Separating an Egg

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A basic cooking skill- separating the yolk and white from an egg. An indispensable skill, and very easy to master. You'll note that the shell cracked terribly irregularly- some eggs don't perform well under pressure- and yet it still worked.

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Step 1: The Separating Process- in Video

Watch and learn:.



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    TRIPLEC

    10 years ago on Step 1

    wow, never thought it would be that easy..thx

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    mje

    12 years ago on Introduction

    For those who never learned- by watching their mother, or a teacher- it is indeed an important talent. I usually use the edge of the bowl, or pot, or whatever's at hand so it's a one-handed operation. I've rarely seen an egg break this way, and indeed, the entire batch of eggs from this carton were unusual in that respect.

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    LasVegas

    12 years ago on Introduction

    The shell cracked very irregularly because you improperly cracked the egg against a sharp edge and "all around." If you watch a professional, you would note that an egg is properly cracked by striking it once against a flat surface, such as the table.

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    mjeLasVegas

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    While you may have been told that, in fact, actual practice will show you that where you crack it makes absolutely no difference at all. This was from a batch of organic eggs with unusually thick and hard to crack shells. All of them cracked irregularly.

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    LasVegasmje

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    No... I've actually tried it and learned the technique from professional fry cooks.

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    mjeSgt.Waffles

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Yessir, Sgt Waffles! It is rather childish, isn't it? But some people just have to be right all the time. Like me, for instance. ;-)

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    lemoniemje

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    My thoughts were "nice simple example of a basic and essential cooking skill, but he made a bit of an arse of it". You had two bowls, why did you not rap the egg (once) on a bowl? It would have looked much neater and more professional. I'm certain that you've cracked more eggs than me in your time, but I would never try using wood, because I know it's a poor substiture for a hard rim. (just puzzled, no offence) L

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    mjelemonie

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    A laminated rock maple cutting board, is one of the hearder things you'll find in a kitchen.

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    lemoniemje

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Harder than I thought, I suppose. I'd give it a go myself, but I don't have the right bit of wood... perhaps I should get one L

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    Sgt.Wafflesmje

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    HA! by have the "sgt." in my name, i practically command respect. I could get used to it. There is no "wrong" way to crack an egg. As long as its open, and you can pull out the unfertilized baby chicken, your good.

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    LasVegasSgt.Waffles

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I don't believe either of us qualify as children and I didn't see any indication of a fight.