Ingredients: Eggs

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Eggs seem like such a basic ingredient, but they aren't for everyone. Today I will show you how to crack eggs and two ways you can split them. Let's get cracking!


Cracking whole eggs

To crack a whole egg can be tricky to some, since you have to find balance between giving it a soft knock and smashing it to bits.

1. Hold the egg in your dominant hand by gripping the sides with your fingers.

2. Lightly, but firmly tap the side the egg on a hard edge, like the rim of a bowl or your kitchen counter.

3. Hold the thumb of your dominant hand at the edge of the crack and grab the other side of the egg in a similar way with your opposite hand. Now push your thumbs in a little and pull the two shell parts away from the crack.

4. Let the egg fall into a bowl, discard the shell and wash your hands.



? Oh no, I've got some shell in the egg: No worries! Wet your finger with water and use this finger to get the shell from your egg.


! Always crack your eggs in a separate egg bowl than the bowl in which they need to go. Crack one in the egg bowl, add it to the main bowl, crack another, then add that to the main bowl etc. This prevents you from having to fish egg shell from a doughy mess.


Splitting eggs

When you've mastered the cracking technique, it is time to split. There are two ways: the hand method and the shell method. For the shell method you hold and crack the egg as described above (step 1 and 2).

1. Hold the egg in your dominant hand by gripping the sides with your fingers.

2. Lightly, but firmly tap the side the egg on a hard edge, like the rim of a bowl or your kitchen counter.

3. Hold the thumb of your dominant hand at the edge of the crack and grab the other side of the egg in a similar way with your opposite hand.

4. Turn your hands, so your palms are facing up

5 + 6. Insert your thumbs and pull the shell parts away from the crack. While you do this you hold one of the egg halves with the but down and poor the whole egg in that half. You will notice that the yolk stays in the half and the white drips down in your bowl.

7. Now pour the egg yolk into the other egg half, this way more egg white will drip in the bowl. Repeat until most of the egg white is in the bowl.

8. Add the yolk to a different bowl and wash your hands.


The hand method is way easier in my opinion. Crack the egg using the whole egg method (step 1- 3 of the whole egg method).

1. Hold the egg in your dominant hand by gripping the sides with your fingers.

2. Lightly, but firmly tap the side the egg on a hard edge, like the rim of a bowl or your kitchen counter.

3. Hold the thumb of your dominant hand at the edge of the crack and grab the other side of the egg in a similar way with your opposite hand. Now push your thumbs in a little and pull the two shell parts away from the crack.

4. Let the egg fall into a bowl, discard the shell.

5 + 6. Form a scoop with your hand and scoop out the yolk.

7. Spread your fingers a little bit to let most of the white drip back in the bowl.

8. Add the yolk to a different bowl and wash your hands.


! Practice this when making a scrambled egg or pancakes. You probably need whole eggs for this recipe, but that way you can practice without wasting eggs.


! When splitting eggs it is often to whisk the whites to peaks. Make sure your hands are clean (like always) and your egg white bowl is fat free. You can do this by wiping it with some lemon juice/ vinegar and a paper towel.


! Use the separate cracking bowl & main bowl method described at the "whole egg method" to prevent wasting eggs when you've split some eggs and the last one leaks yolk in your 5 perfect whites.


Now you've got all the knowledge to handle eggs. Head over here to read all about some simple egg recipes like how to bake an egg and my favourite egg peeling trick!


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