Unitasker Wednesday: Piercey the egg piercer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Since we started the Unitasker feature, the egg has been responsible for many of the products featured. Who knew preparing an egg was so tricky? I’m not very useful in the kitchen, but I can manage to prepare a few things and one of those things is a hard boiled egg. I even manage to get it prepared without cracking it! Apparently, cracking hard boiled eggs is a problem for some folks so someone decided to invent the Piercey Egg Piercer.

The Piercey Egg Piercer promises to keep your hard boiled egg crack-free by piercing a pin sized hole in the large end of the egg with deadly precision. Yeah, you could probably try to pierce the egg yourself, but you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the friendly face that Piercey has. Piercey will make your hard boiled egg preparation easy and friendly. (Woah, there is even a competing product to Piercey!)

Thanks to reader Wesa for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

37 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Piercey the egg piercer”

  1. posted by Rue on

    Piercey is awfully cute though! Looks like he’s made by the same people who made the egg flipper and the one-egg frying pan. :)

  2. posted by becoming minimalist on

    i can’t help but assume my two-year old would love the pretty colors and funny name. she’d probably want to play with it. luckily, that wouldn’t be necessary… she can cook a hard-boiled egg without cracking it already too.

  3. posted by Sue on

    Each time I go to the local GoodWill store, I see at least 4 aisles of such Unitaskers. I am sure last Friday, I was thought to be the local loonie, because I was standing there giggling at–not one–but TWO S’more Makers! LOL!

  4. posted by Karen in Wichita on

    Those are kind of outdated: grocery-store eggs aren’t fresh enough for the shell to stick to the white like they do on fresh-laid eggs, so you don’t usually need to pierce them before boiling.

    I did not know this until we got some Khaki Campbell ducks for our backyard (Sue, you think people think YOU’RE loony?) and just a couple weeks ago discovered that hardboiled fresh eggs don’t peel. Or rather, they do, but you end up with a tiny hardboiled egg and an eighth-to-quarter-inch layer of white welded to the shell.

    I hit the Internet for answers and discovered that that’s what egg piercers do: let air in so the white separates. Your grocery-store eggs have dried out just enough that that’s happened naturally. But if you get fresh eggs from a farmer’s market (or from a loony duck- or chicken-keeping neighbor), and you make a lot of hardboiled eggs, this might be worthwhile.

    I don’t hardboil eggs often enough or in quantity, so I’ll stick with carefully using a needle. Slightly more time-consuming, but I don’t expect to do it that often, or for many eggs at a time.

    But I bet my mother-in-law, who used to have sixty-some layers (on a proper farm, not a 1/6 acre yard like me) and who still makes deviled eggs by the truckload, has one or used to. As, I’m sure, almost everyone did back when fresh eggs were the norm.

  5. posted by Karen in Wichita on

    Oh, and on rereading the article: you pierce the egg *before* you cook it, not as a start to cracking/peeling it afterward. But I bet 99% of the people who buy this gizmo don’t know that either.

  6. posted by QuiteLight on

    Sorry, I’m actually looking for one of these! My Mom had one, I used it, and it is an improvement on the easily lost or stolen (cats) thumbtacks I usually use.

  7. posted by Mike on

    Well, they’re pretty commonplace items in Germany, or at least they were in the 70s and 80s. Not that many cutesy versions that I’m aware of, but piercing an egg shell to prevent presure build-up sounds useful enough and there aren’t that many needle-like objects in a kitchen.

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eierstecher

  8. posted by Shay on

    Haha – one thing I love about this column is the realization of how many different ways there are to do things.

    This is a unitasker I grew up with, and so one I bought for myself pretty quickly when setting up my own kitchen. When I saw this article, my first thought was, “Well how ELSE do you pierce an egg?” and of course I had to click through to read the comments.

    Oh well – at least it doesn’t take up much space!

  9. posted by annie on

    OK, I usually am annoyed by typo police, but the word is spelled WHOA. I guess I just hit my limit on seeing it spelled as woah.

  10. posted by tabatha on

    my mom used to pierce both ends of the egg and then blow out the egg and use the empty shells to make blown eggs. so this might actually be handy for someone into doing crafty stuff like that http://www.holidaycrafter.com/article1109.html

  11. posted by Melinda on

    I actually own and use this unitaskter, albeit in its generic form and not with the cute little face on it.

