I have another one for removing the shell of boiled eggs. Think of your eggshell like a cell phone screen. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Vanna Tran is a home cook who started cooking with her mother at a very young age. Read our full for more information.
The edge of a cracked shell is perfect for cutting through egg white. Hold the egg over a bowl or frying pan and press your thumbs against the indentation, then gently pull the shell apart to release the yolk and whites. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist. Use your other fingers to pull the eggs apart. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a commission. I was getting shards, because I was cracking them the wrong way. Any other egg tricks to share? Hold the egg over a bowl.
Then, use your remaining fingers to pull the egg apart and release its contents into your bowl. Pour the egg yolk in a container and rinse the shell several times with hot water. Eggs were one of the first things I learned how to cook, and I struggled endlessly with bits of shell dropping into my bowl. If the shells are soft and brittle, or if egg quality is variable, I break eggs into a separate small bowl. Don't break the egg on the sharp rim of the bowl, pushing shell and possible contaminants into the egg and spilling egg on the outside of the container. This might have an effect in terms of how splintery the shells then become, but I don't know enough about this to do anything other than posit it as a theory. To learn from our Experienced Cook co-author, like how to remove bits of eggshell, keep reading!.
The best answer to this is egg temperature - too cold, and they shatter everywhere. This method for cracking eggs offers the best chances of eliminating shell shards. Now you can open the egg without burning your fingers! I always thought that it was just natural for some shells to shatter and some not to. For instance, cracking an egg! The hazards to avoid are: -- getting shell in the egg, and -- having egg run over the contaminated outer shell and into your container, -- making a mess. This is a recipe for disaster for most home cooks. While there are several ways to crack an egg, I believe one method above all others tends to work best.
Take two eggs in either hand. As the would say, how easy is that? Holding the egg in one hand, break the egg on the flat or broadly curved inner surface of the bowl. I always hate it because the egg is hot and you burn your fingers, even if you do it under the running cold water. Use enough force to crack a significant section of the shell, without smashing the egg -- you want the egg to hold its shape until you use finger pressures one or both hands to pull the egg apart and open the shell, dropping the egg into the bowl. Thin shells are more likely to shatter, where a thick shell breaks more cleanly. I don't recommend breaking the eggshell on a flat countertop, dripping egg on the surface.
I get why it happens, though. This also breaks the thin membrane surrounding the interior of the egg, allowing the shell shards to mix in. All opinions stated are strictly my own. The shaking adds more air for fluffier eggs. Now insert the knife in the crack and peel its top out. The other thing which has an impact is the age of the egg.
So how does one go about cracking an egg perfectly every time? If you crack an egg straight into a frying pan, you might not have time to take out any pieces of shell before the egg whites start to cook, become opaque, and camouflage the shell. Over a bowl, gently push your thumbs into the crack and pull apart to separate the shells. When it comes to cooking, there is no greater sin than baking eggshell into something sweet in my humble opinion. Shattering the shell creates many more errant shell particles that can then break off and slide into your bowl. I always crack on a flat surface and since we use fresh farm eggs that have a thicker membrane, in one fell swoop I poke my index finger through the membrane and pull the egg halves apart.
If you do drop a fragment of shell into the egg, use a clean edge of the remaining shell, rather than your finger or a utensil to fish it out. Hold the eggs in whatever fashion is comfortable for you, but make sure your pinky and ring finger touch the bottom of the egg. This article was co-authored by Vanna Tran, a trusted member of wikiHow's community. When cracking an egg, it might be tempting to smack the shell on the side of a bowl, pull it apart, and dump its interior contents into said bowl. This article was co-authored by Vanna Tran, a trusted member of wikiHow's community. On the off chance you do get shell in your bowl — and chasing that slippery piece around with a spoon or your finger feels law-of-physics impossible — just use a piece of shell to scoop it out.