Rollie Egg Dog Maker
Product DescriptionSomething about the cylindrical results of the Rollie Eggmaster cooking system makes me a little uncomfortable. Is it that the tube of eggs looks too artificial? Too space agey? Too science projecty? Too anal probey?... [Read more]
- Revolutionary cooking system lets you enjoy egg treats like never before
- Prepare eggs, omelets, frittatas and more in just 2 easy steps
- Unique, patented design cooks healthy and delicious eggs without the use of pots or pans
- Easy to use and clean with a durable non-stick cooking chamber
- Each unit comes with a cleaning brush, 5 wooden skewers, food packaging accessory, and a user manual with 25 recipes
Top ReviewsA fun fling, but not suitable for a long-term relationship
by Kayem (3 out of 5 stars)
July 30, 2015
I've seen the late-night infomercials for this product, but I never gave it much thought. After all, what possible use could I have of a device whose sole purpose is to make cooking an egg far too complicated? Then I read a review of it in The Guardian, with accompanying video and I knew I needed one of these immediately. Not because I really wanted a device to cook my eggs into flaccid, wiggly phalluses (phalli?) but because I wanted to experience the utter magnificence of this device firsthand. I admit it, I am a glutton for punishment and nothing says punishment like making food into flavorless tubes for more efficient ingestion. Speaking of punishment, the Rollie is accompanied by a cookbook filled with recipes, some of which seem less like cooking and more like punishing ingredients for the audacity of not coming in roll form.
My first experiment with the Rollie was just plain eggs, what the device was originally made for. Just as promised, my egg phallus rose proudly erect from the depths of the Rollie chamber, still-liquid yolk glistening on its tip. That is, until it was spent from the effort and drooped over, the yolk dripping from its head onto the counter below, as if to say "I'm finished, you can wrap your lips around me now."
I ignored the egg as I am not fond of liquid yolk, so I flipped it over as the instructions suggested to finish it. Once again, it rose straight until it was exhausted, though having spent all its yolk on the first round, there was nothing to mess my counter.
Once I had determined that the eggrection was technically food, I decided to try a couple more recipes. I quickly regretted my decision as a flaccid tube of runny egg, supermarket cheese, and soggy crackers drooped at me, shamed by its existence. "It's okay," I whispered to the poor thing. "I'm sure you'll meet a friend down at the composting party."
After thoroughly cleansing the Rollie's orifice with the conveniently included brush, I retired for the evening, spent from the work required to keep track of whether or not the Rollie's contents had been cooked. On one hand, the steam pressure that forces the eggrection out of its hole should indicate it is cooked, that isn't necessarily the case. The Rollie cookbook gives times for cooking its may recipes, from about five minutes to pushing ten minutes. Sometimes, the eggrection is pushed out before even coming close to the 8 minutes of cooking time needed, which then requires messy removal and awkward reinsertion, as if I haven't done this sort of thing before.
During one late night, I got the munchies and, putting my dignity aside, I decided to see about that Rollie recipe that's just a hot dog covered in an egg tube. It was perfectly edible, but this highlighted the fundamental flaw of the Rollie: it's ridiculously inefficient. How long does it take to nuke a hot dog? 25 seconds, according to the back of the package of my snooty Angus hot dogs (and my aged microwave concurs). How long does it take to throw a loosely scrambled egg in a frying pan? 2 to 3 minutes, according to my half-assed timing. How long does it take to cook an egg-covered Rollie hot dog eggrection? 6-8 minutes, according to the cookbook. In the time it takes to cook a Rollie egg dog, I could have been enjoying my protein and fat for several minutes. Time is all we have, people, and why would I want to spend more time to put one soggy eggrection in my mouth when I could spend less time experiencing the real thing?
Regarding its inefficiency, with the long cooking times and single eggrection quantity, this is absolutely not ideal for parties, despite the promotional video's suggestion otherwise.Imagine trying to make an entire platter of Rollie's version of pizza rolls for a party, or even just more than two people. In the amount of time it takes for a single Rollie pizzarection to present itself to you, you could have baked an entire pan of regular pizza rolls. This with the same amount of food prep, but not the frequent lubrication of Rollie's fussy orifices.
