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January 28, 2010 9:21 AM   Subscribe

Egg Watchers: Egg Timer 2.0 A cute little web interface serves you a YouTube video based on how done you want your boiled egg, its size, and whether it's just out of the fridge. The length of the video is the length of the boil. No more watched pots!
posted by OmieWise (25 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I wish it would say the name of the videos. I got a weird clayimation Japanese zombie thing with mine.
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:35 AM on January 28, 2010


And what will happen when this 'cute little web interface' falls into the hands of the breakfasting jihadis?
posted by grounded at 9:35 AM on January 28, 2010


Anyone know the name of said video, BTW? I'd kind of like to know who made it.
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:40 AM on January 28, 2010


This would be perfect to use on the iPad in the kitchen. It really is magical!
posted by bondcliff at 9:58 AM on January 28, 2010


genius. that is all. i got a 7 minute drum solo. also genius. 2 for 1!
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 9:59 AM on January 28, 2010


You should be able to click on the video and it'll open up its youtube page.
posted by stavrogin at 10:11 AM on January 28, 2010


Here it is.
posted by stavrogin at 10:16 AM on January 28, 2010


Ah, the bottom right corner was a link. Thanks, Stavrogin.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:16 AM on January 28, 2010


Hmmm...

WHAT KIND OF EGGS YOU LIKE?

WHAT KIND OF EGGS YOU LIKE?
WHAT KIND OF EGGS YOU LIKE?

GO! GO! GO! GO!
posted by orville sash at 10:18 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


I fixed up an old laptop to use as the "kitchen computer," bolted to the railing above the butcher block, and it's been nothing but invaluable so far; this makes it invaluable +1 and will also solve a running debate between my wife and I regarding whether you add the egg to boiling water, or bring the water to boil with the egg already in it.
posted by Shepherd at 10:27 AM on January 28, 2010


Copyright © 2002 C. Roast Beef Kazenzakis, with thanks to Prof. R.M. Johnson
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 10:38 AM on January 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


No, no, no: you're doing it wrong. This is a recipe for cracked shells and green yolks.

You take the eggs from the fridge, place them in a pot of cold water, put them on the stove on medium high heat. When the water is just to a boil, turn off the heat, cover the pot and set the timer for 9 minutes.

When the timer goes off, put the pot in the sink and run cold water over them. Crack and peel.

This gives you a my perfect boiled egg. You can adjust the time to make them a bit more soft or firm.
posted by letitrain at 10:42 AM on January 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


Getting the Look Around You: Water was particularly meta
posted by The Whelk at 10:48 AM on January 28, 2010


Blocked by the company websense proxy as 'gambling'

In my home country I had nothing, in America I have hot dog stand. And you can bet on eggs cooking. WHAT A COUNTRY!
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 10:48 AM on January 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, blocked as "gambling" here, too. I thought that was annoyingly appropriate. Or appropriately annoying.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:34 PM on January 28, 2010


My video had a bloody claymation woman barfing out her organs. Now that I've lost my appetite, what I am supposed to do with this boiled egg?
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:50 PM on January 28, 2010


My video had a bloody claymation woman barfing out her organs. Now that I've lost my appetite, what I am supposed to do with this boiled egg?

I got that one too. It must be picking from a short list.
posted by clarknova at 1:13 PM on January 28, 2010


Yeah, it seems like for a given combination of parameters it's always the same video (at least from brief testing). Still, this is a cute idea, I'm positive they could find more videos of exactly the right length (although it would be helpful if you could search YT videos by length more exactly, right now I'm not sure of the most efficient way to do this with external tools).
posted by wildcrdj at 1:24 PM on January 28, 2010


They didn't ask about altitude.
posted by dirigibleman at 1:48 PM on January 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Before this discussion gets sidetracked about the proper way to boil an egg, I'll just point everyone to the most in-depth coverage of the topic I've ever seen. Should be all you need to make your eggs perfect, however you like them.
posted by evilangela at 2:20 PM on January 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


I got David Attenborough talking about whales. Nothing new, but still fun to watch. "Squidgy" though? What's that all about?
posted by Democritus at 4:08 PM on January 28, 2010


They didn't ask about altitude.
posted by dirigibleman at 1:48 PM on January 28

As if you would know.
posted by yesster at 4:17 PM on January 28, 2010


Squidgy: a yolk that's firm on the outside but still a bit runny on the inside. Not too dry, but not letting yolk run all over your plate/toast/salad either.
posted by harriet vane at 11:34 PM on January 28, 2010


Squidgy: somewhere between the 4th and 5th eggs in the picture in that Food Lab link posted by evilangela.
posted by harriet vane at 11:37 PM on January 28, 2010


And I have to say -- while the 6 minute long improvised percussion performance was wonderful, I don't believe it would give me the perfect egg. I'm with Letitrain -- you put the cold egg in cold water, bring the water to a boil, take it off the heat and *then* set the timer.

Three minutes does the perfect runny-yolked egg for me.
posted by jrochest at 1:04 PM on January 29, 2010


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