    Karen, having ducks in your backyard is cool! I’m in the city, so it would be tough here.

  12. posted by Fit Bottomed Girls on

    Okay, this product is ridiculous and I’d never buy it or use it, but it is pretty cute. You have to give it that. ;)

  13. posted by mark on

    i’m with shay on this, as i grew up with an egg piercer. i’ll try to do without on sunday ;)

  14. posted by Jeanne Thelwell on

    I always pierce my eggs before boiling. I’ve used thumbtacks, needles, pushpins, etc. I’ve had one of these — and I’m frankly looking for another one. Needles have a bad habit of puncturing my finger, slipping to the floor, or just being hard to find. These things and pushpins (which get lost) are the best, especially if you boil many eggs at the same time. For instance, I do a dozen each week; this is a lot faster than the pushpin. Not necessary, but it takes up very little space.

  15. posted by rosie_kate on

    I pierce my eggs because I use fresh ones from my chickens (but even then, they don’t always peel well). But I just use a safety pin…

  16. posted by Bex! on

    Whatever happened to simply putting eggs in ice water before peeling so taht the egg shrinks away form the shell? That’s what my recent Bon Appetitie suggests. No extra/special tools neeeded.

  17. posted by April E on

    OK, call me stupid, but if you pierce the egg before you boil it, doesn’t the uncooked egg come running out of the hole?

  18. posted by Robbo on

    The comments in the Unitasker posting would be so much more fun if you left out the “this is a joke” disclaimer. Does no one get irony anymore?

  19. posted by Leslie in Canada on

    Oh no–my wife brought home one of these yesterday! She complained that she was always misplacing the tacks or pins to pierce the egg and go this to match the little frying pan and egg timers with the chicken face on them. Most Unitaskers are dumb but this doesn’t take up much space, is cute and works fine.

  20. posted by Kersti on

    Cool – I’ve been looking for one of these! My mum used to pierce eggs before boiling to stop them cracking while cooking. I’ve had just enough cracked eggs to be on the hunt for a piercer that’s safe and easy to use.

  21. Profile photo of Erin Doland

    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Robbo — If we don’t put the disclaimer my inbox is filled with hate mail from readers asking us why we are promoting a cluttered lifestyle. Honestly, we didn’t use to have a disclaimer and we would receive hundreds of e-mails. Even with the disclaimer I still received about five a week.

    @annie — According to a couple of dictionaries, both spellings are appropriate. Here’s an online example: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/woah

  22. posted by Peregrin on

    @April E: I don’t have an egg piercer, but I assume it makes a small enough hole that the uncooked egg wouldn’t be able to leak out.

    I might actually try something like this (with a thumbtack first, so I don’t have spend any money on a new gadget). I buy my eggs from Whole Foods and frequently have difficulty peeling them when they’re hard-boiled.

  23. posted by Sue on

    I work with an ex-chicken farmer, and he says the secret to preventing the white from sticking is to use old eggs. If you’re using fresh eggs, leave them out overnight. No piercing necessary.

  24. posted by Alice on

    I eat two boiled eggs every day (favourite food!) and I don’t like them as much when they crack while boiling – those ones get given to the dog. They were cracking perhaps once or twice a fortnight. I was given one of these egg piercers (without the stupid “cute” face), and I LOVE it. I haven’t had a cracked egg since. It’s small, it works perfectly, it’s easy to use, and it sits under the egg cup in the cupboard so it takes up no extra space.

    A unitasker isn’t a bad thing if it’s frequently useful.

    @April E: The hole is very small so nothing comes out.

  25. posted by Plaid Ninja on

    Forget the fact that this is a unitasker or a POS. I refuse to buy anything that looks as though its ** my food.

  26. posted by Katrina on

    The little frying pan that company makes with the eggy guy on them are DEATH TRAPS! Ok maybe not death. But, while the size is convenient, its not very good quality so heat travels to the handle (& plastic eggy guy) easily, AND the handle is much closer to the burner than on most pans. Its impossible to use without an oven mit, but clumsy to use with an oven mit. Don’t be tempted by how cute he is!

