puncture the membrane. The photograph is therefore a bit misleading as the clacker does not actually remove the top of the egg - you have to do that yourself with a knife or teaspoon in order to cut through the membrane. You are then left with a nicely accessible dippy egg free of shell fragments and jagged edges.
Things I have learned about using this clacker:
- Do not clack a second time if it looks as though it hasn't done much. It has, and your egg might collapse in a splurgy heap of woe especially if the white is on the soft side.
- Do not clack your egg in a tightly-fitting egg cup with sharp edges, or you'll get a double clack (one at the top from the clacker and one at the bottom from the edge of the egg cup). Because the membrane is not pierced this is not as disastrous as the twice-clacked egg noted above, but it can make things tricky all the same.
- Do hold the clacker firmly to the egg whilst clacking, but not so firmly that you smash it.
- Remove the top of the egg carefully with your knife or teaspoon. The egg clacker is not magic and so your yolk has the same chance as always of splurging out and running down the side. It probably has a higher chance, actually, since the cut the clacker makes is further down the side of the egg than I would put it with my teaspoon if doing this manually and thus the yolk is more likely to be clack-line adjacent.
- Because the membrane is not punctured, you can safely clack an egg and then lay it on a plate if, for example, you only have one egg cup but are having two eggs for breakfast.
Previously I have been somewhat challenged in the skill of topping soft-boiled eggs and so tended to avoid them (despite being quite fond of them). With my clacker in hand I now approach them much more confidently and thus can enjoy them frequently.