Do you have a difficult time peeling hard boiled eggs? Or do you find the shell removes a chunk of the egg? Then we have the process of making hard boiled eggs. We need to boil the water to the correct temperature, simmer the eggs, and drain the hot water. It is too cumbersome. So it is time to review the options from purchasing hard boiled eggs to using an electric egg gadget. I am sharing my Cuisinart Egg Cooker Review. (I do not receive compensation for this review.)
Searching for a Solution
At the grocery store, you can purchase perfect hard boiled eggs with the shells removed. Current cost is $3.99 for 6 eggs or $26 a month. However, that gets into a lot of money at $319 a year. Especially when a carton of 18 eggs (of similar quality) cost $4.29 at $9.50 a month or $114 a year. Assumption of 40 hard boiled eggs a month.
This analysis and the dread of the entire process to make hard boiled eggs, led to the purchase of the Cuisinart Egg Cooker. In December 2015, I purchased the Cuisinart CEC-10 Egg Central Egg Cooker, Brushed Stainless Steel for $39.99. Since that time, I have faithfully used my electric egg maker making the entire process much easier! It is a gadget that I highly recommend.
Cuisinart Egg Cooker is a product that I find valuable and am sharing that information. This review is based upon using it for hard boiled eggs. Currently, we do not use it for Omelets, poached eggs, medium and soft eggs. However my $39.99 purchase has more than paid for itself with cooking perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel. And the last time I checked Amazon, the prices had gone down! Initially, I had some problems with water spilling out of the unit and eggs cracking. However, it was because I was not following the instructions. I am sharing some of the common user problems that are easily resolved.
Cuisinart Egg Cooker Review Ratings
- My overall rating is an A+++
- More than 2,000 hard boiled eggs made with this unit
- After initial learning curve, 99% of the hard boiled eggs shells removed easily and not sticking to the egg
- Minimal effort on my part!
Cuisinart Egg Cooker Step by Step Instructions
Note: refer to the instruction manual for full instructions. They recommend rinsing the eggs before piercing them and rinsing the piercing pin after each use.
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- Measuring Beaker (be careful of the piercing needle see below pictures)
- Upper Cooking Rack holds 3 eggs
- Lower Cooking Rack holds 7 eggs
What You Need
- 10 Large Cold Eggs, do not use room temperature
- Large Plate, optional
- Cold Distilled Water
- Cooking Mitts
- Bowl with cold water and ice
- Vinegar to clean the unit
Step by Step Instructions
- Place the Cuisinart Egg Cooker base on a large plate near a plug. (The plate is optional.)
- Measure cold distilled water in the provided measuring beaker to the hard boiled level line and pour into the unit.
- Place the lower cooking rack on the unit. It should fit snuggly – not sit on top of the base.
Examples of the Lower Cooking Rack
The bottom left picture show the lower cooking rack positioned correctly on the base. It should fit snuggly into the base. The picture on the right hand side is on the unit upside down. You will see it sits on top of the unit with the rim that goes into the unit is facing upwards. You will also notice that the egg holder is upside down.
Piercing the Eggs
- Using the piercing pin under the measuring beaker, pierce the top side of each egg.
- Use light pressure to make a small hole. Otherwise you might crack the egg.
- Note this is NOT the thin pointy side of the egg.
- Place egg into the cooking rack.
Which Side is Up?
The eggs in the carton are typically “top side” up. This is the rounded side. Refer to the below top two pictures. The bottom left picture is the “pointy side” up. You do not want to pierce this side. The fourth picture shows the “pointy side” and “top side” egg side by side. Pierce the egg and then place it into the egg cooking rack.
Start Cooking the Eggs!
- Add the upper cooking rack and repeat with the remaining 3 eggs.
- Place the lid on the unit.
- Turn to the “on” position.
The Hard Boiled Eggs are Done!
- How will you know when the eggs are done? The water evaporates and a high pitch sound is produced. Turn off the machine.
- Carefully remove the lid away from your face since there will be hot steam from the eggs.
- Using a tong, remove each egg and place into a bowl of ice water.
- Pour vinegar into the base to clean. Depending upon how hot the unit is, the vinegar can produce some steam and condensation splattering onto the table.
- After several minutes pour the vinegar into the sink and clean the base with a wet paper towel. Dry the base with a clean paper towel. Be careful if the unit is hot. You don’t want to get burned.
- Place the lower and upper cooking racks into the dishwasher top shelf.
- Leave the eggs into the ice water for a few minutes.
- Remove, place into a container storing in the refrigerator.
Peeling the Egg
- For the perfect peel, roll the egg on the countertop with your palm
- Break the shell on from the larger round end – where you pierced the egg
- Proceed to peel from the larger round end
Common Problems with the Cuisinart Egg Cooker
Water spilling out of the egg maker
- This can happen if an egg breaks or cracks while cooking. Sometimes the egg shell is too thin around the hole. Or you may have pressed too hard cracking the egg shell.
- A common mistake is piercing the egg on the wrong side. Do not poke the narrow, thin side of the egg. It typically is the side that is facing up when you open the egg carton.
- Recheck your water measurements.
- Verify the lower cooking rack is correctly on the base.
- If this happens, check the hardboiled eggs to ensure they cooked through before serving.
Water Bubbles out of the top
- This really is not a concern.
The bottom of the Cuisinart Egg Cooker is stained
- This can happen when using tap water instead of distilled water.
- Always clean your unit with vinegar.