Student-age generation wants help boiling eggsSurvey finds half would buy a special device

18 August 2006

 

food self timing egg

The self-timing egg

Here's some fuel for the long-standing rumour that many students don't even know how to boil an egg.

Just over half of 18- to 24-year-olds in a recent Which? survey said they would shell out on a gadget to help them do exactly that.

In recent weeks, boffins have been lining up to claim they’ve come up with an invention that makes it easier to cook the perfect boiled egg. 

Eggxactly

James Seddon hit the headlines after his invention, the Eggxactly cooker, was featured on BBC2 programme Dragons’ Den. The gadget heats an egg without using water and is expected to be sold for around £20.

Meanwhile, student Ben Harris created the ‘Perfegg’ - a device that lets an egg white set but keeps the yolk runny regardless of egg size.

We asked 1,067 adults whether they would buy one of the devices. Around 40 per cent said they would; 48 per cent wouldn’t and 12 per cent were undecided.

But among those aged 18 to 24, the number willing to buy one was much higher - 51 per cent.

Self-timing eggs

Further help is at hand for this generation from Lion Quality Eggs.

The quality assurance scheme recently announced it had developed an invisible-ink logo which appears in black on the shell when the egg is done (see picture, above). There will be three different versions of the logo, showing when the egg is soft-, medium- or hard-boiled.

The self-timing eggs should be available in shops within the next few months and Lion Quality Eggs says they won’t cost any more than normal eggs.

A spokeswoman said the project was launched in response to a large volume of queries from people asking how to boil eggs properly.