Save Your Poached Eggs from Becoming a Wispy Mess

March 14, 2016

Yes, everybody makes basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as overcooking mushrooms or toasting grains and spices. Below, reader Gail Magnani confesses botching a batch of poached eggs to associate food editor Rick Martinez. Welcome to Effed it Up.

Dear Rick,

This may sound ridiculous, but my poached eggs are a wispy mess. I have tried gently lowering them into the water. I have tried poaching with vinegar, without vinegar—you name it, I’ve tried it. What is the secret to making them as perfect as the line cooks at my local diner can?


Dear Gail,