  27. posted by Jacquie on

    My dad had one of these, and when I was looking after him until he passed away I needed to use it so I could get the exact timing for the way he liked his eggs cooked. At home I don’t need to.
    The difference is that he insisted that I stored his eggs in the fridge and that they went straight into boiling water. At home I keep my eggs at room temperature and put them in cold water, bring it to the boil and cook for a shorter time.
    The hole is tiny so nothing leaks out and it has nothing at all to do with how well the egg will peel after cooking. As someone else said, that depends on how fresh the eggs are.
    Very fresh eggs also make the best poached ones if you do them in water not a little dish, as the whites are very thick so they don’t spread as much.

  28. posted by Siouxsie on

    I suspect that every unitasker you post will have some diehard fans or at least a few inquisitive wannabuys. I have been using a thumbtack for a few years now as we used to have a good batch of laying hens and the fresh eggs were norm. Yep, that thumbtack always found its way out of the assigned drawer and I never seemed to have ample supply to replace it…so this would indeed be a helpful little gadget in my household. Though sadly, I’m buying old store eggs that I don’t know what went into. When boiling I poke them anyway out of habit. I will add, it’s far from looney to have your own ducks or hens – self sufficiency is awesome – though you may very well feel it sometimes in tending to those quirky birds =)

  29. posted by Christina on

    I think the real question is, is owning your own ducks and chickens a unitasker as well? I mean, they are only good for eggs unless you are eating the birds themselves as well.

    (and yes, I am joking)

  30. posted by mhb on

    HAHA at Christina above.

    I’m still stuck in the city so haven’t needed this yet, but we’re planning to have our own laying birds some day so maybe I’ll need to pierce the eggs when they’re fresher.

    I usually go to UW for a laugh, but today I learned something, too. Bonus!

  31. posted by gayle on

    I never knew there was a solution to cracked eggs. I just try to keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook. I thought it was my poor cooking skills!!

    Now I have to try this.

  32. posted by K on

    Until today I had no idea that such a thing exists. Thank you. :-)

    As for the whoa/woah spelling, I do understand that you’re referencing the wiktionary, but I’d like to refer you to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which gives only the whoa spelling, and not the woah spelling. Wiktionary, while it is a useful tool many times, is still written/edited by the public at large, whereas the Merriam-Webster dictionary is written/edited by a professional staff who are paid to do one thing: to write/edit the dictionary.

    And since I’m here harping away on spellings, can I also talk about viola/voila? The viola is a musical instrument, slightly larger than a violin. And just like the violin, its first three letters are v-i-o. Voila, on the other hand, is neither a musical instrument nor spelled with the “i” before the “o.” It’s not walla, it’s not vwalla, and it’s certainly not viola.

    (Okay, I’ll shut up now… thank you for letting me get this out.)

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @K — As a former English teacher, I actually think that the Wiktionary is a better place to go. A dictionary is a recording of words as people use them, it isn’t a law book that dictates how to spell words. Language is a living organism, it changes. The Wiktionary is great because it records usage as it happens. A print dictionary takes years to catch up with trends.

  34. posted by Karen in Wichita on

    Melinda: I live in the city too. It’s not actually that tough, as long as you have *some* yard (and city codes that allow it). If you’re doing it on a seventh-floor apartment balcony, I don’t think it’ll work.

    And Christina: Even if you don’t eat them, they’re not necessarily unitaskers. They’re pest control, fertilizer producers, *and* they keep the lawn mown pretty effectively.

  35. posted by Jeanne Thelwell on

    You don’t pierce the egg to make it easy to peel, you pierce it to keep it from cracking and dribbling out. The hole goes into the air pocket in the egg, to release the air as it heats. The membrane that separates the egg from the pocket keeps the egg from running out.

    To make it easy to peel, you put it in cold water after cooking.

  36. posted by Dinamo on

    I remmember one Easter my granfather wanted to paint on egg shells and he had to pierce the egg and then blow everything out so only the shell remained. Apparently the hole wasn’t big enough, so he turned green and nearly fainted but the damn thing just wouldn’t come out. Grandma had quite a few entertainigh things to say about that.
    I now wander if this egg piercer wouldn’t have done the trick?

  37. posted by Jennifer on

    I got one as a gift and couldn’t find on the package if I’m supposed to pierce before or after cooking. I don’t like boiled eggs. But I was intrigued. Thanks for letting me know to pierce before.

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