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Do Americans use egg-cups?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by ice dance, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. ice dance

    ice dance Member

    My sister will be going to the US in a few months, and we are doing some research on American culture and etiquette. We read today that most Americans don't use egg-cups when they eat boiled eggs. Is this true?
  2. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    i have egg cups. however, i hate eggs. but if i made one, i probably wouldnt bother with the egg cup. a bowl would be easier. though to answer your question, most people i know dont seem to have egg cups.
  3. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

    Nope....we don't. I had to even think what they were. LOL!
  4. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    I've seen them before, but I'd consider them pretty "old fashioned" these days. I can't think of anyone but my 83 year old mom who has ever eats a soft-boiled egg (and she did it only very rarely.)
  5. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins Well-Known Member

    I do like eggs, especially poached/soft boiled and using egg cups in Germany made quite an impression on me, but...

    I've never been served eggs in egg cups in someone else's house in the US. I loved using them when I was an exchange student in Germany and I inherited two wooden egg cups, but I rarely use them. The wood doesn't seem sanitary to me and they have to be hand-washed. (Love being able to toss stuff into the dishwasher!) Scooping the egg itself into a bowl is usually my method.

    Hard-boiled eggs usually end up diced as egg salad or shelled and served, sliced, with salt & pepper.

    Most people will choose poached or fried eggs at breakfast, so it's not on many menus when you eat out.
    I'm not sure what would happen at a breakfast restaurant if you ordered a soft-boiled egg. Where I live, they would probably get confused or say they couldn't boil an egg. These are the same people who can't believe that iced tea doesn't come pre-sweetened, lol.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  6. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

    I think you would have a hard time getting a soft-boiled egg. But no, I have never used an egg cup. I rarely eat eggs though so I am not a good judge on the use of them
  7. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    My mother is from Scotland so we used them when I growing up, but now we don't even eat soft boiled eggs so I have no idea where they are.

    Hard boiled eggs are for egg salad, deviled eggs, slicing into a salad, or eating while you are running out the door to work.
  8. Sassafras

    Sassafras Well-Known Member

    I have a pair of egg cups from Arabia in Finland. They have the logo of the 1999 World Figure Skating Championships on them. Never have used them for soft boiled eggs, but I had some egg shaped candles that fit in them nicely!
  9. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    My brother-in-law, who has spent quite a few years in the U.K., sometimes uses an egg cup, but he is just about the only person I know who does. In fact, he is just about the only person I know who eats soft-boiled eggs. I haven't had a soft-boiled egg since I was 5 years old and my mother forced me to eat one that still had a runny white. :scream:
    My gagging it up onto the breakfast table guaranteed that she never did so again.
  10. Patsy

    Patsy Active Member

    Used them as a kid but I don't have a clue where those china egg cups ended up. I'd suspect if they're eating breakfast out that a poached egg would be the closest choice.

    I've always served soft boiled eggs on torn-up toast in a bowl, so need for a cup.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
  11. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen a soft-boiled egg in at least twenty-five years. We do poached eggs at home, but not soft-boiled. My grandmother had a set of egg cups, and I can remember her using them, but that was a long time past.
  12. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins Well-Known Member

    I think the fear of salmonella poisoning from egg yolks drove people away from the soft-boiled eggs in the US. That's probably why it's not on menus. I know when I order sunnyside-up fried eggs, I get strange looks and they always offer to make them "over easy." Probably makes the staff uneasy to serve undercooked (in their opinion) food.

    Plus, yolks are a main source of the egg's fat content, so weight watchers order egg-white omelets.
  13. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

    I have egg cups. I eat soft boiled eggs all the time. I also love sunnyside eggs. I have yet to get salmonella from it. lol!!! But then I live in Canada... I have only ever eaten scrambled down in the US and never really thought of why?? :lol:

    Now chicken itself is a whole other story... and better left undiscussed. :yikes:
  14. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

    Well, yes we have them and we have used them. And I do order soft boiled eggs in restaurants, but it's only in a high end hotel will you be served softboiled eggs in an egg cup. It's one of those things that if you like them, you're kind of picky about them, so it's easier to not order them in a restaurant.

    And I find it easier to just serve soft boiled eggs in a bowl or cutting them in half and spooning them out on toast.
  15. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

    I've never used an egg cup or had a soft-boiled egg. I don't think soft-boiled eggs are very popluar here. But l love poached eggs.
  16. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member

    Don't know about Americans but this Canadian does.

