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Eight amazing egg gadgets

Aug 19, 2020

Whatever way you like your eggs, these nifty tools can make the job of cooking and eating them a whole lot easier…

Egg topper

Ever struggled to take the top off your boiled egg: half burning your fingers in the process? This handy, stainless steel topper removes the top with a simple scissor action without leaving pesky shell fragments. Buy from John Lewis.

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Egg poacher

Unless you have the cooking finesse of our lovely Chef Rachel Green, poaching eggs in hot water can be tricky. You often end up with whispy whites and an overcooked yolk. Silicone poaching pods keep the shape better and can be used in the oven. Buy from Lakeland or try Good Grips Egg Poachers from M&S.

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Microwave egg poacher

Want your eggs even quicker? Buy a microwaveable egg poacher for a perfect poach in minutes. We like this one from M&S.

Egg slicer

For perfectly sliced eggs for sandwiches and salads, an egg slicer is a simple but effective tool. No more cutting yourself as you balance the knife on a wet egg! Try this one from Lakeland.

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Egg cups

Give your eggs some legs with a perfect egg cup. We go potty for spotty, but we also love these boiled egg beauties from Not on the High Street and these cute bowl and cup combos from Rex London. Or how about a tiny egg pail from Wayfair?

Egg cupboard

We believe every Fairburn’s egg should have a place it can be shown off! A traditional egg cup cupboard is a great place to store eggs at room temperature before your cook them. We like this one from Lawsons.

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Egg timer

Which came first, the egg or the timer? We’re not sure – but we know we can’t live without one in the kitchen. How easy is it to get distracted half way through cooking only to discover you’ve got a rubbery yolk or a hard-boiled egg? We like the classic Eddington’s Perfect Egg Timer from John Lewis, but we also love these spotty ones from Jarrold. They can help with all sorts of tricky timings.

And finally, an egg cuber...

Why stick to oval when you could have square?! A great way to get kids to eat their egg sandwiches! Buy from Stuff for the Kitchen.






In the case of L J Fairburn and Son Limited it was the chicken! Fairburn's started farming in Alford in 1951 with just 150 chickens which Grandfather, Leslie James Fairburn bought for £150. Now one of the largest independent egg producers and packers in the UK the business has changed, but the family values haven't. Daniel Fairburn and his sisters Caroline and Sarah, are all passionate about making their enterprise fit for future generations, just like their father and grandfather before them.
Whilst the business has evolved, a commitment to family values, loyalty and business integrity, on which the business was originally built, has remained central. Daniel Fairburn, now the third generation of the family, with the support of sisters, Caroline and Sarah, are all part of the expansive team of more than 250 employees.
The family motto is ‘don’t ask anyone to do anything that you would not be prepared to do yourself.’ With all Directors having young families, sustainability of LJ Fairburn & Son Limited, as well as the British egg industry, is the number one focus for the Fairburn family.


To produce one egg, it takes a hen 24-26 hours! |In 2015 UK egg consumption was 12.2 million eggs. 3% up from 2014.| As a hen grows older she produces larger eggs.| The heaviest egg reported to have been laid by a hen is one of 454 g (16 oz) with a double yolk and double shell laid by a White Leghorn at Vineland, New Jersey, USA, on 25 February 1956.| Eggs contain large amounts of the antioxidants Lutein & Zeaxanthine which dramatically lower your risk of age-related eye disorders!| Yolk colour depends on the diet of the hen.| Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.| 7.2 million cases of eggs were packed in UK egg packing stations during the first quarter of 2016.| The UK laying flock in 2015 was 36 million!| Harriet the hen laid the world’s largest egg in 2010, measuring a hefty 9.1 inches in diameter!