If you’ve ever struggled to make a good poached egg, pay attention.
A poultry farmer from Lincolnshire has finally found a way to guarantee the perfect poached egg every single time.
How, you ask? Well, with the aid of an 8ft by 5ft metal machine of course.
It’s a far cry from the usual method of poaching an egg in simmering water for three minutes.
Phil Ashton says making his contraption has meant he now avoids the disappointment of overdone or underdone eggs.
The farmer, from Boston, Lincolnshire, who supplies eggs to the Happy Egg Company, says he can now poach the perfect egg in two minutes and 42 seconds.
He told Manchester Evening News: ‘The machine really does make the perfect poached egg every time and if you are very particular like I am, it takes away the daily frustration of slightly under or overdone eggs.
‘The eggs are timed to precision for 162 seconds.’
That’s not to say it wasn’t an easy process though. The machine took him 800 hours to build.
But the machine means that he can spend more time with his chickens.
‘It’s been a labour of love that kept me away from my girls longer than I would have liked this summer,’ he says.
‘But I’m already reaping the benefit and I wanted it ready in time for the shorter winter days.’
The farmer loves eggs so much he believes his egg cooking habit has cost him approximately 76 days over the course of his lifetime.
So what inspired him to make the machine (bar his love of eggs of course)?
Mr Ashton attributes it to his childhood favourite films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Wallace and Gromit.
He said: ‘Growing up on a farm I always had a knack for making things and my wife’s been calling me Wallace for years.
‘As a kid I was always repairing machinery and working on tractor motors so really the cracking invention is just one of many contraptions and I’m sure it won’t be the last invention I have up my sleeve.’
And how does the machine work? Well, at the press of a button, a wheel is triggered.
It then pumps water through a tube and into a brass galley where the egg sits.
When the egg is ready, a sieve is triggered to pick it up from its pan and placed on a plate. Easy.
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