    Every morning.
  17. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    I use egg cups, but then again I'm of European descent :cool:

    Americans have a bit of a phobia about cooking their eggs, so soft boiled eggs are rare, and hard boiled eggs don't require a cup. I've been in many hotels and had room serviced delivered where my egg is rolling around on a big plate. :lol:

    Also, because eggs are a bit out of fashion, the accompanying tableware is not as popular anymore - kind of like ashtrays.
  18. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    Another person who does poached and not soft boiled. For me, it's practical, as I like to dip the toast into the yolk. Much easier to do on a plate!
  19. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    My dad loved soft boiled eggs for breakfast (also Canadian). Used the egg timer, too! Now THAT'S a blast from the past! (Probably worth something these days like so many things from my childhood like lunchboxes, etc.)
  20. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    Ignorant American checking in. Before reading this thread, I'd never heard of soft-boiled eggs. To further show my ignorance, I remember a drunken conversation where some of my erudite friends and I discussed how it should just be "boiled" eggs because you can't soft boil an egg! :slinkaway

    I think it's two things: a) Americans are funny about how things are cooked, and b) beyond that, a lot of us genuinely don't like eggs. I will eat them if they are covered in at least two kinds of cheeses, sausage, mushrooms and/or tomatos to drown out the egg taste if I absolutely must, but it's not something I'd ever order. In fact, it would be harder for me to think of someone I know besides my father who does like eggs.
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  21. mag

    mag Well-Known Member

    I have egg cups and eat soft boiled eggs (but I live in Canada.) I have always been of the understanding that soft cooked is okay with Canadian eggs but not with American eggs. Not sure why, just one of those bits of random information taking up valuable brain space!

    skatemommy, we still use lunch boxes in my house .... obviously I'm seriously behind the times!
  22. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    Soft-boiled eggs are disgusting :scream: I love eggs in many other forms, like scrambled, hard-boiled, omlets, quiche, etc, though.

    But I do own an egg cup ... for storing my rings.
  23. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    Are you sure you aren't thinking about Canadian bacon? :D

    The original metal "Archies" lunchbox with matching glass thermos is worth $800-1000!
  24. KikiSashaFan

    KikiSashaFan Well-Known Member

    Me too. I had one growning up that was a Humpty Dumpty body and would always draw a face on the egg before I broke him open.
  25. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Past Prancer's Corridor

    If that is true, then a lot of us must be making up for those who do NOT like eggs because more than 70 billion eggs were eaten in the U.S. in 2000 which means more than 200 per capita/year. I suppose a good portion of those were eggs cleverly disguising so those eating them were unaware. :lol: More than you would ever want to know about egg consumption in the U.S. is in this report.

    It might be that Canadian eggs are produced under better conditions -- i.e., not in humongous and often unsanitary (and inhumane) egg "factories" which are all too common in the U.S. :mad:
  26. FigureSpins

    FigureSpins Well-Known Member

    Even the USDA has recommended against eating uncooked eggs because of potential salmonella contamination. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Focus_On_Shell_Eggs/index.asp#3

    The giant egg farms that didn't sanitize or care for their livestock properly made salmonella contamination very common. That's why most pre-1970 recipes for Chocolate Mousse use egg whites, but more modern ones use meringue powder or whipping cream.

    Canadian producers weren't affected. I guess your chicken coops are cleaner!

    Steak Tartare (a dish with raw beef with raw egg) used to be popular prior to the 1970's too, when food safety became a priority. You can only find it on high-end restaurant menus now and they use Kobe beef with organic "Salmonella free" eggs.

    DH and I like eggs, but the kids hate them. Easter-we usually decorate blown eggs, because I'm the only one who really eats hard-boiled eggs. DH likes fried, poached or boiled and the kids might nibble on a hard-boiled egg, but they just do it for the salt on the outside, lol.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  27. Tinami Amori

    Tinami Amori Well-Known Member

    I reside in USA, but was born in Russia. I have egg-cups, use them often, usually buy mine in Delft, 12 at a time, and they last me and my family for 2-3 years.

    I love half-boiled eggs.

    Still enjoy eating them, one day i put the sharp tip up, another day the obtuse tip up, and go in my thoughts to Gulliver Travels, wondering what argument I would make to the opposition for using sharp or obtuse egg-tip today.
  28. jen_faith

    jen_faith Well-Known Member

    Canadian here but have been living in US for a long time. We grew up with egg cups and still sometimes use them, but we don't eat soft-boiled eggs very often.
  29. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    No, it's because eggs are gross and are only useful as vehicles for stuff that is tasty.
  30. susan6

    susan6 Well-Known Member

    I think soft-boiled eggs have gone out of fashion in the US (possibly due to the safety regulations previously mentioned). My grandmother had a set of egg-cups and ate soft boiled eggs often; my mom didn't have the egg-cups and would occasionally soft boil an egg for us; and I had to look up the proper way to soft boil an egg since I never do it.

    They are tasty, but scrambled is just so much easier for me to make.