I recently had the opportunity to host a party sponsored by Tryazon and Brainstream to show off and demonstrate the Brainstream Singing Egg Timer.
It was a lot of fun to explore this product. The Singing Egg Timer is an egg shaped timer that you store in the fridge with your eggs (so it is the same temperature as your eggs.) You cook the egg timer with your eggs as you normally would. When the eggs are soft boiled, the timer will play the melody of the song Oh Susanna. When the eggs are medium boiled, the egg will play Take Me Out To The Ballgame. And when the eggs are hard boiled, the egg will play Hail Hail the Gangs All Here. The timer works using the internal temperature of the timer. The technology of this product makes it so the temperature of the timer matches the temperature of the eggs you are boiling. It's pretty neat.
Here is what I liked about the product:
*The eggs were properly cooked.
*It's easy to store.
*I had never heard of (or tasted) a medium boiled egg. Now I know what it is and what it tastes like. It was yummy!
*The tunes play a few times before moving on to the next song. That is nice in case you didn't hear it the first time.
*Oh Susanna and Take Me Out To The Ballgame are fun songs.
Here is what I didn't like about the product:
*I was disappointed that the SINGING egg timer didn't sing, but rather just played the notes in the melody of the songs.
*Maybe my ears are off, but it seemed like one of the notes in Take Me Out To The Ballgame was flat.
*There are two basic methods of boiling eggs (that I'm aware of). The first method is basically putting the eggs in water, bringing the water to a boil and boiling the eggs until they are cooked.. The second method involves putting eggs in water, bringing the water to a boil, covering the eggs with the pot lid, turning off the heat and letting the eggs sit until they are cooked. From what I have experienced and heard from television chefs, the second method is superior and results in eggs that aren't as rubbery. The second method is also easier in achieving a properly cooked egg and has less need for precise timing. Therefore, someone who knows how to cook eggs (like myself IMHO) doesn't have much need for this gadget. You just let the eggs sit in the hot water for about 12 minutes and if you let them sit several minutes longer, they will still be fine. (But if you prefer the literal boiling of eggs, this timer is really great!)
*If you are using the second method of cooking eggs that I mentioned above, the egg's tune is kind of quiet because the lid is on the pot. So it was kind of annoying to have to listen so carefully for the tunes.
*Hail Hail The Gangs All Here seems like an odd song choice to me.
Also sent with my egg timers were some Ines Rosales tortas - orange flavored and olive oil/sea salt flavored. I thought they were delicious - especially the orange ones. The olive oil and sea salt flavored ones took several bites to get used to. They seemed too salty on the first couple bites for some reason.
Anyway...it was fun to test out these products. Have a nice day!