How to Separate an Egg and Everything Else About Eggs

15 Oct

I started this as a post about how to separate eggs and then it turned into everything I know about eggs. So here is every trick and fact that I know about eggs.

There are two really great ways to separate eggs. The first way that I do it is to crack the egg in half and then pour the yolk back and forth from shell to shell until all of the white falls out into the bowl below. This way is great it works most of the time for me. The second way of doing it is to crack the egg right into your hand and let the white fall through your fingers into the bowl below. This way virtually eliminates the chances of a yolk breaking into the whites; which is very important for making meringue. My mom has one of those plastic egg separating thingys. I really don’t see the value in using them. They are awkward, inconvenient and leave one more thing to wash. These two ways really work the best for me.

I always by the biodegradable egg containers and have found that when cracking eggs it works well to put the shells back into the container and then throw the whole thing into the compost. This may be a little unsafe regarding salmonella if you allow the cracked eggs to drip onto the unused ones but as long as you are careful not to do that you should be just fine. Use your best judgement.

If you drop egg shells into the eggs there are two kind of cool ways of getting them out of there. Other than chasing them around with your fingers. The first way works the best. It is simply to use part of the shell to fish the other bit out. Shells are drawn to each other for some reason. It’s actually quite amazing to me. The other way is to just let the bowl sit for a while and the shells will sink to and stick to the bottom. Then you can just pour the eggs out and the shells will stay in place.

If you have hardboiled eggs in the fridge and they get mixed with raw ones just spin them on the counter. The hard-boiled will spin fast and the raw will spin slow.

If you want the shell to peel off of hard-boiled eggs better, add a couple tbsp of baking soda into the water. I’ve heard that vinegar works this way too.

A fresh egg will sink to the bottom of a sink full of water and an older one will float. Older eggs peel easier.

Brown chickens lay brown eggs and white chickens lay white eggs. That is the only difference.

Eggs are one of the few foods that are a source of vitamin D.

The blood occasionally seen inside of an egg is just a blood vessel from the yolk that has been ruptured. It is not unsafe to eat.

If you drop and egg on the floor, pouring salt on it will make it much easier to clean up.

Cloudy whites are a sign of freshness.

Eggs are put into the cartons large end up to keep the yolk from moving around too much.

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