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Hard boiled eggs are not that difficult to make... put some eggs in a pot of water, boil the eggs for about 10 minutes, rinse, and peel. Apparently, though, this recipe is beyond the abilities of a number of "cooks" (and we use that word loosely) interning at the RainyDayKitchen.

With the Egg&Muffin toaster's "hard boiled egg" feature, not only don't you have to hang around waiting for the water boil, you don't even have to know HOW to boil water to make great hard boiled eggs.  Read on to find out how!

To cook four eggs (max capacity) only 6 tbs of water was needed.  The "steaming" tray/egg holder was placed on top of the water tray and the eggs into the 4 holes.

To prevent the eggs from "exploding" during the steaming process, the BackToBasics folks provided a "piercing" tool, located at the bottom of the water measuring cup.

The tool made it very easy to poke a hole at the bottom of the eggs... a surprisingly difficult task to perform without this tool!

Once the clear plastic cover was placed over the eggs, we were ready to start the process.  To activate just the steaming component of the toaster, we pressed just the "Egg" button. 

The red indicator light lit and in a few seconds, steam perfused the chamber.  At this point, we were able to walk away and let the Egg&Muffin Toaster do its thing.

We came back about 30 minutes later and the eggs were already done.  It may have been done sooner, but we were watching the folks at the RainyDayGarage swap out the summer tires for winter ones.  One of the eggs had a crack, but nothing leaked out... so we were pretty sure they had been cooked.  

We took the eggs out and placed them in a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes, peeled off the shell, and checked the egg for "hard boiled-ness".  The eggs were perfectly hard boiled. 

The foolproof feature of the Egg&Muffin Toaster is one of the simplest way we have found to make a few hard boild eggs for egg salad!


Back To Basics

Egg & Muffin Toaster

By Wan Chi Lau

The egg, sausage, and toast trio has been a breakfast staple for generations.  With today's go-go-go lifestyle, sometimes it just takes too long to make a hearty breakfast.

BackToBasics has created a toaster for egg and muffin sandwich lovers to create the sandwich quickly and easily.

We at RainyDayKitchen got our hands on one.  We took a look at its basic features in the FirstLook review. We made some sandwiches and told you about its performance in the FirstUse report.

In this article, we are going to test out the "hard boiled egg" feature.  You can actually make "soft boiled" eggs but they are not very good for making egg salad :-)


1. First Look

2. First Use

3. HardBoiled Eggs

4. In The Wild Report


Review Summary:

Initial Impression- Tasty

Usability- 6 minutes

Durability- test in progress

Price- $50


NOTE: Be sure remove all the sticky labels and wash all of the pieces before using it for the first time. 

Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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