UK’S MOST ‘EGG-CENTRIC’ FARMER REVEALS CRACKING INVENTION
It takes the work out of breakfast, serves up the perfect poached egg every day and saves 76 days of cooking time
The UK’s most ‘egg-centric’ farmer has revealed his cracking invention, which takes the work out of breakfast by creating the perfect poached egg every time at the push of a button. Passionate farmer for the happy egg co., Philip from Lincolnshire, has gone to great lengths to create his genius breakfast machine after considering how much time he has spent over the years trying to achieve the perfect poached egg as part of his breakfast routine.
Farmer Phil has calculated that his egg cooking habit has cost him approximately 1825 hours or 76 days over the course of his lifetime, a staggering amount of valuable time that he would rather spend on his farm taking care of his beloved girls. Keen to find a way to win back some precious time, the inspiration for the cracking invention was born.
Commenting on his creation, Phil said: “It’s been a labour of love that kept me away from my girls longer than I would have liked this summer (the machine took almost 800 hours to make) but I’m already reaping the benefit and I wanted it ready in time for the shorter winter days”.
“The machine really does make the perfect poached egg every time and if you are very particular like I am, it takes away the daily frustration of slightly under or overdone eggs. The eggs are timed to precision for 162 seconds”.
The 8ft by 5ft machine is made from welded steel, copper and aluminium with 13 DC motors, servos and gears all controlled by eight microprocessors. At the press of a button a wheel is triggered, pumping water through a tube and into a brass galley where the egg sits. The water flows down the gulley carrying the egg into a crane which then drops it into a pan of water. When the water reaches the perfect level it switches on a pump, changing gear of the motor and powering the cog construction to turn the gas on and heat the water. The basket is then triggered to swing and drop the egg down an open pipe. Once it reaches the end of the pipe it is picked up by a crane, cracked and dropped into boiling water from a perfect height. Once the egg is ready, a sieve is triggered to pick it up from its pan and placed on a plate.
Phil admitted taking inspiration for the design from his childhood favourite films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Wallace and Gromit, “Growing up on a farm I always had a knack for making things and my wife’s been calling me Wallace for years. As a kid I was always repairing machinery and working on tractor motors so really the cracking invention is just one of many contraptions and I’m sure it won’t be the last invention I have up my sleeve”.