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12/01/04

Does It Work? Wednesday--The Eggstractor

Looking for a good Christmas present for the cook in your family? You may have heard of something called the Eggstractor. It's supposed to make peeling eggs easier. But does it really work? We put it to the test.

There are several popular sandwiches at Larry's Subs. Topping off the list, the egg salad sandwich.

"We go through probably three, four pounds a day," said owner Jerome Farris.

He's made too many egg salad sandwiches to count, so we thought he'd be the perfect tester for the Eggstractor. It claims to make peeling eggs faster and easier.

We asked one of Larry's customer to give us a hand and peel an egg. We timed him--it took about 14 seconds. But, would that beat Jerome and the Eggstractor?

Here's how the Eggstractor is supposed to work. You put a hole in the top of the egg by using a piercer located on the base of the device. Then, you crack the bottom of the egg on the counter and you place the egg on the base, small hole facing up.

"I'm a bit skeptical, but I'm willing to give it a try," Jerome told us.

Jerome wanted to familiarize himself with the new gadget before we actually timed him. He had a few problems getting started, but when he got the hang of it, the Eggstractor worked. From start to finish it, it took him 14 seconds, the exact same amount of time it took the customer to peel his egg by hand.

Even though it's a cool device, Jerome says it's just not worth his time. "I just think it's too much to do for such a simple project."

Instead, he says he'll continue to cook and crack eggs the old-fashioned way.

We found the Eggstractor at Walgreen's for $9.99.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, ddenmark@wtoc.com

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