> **Possible Duplicate:** > [How should I poach an egg?](http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/11/how-should-i-poach-an-egg) <!-- End of automatically inserted text --> How do you make a poached egg without it getting all messy when you break the egg into a pot of boiling water? I find that it is hard to get the egg to coagulate cleanly and evenly when making poached eggs. Someone suggested using balsamic vinegar which helps a little bit but the vinegar is messy in itself. I have also tried putting the egg into a special poached egg pod, but it is hard to get the egg out.