"Oeuf" is French for "egg". Pronounce the above with a cartoon French accent, and it sounds very like "rip off": it comes out as "reep urff". And that's what happened on May 25th at the vide-grenier at St. Genest d'Ambierre when I bought this so-called egg timer (minuteur). Yes, I'm only out 1€ (maybe $1.10, £0.90) but it's still annoying.
A few years ago, I bought something similar, called an Egg Perfect. It was brilliant. As it heated up in the same boiling water as the eggs, it began to darken from the outside in. You remove the eggs from the pan (with a slotted spoon) as soon as the dark ring reaches the desired degree of cookedness. Then I boiled it dry...
I'd been meaning to mail-order a new one for some time. Before I did, though, I found this. I was suspicious when "dur" (hard) was slightly off centre, but that doesn't actually preclude its working: after all, it's more inboard than "mollet". And at 1€ it was a gamble that even I was willing to take.
When we got home, I tried it. Nothing. It didn't work at all. I cooked the eggs perfectly by timing them, but the so-called minuteur did not change colour at all. There's no way it could have worked to begin with, and then stopped working: it was a rip-off from the start.
Google "egg timer boiler" and you'll see that there are quite a few rivals to the Egg Perfect, most of them cheaper. It is entirely possible that some of them are as good as the Egg Perfect (it is hard to see how they could be better). But it is also entirely possible that some of the others are as useless as this one. It is also quite possible that there is a visually identical minuteur that does work, and that this is simply a rip-off of a much better product.
All I can imagine is that most people can't be bothered to return them: the hassle and the postage are more trouble than it's worth to get a replacement or a refund on something so cheap. Presumably the person who sold it to me just reckoned they hadn't got the hang of it. I don't really blame them. You buy something; it doesn't appear to work; you get rid of it, whether via a bin, a charity shop or a vide grenier. But there's nothing to get the hang of. Either it works (like an Egg Perfect) or it doesn't (like this one).
Of course the Egg Perfect isn't actually perfect, despite the gushing testimonial in the linked advertisement. It can't be. Too much depends on the size and freshness of the egg. But it's astonishingly good, whereas this is completely useless. So if you're thinking of buying one, or if (like me) you've written off your Egg Perfect), beware of imitations. Especially cheap imitations. The photograph above shows it in my bin. R.I.P.
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