A petty complaint is that it has no on/off button. It simply is on while plugged in. Granted, it has the handy lights that show you if it's on, but with as many warning labels as there are in the world, this could be a bit problematic. Remembering to unplug the Rollie is not high on the list of priorities when an egg-infused tortilla rectangle rises to greet you in the morning. More likely, priority number one is finding out who is responsible for whatever is going on there.
Of course, none of this compares to the Rollie's complete violation of tortillas. Tortillas, those delicious, round flatbreads filled with many delights, have one very defining feature: they are round. Their second feature is that you put things in them and they conveniently roll up for on-the-go deliciousness. The Rollie corrupts the very nature of the tortilla, the very essence of what makes a tortilla a tortilla. In order to use a tortilla in the Rollie, you have to cut it into a 4x7 rectangle.
Yes, that is what I just said. The noble tortilla, nature's most angelic food wrapping, turned into a seedy square, ready to be adulterated with eggrections and devil knows what else. The Rollie cookbook even comes with a template on the back, so we can butcher the hapless tortilla with precision. I couldn't bear to do it. I begged my tortilla's forgiveness for even contemplating such a thing, and proceeded to turn it into a delicious and proper breakfast taco that I enjoyed while I watched yet another Rollie eggrection force its way to the surface.
The Rollie is wildly inefficient and a novelty at best. While I enjoyed my tryst with the Rollie, I'm afraid I have to give it merely three stars. The lack of an on/off switch was a demerit for me, as well as it's inefficiency in pleasing multiple people at once.
I'm giving Rollie five stars because it is absolutely perfect for cooking eggs when I am black out d
by Bobby (5 out of 5 stars)
April 7, 2018
I'm giving Rollie five stars because it is absolutely perfect for cooking eggs when I am black out drunk and should not be using a frying pan. I don't mind the blandness of the Rollie egg when I'm so drunk. I just care that food is entering my body.
Works like a charm
by John F (5 out of 5 stars)
January 5, 2017
Cooks a single unscrambled egg perfectly and there's virtually no cleanup. My second one of these, after the non-stick coating finally gave out on the first one after a couple of years. Yes, it's a little goofy how the egg pops up! If you eat eggs regularly or like to pack a cooked egg in your lunch it's a nice change from simple boiled eggs. The trick to success is to spray a shot of aerosol cooking oil in first, let it preheat, and drop the egg in. Don't use the bamboo skewers. Just wait until the cooked egg pops up by itself, turn the Rollie upside-down, and gently shake the egg out onto a plate or bowl and let it cool for a minute. If you want your egg cooked more, when the egg first pops up let it be. The egg will slide back in by itself and continue cooking. About 6-7 minutes cooks the yolk to hard-boiled. If you let it cook longer the egg will get a nice crust on it. Don't forget to unplug it when you slide the egg out! For cleanup I just wait till it cools and wipe the excess oil and any egg from the opening. I use the included brush and clean it with a drop of soap and water about once a week. I tried scrambling the egg, adding cheese/other ingredients, etc. but that didn't seem to work so well and resulted in a mess, so I don't do that. If I want an omelet or frittata I just make it in a pan.
How to make perfect eggs
by King Lerch,Top Contributor: Guitars (4 out of 5 stars)
August 24, 2018
Before I answer that question, I will explain the good and bad of this unit. The good is that it is easy to use (just plug it in), predictable temperature, and very unique results. Why not use a pan? Well, of course a pan works fine, but maybe you will crack the eggs in the pan, maybe flipping is difficult, maybe the heat is hard to get just right, maybe you want to step away from the cooking. Plus you can use this in an office where other cooking options are not possible.
