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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi Gang ...

I need a circular ring about 1-inch or so deep that can be used for frying eggs, but I cannot think of what it's called Any ideas, suggestion where to get one? Ideally, it should not have a vertical hgandle, or it it has such a handle, a short one or one that can be folded down. An inverted aluminum tray will need to be placed over it a some oint during the cooking process.

I've worked up a recipe for a home version of the Egg McMuffin, and this thingy will come in very handy.

Thanks,

shel
post #2 of 21
They call them an egg-ring at the high-end cooking shop I go to occasionally.

A sufficiently large timbale ring would do it too.

Phil
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post #3 of 21
A biscuit cutter would work appropriately too. Just lightly grease the interior surface of the ring.
post #4 of 21
Muffin rings.
post #5 of 21
I went to the local muffler shop and asked for a 1' piece of 3" dia. Stainless steel exhaust tubing. I have a bandsaw so I just cut the piece into 2" deep pieces. If you do not have a bandsaw, get the muffler shop to do it, it will just cost a bit more. I also picked up some 5" sst tubing and did the same thing.

Make sure you give them a good cleaning before using for the first time.
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post #6 of 21
and if the shop cuts them for you, be sure and go to work on the edges with files and emory, or you'll be cutting the heck out of your fingers.

But you can avoid that by going to the King Arthur Flour site, and ordering their English muffin rings. They come four-up, are relatively inexpensive, and perfect for your need.

If you find yourself with an urge to actually make English muffins, order two packs, because the recipes make 8 muffins.
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post #7 of 21
I've heard of using a fastidiously clean (former) tuna fish can for this as well as for making homemade crumpets.
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post #8 of 21
I do the same with used small instant coffee cans - they're a bit tall but they do the trick. They do eggs well, are good for making stacks. Cheap too! And the edges aren't sharp either.
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post #9 of 21
Mezz and DC... great ideas!

Here's an interesting egg ring: Silicone Egg Ring by Trudeau

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post #10 of 21
Ateco makes cutter rings of all different sizes that would be perfect for that.
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post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanksfor the name of the "thingy." I'll check someocal stores and see what is offered. A tuna or similar can might work, although the ones I've seen lately only allow a can opener on one side, so openomg one up may be a problem. Running around to muffler shops doesn't make uuch sense to me at this point, but havig a couple of custom-sized thingys later on might be useful.

Gotta love all the ideas! Can't wit to make my first batch of McMuffins.

shel
post #12 of 21
Luc's silicone egg ring looks like a good bet to me.

Are you making your own English muffins too? they featured them in a recent King Arthur's catalogue.
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post #13 of 21
For me, being a purchaser for a metal fabrication shop makes me forget that some of my ideas are not so practical for the average consumer. But hey, if you ever need a mass qty. then that is a plauseable option.

Oh and by the way, if you are looking to purchase SST. exhaust tubing, make sure it is at least 304 or 316 (alloy numbers) as these types are non-ferrous stainless steel. Most food grade stainless is 316 but I do know that 403 is also acceptable.
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post #14 of 21
I was also going to suggest the cut-open can method. My dad taught me that one when I was a kid, and it works fine.

If you can't find tuna in an old-fashioned three-part can, try looking at small cans of pineapple, or imported foods that are in similarly sized cans (bamboo shoots or water chestnuts come to mind). A lot of those are still canned in the traditional three-part can rather than the extruded ones.

Be sure you remove the labels, and wash the can really well, especially the rim. And grease it before trying to cook eggs in it! (learned that one the hard way)

Good luck!
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post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
The silicone thingy looks interesting, but it also seems "unnatural" to me. But that's just brecause I have a prejudice against "newfangled" contraptions. I'm sure it would be just fine, but I much prefer the idea of cast iron or stainless steel.

No, I won't be making my own muffins. There are a couple of local bakeries that make extraordinary English muffins, just the type I like, so I can get 'em nice and fresh evry day. The broil or toast up nice and crispy, and have lots of nooks and crannies. They're bigger and more jearty than the regular store muffins, like Thomas and other local brands.

shel
post #16 of 21
i think its the same sort of ring you use to poach eggs as well, si? maybe check target or walmart for an egg poacher

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post #17 of 21
I found some silicone jello molds at a local dollar store, about 4" across at the top. I cut the bottom out and use these on my nonstick griddle so I can put more eggs on without them mixing together (plus they look nice and even).
post #18 of 21
C'mon Shel - need some follow up here - how go the McMuffins? :)
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post #19 of 21
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I didn't get the egg thingy yet, but instead improvised a form using aluminum foil. The trick is to sort of poach and fry the egg, so after putting th egg into the form, I added a little bit of water to the pan and covered the pan, giving a steamed/poached/fried result that turned out pretty well. Finalizing the design of the contraption wii, I think, help a little.

I toasted up one of the local bakery's wonderful and freshly-made sourdoug English muffins, giving a crispness to both sides of the muffin, and added a thickish slice (about 1/16th-inch plus) of very good quality, aged American cheddar, and layered that with an equally thisck, hand-sliced piece of Niman Ranch black forest ham.

The overall result was quite good, although next time I may crisp the muffin a little more and slice the cheese a little thinner to get a somewhat smoother melt. There's a fine line here between too much melt and not enough melt, in order to get just the precise texture and flavor I'm seeking. Overall, I'd give the result an 80% grade, which isn't bad for a first attempt. I'm also thinking of crisping the ham a little, or at least warming it a bit more.

I do believe the humble egg mcmuffin can be elevated by the home cook to something far more tasty and interesting than the McDonald's version.

shel
post #20 of 21
let's generalize that statement Shel:
"I do believe the <enter name of fast food item here> can be elevated by the home cook to something far more tasty and interesting than the <enter fast food chain name here>'s version.

I would add: healthier, more nutritious, more filling and less addictive.

Luc H.
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post #21 of 21
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I'd agree with that assessment completely.

As a parenthetical aside, the idea to make this egg mcmuffin actually came from the creator of the egg mcmuffin. I saw a show about MdDonalds on the TVn which the creator of the item was interviewed and discussed how he "invented" the McMuffin and the way he cooked it. That got the wheels turning and motivated me to make a better McMuffin. BTW, if I recall correctly, the egg mcmuffin is one of the healthier items on the McDonald's menu to begin with.

shel
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