CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Do you like hardboiled eggs? If you do, you probably hate peeling them. An As Seen on TV product called Eggstractor claims to pop out perfectly peeled eggs 10 times faster and easier than by hand, but Does it Work?
Toni Eftink of Cape Girardeau agreed to help us test out these "eggstraordinary" claims.
"It looks almost too good to be true, but I'm hoping it works," said Eftink.
When she opened the box, Eftink was immediately confronted with a warning that said "STOP read before use."
We read the directions and got cracking, but skipped over one important detail. The instruction say to boil your eggs and immediately place them in ice water to cool for no less than 10 minutes. Eftink had boiled and refrigerated a dozen eggs the night before. We didn't think it would make a big difference, but we were wrong.
Eftink could not get an egg to even go through the Eggstractor – with or without its shell at first.
"This is a workout," she said. "And still no egg."
There is a rather lengthy list of troubleshooting possibilities to help you become an "eggspert" Eggstractor, and we tried every suggestion but still didn't have any luck Eggstracting the eggs from their shells.
We left Eftink when she'd come to the conclusion that Eggstractor wasn't all it was cracked up to be. She gave the product zero out of five stars.
Later we spotted a detail on the instructions that we missed at Eftink's house. The instruction manual says:
Since Eftink refrigerated her eggs, we wanted to give Eggstractor a fair crack at success.
We boiled a half-dozen eggs for 8 minutes and cooled them immediately in ice water for 10 minutes - then tried out Eggstractor again.
Eggstractor definitely worked better with the improved eggs, but still didn't deliver perfectly peeled eggs every time, or ever. Of the 18 eggs we tested on Eggstractor, not a single one came completely out of its shell.
We give Eggstractor 3 stars on this Does It Work Test.
We purchased Eggstractor at Dollar General for $15.