The bad...first the bad is that the heat source is at the bottom of the chamber, making anything cooking much more done at the bottom and less at the top. There are no good directions on how to make a quality item, rather than just a hard cooked or "just wait till it pops up" item. I really wouldn't use this for anything other than eggs, or maybe an egg on a already cooked sausage stick. I don't think the results are going to be good for non-egg foods.
But eggs can be perfect...here's the recipe:
- Let unit heat up until the green light is on
- Crack 2 eggs into chamber
- Set a timer for 5:30 (5 minutes 30 seconds)
- When the timer reaches 1 minute remaining (4:30 has passed) cover the top with foil or a small pot lid. One of the best options is a "tea cup cover". This will change how the unit works. Because the unit will shut off when the heat set point has been reached, putting a lid on essentially stops the bottom of the chamber from heating, but the top is now heating due to the trapped heat. This will allow the egg on top to finish without overcooking the bottom egg.
- When the full 5:30 has been reached, turn the unit over and slap it on the bottom unit the egg comes out on a plate. The eggs will be perfectly medium. If you want them softer or harder, reduce or increase the overall time, but still cover for the last minute.
So the big advantage of this unit is the predictable heat and time. Once you find the time that makes eggs how you like them, you never have to pay any attention to over or under cooking them again. If your eggs are right at 4:37, then preheat, toss the eggs in, and cover for the last minute....easy. I think if they would have included usable recipes, people would have much more success.
Note that in the "cookbook" they refer to the food popping up on it's own, and the eggs will sometimes do that...but it is unpredictable. It depends on the oil you use (how much and the type) and the type of eggs (whole, beaten,, etc) and just luck. But generally waiting for the egg to pop up will yield a hard egg of unknown doneness....this is unnecessary. Find a time that works for your eggs and get it right every time.
replaced due to plastic failure
by Eric Lee Elliott (1 out of 5 stars)
December 11, 2017
Only 9 months use!
Plastic funnel is peeling off @ top of egg tube. 9 months of use only cooking eggs for 5 minutes.
At first I thought egg was sticking @ small eng of funnel, then I learned that a finger nail would scrape off egg and black plastic. Rough plastic keeps part of each egg.
Now we do not use it, we are not willing to eat plastic with our eggs.
Spend your money on a frying pan I stead
by Victor p Diaz (1 out of 5 stars)
May 5, 2019
Dosent work as described. Only works with plain egg only and not scrambled. If you scramble your egg it will be raw on the top and cooked on the bottom. If you add ingredients, forget about it it will shoot out of the thing like explosive diarrhea onto your counter
by Angie (1 out of 5 stars)
December 16, 2018
We were so excited to get this. After three attempts we cleaned it and are sending it back. Eggs alone and it works fine. Add any ingredients like cheese or peppers and it's a disaster. Bottom burns and top is raw. Not worth keeping it for eggs alone. We were so disappointed because it looked like it would be so much fun to have.
Horrible product. Do not buy
by Jen C. (1 out of 5 stars)
February 7, 2017
Horrible product. Do not buy! It takes longer to use this thing than it would be to use a pan. plus, its a b!tch to clean.
Wonderful Little Egg Maker
by Fritz (5 out of 5 stars)
June 22, 2019
I love the ease of using this product. All I have to do is spray cooking spray into the cooking chamber, crack two eggs into the chamber and wait till it pops up. Then I get to have my meal. I eat several small meals a day and this makes it so easy to get those extra meals into my schedule. I can place other items like cheese, sausage, etc. or mix the eggs up once they are in the container and have scrambled eggs. It has made my life so much easier to deal with meals. I highly recommend this product.
Good for snacking !
by Eva Baxter (4 out of 5 stars)
December 29, 2018
Love it ! Haven't stopped using it since I got it ! I wanted something for when I got " snacky" but something easy besides a bag of chips . Took me a few tries to get the proper amount of egg in there but once you get the hang of it it's really easy. And easy to clean . I enjoy it . Have to stand close by because the egg roll starts to rise out of it , I put a stick in it as it rises so it don't just hang from the side . I've enjoyed mine greatly , but I'm also a egg person .
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