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Many savory brunch recipes and dessert recipes call for separating an egg’s yolk from its whites, whether you’re making a hollandaise sauce or an egg-white omelet. When separating an egg, it’s important to do so carefully so that there are no bits of yolk left in the egg whites.

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Using an egg that’s fresh from the fridge is best, as the yolk is firmer when it’s cold. One of the most common ways of separating an egg is by using its built-in separator — the shell. Crack the egg over a bowl so that the shell comes apart in two halves, keeping the yolk contained in one half. Allow the egg whites to drip out of the shell and into a bowl, carefully transferring the yolk back and forth between the two shell halves to encourage as much of the egg white to fall into the bowl as you can. Once you’re done, you can transfer the egg yolk to a second bowl.

Since this method does risk the yolk being broken by the sharp edges of the eggshells, another preferred method is to separate by hand. After cracking the egg in half and allowing the egg whites to drip out into the bowl, transfer the yolk and the rest of the egg whites from one eggshell half to your hand. Holding the yolk in your hand, separate your fingers slightly so as to allow as much egg white to drip out as possible before putting the yolk in the second bowl.

There are egg separators on the market that you can purchase if you find these methods to take up too much time or be too messy. They can come in fun shapes, as slotted spoons or in the form of more complex separators that allow you to measure and store egg whites. Success with these separators can vary, however, and many cooks find them lacking or time-consuming to wash by hand. Whichever method you use, knowing how to separate your eggs is crucial to learning how to make egg recipes that will help you finish up your carton.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.


Separating Eggs

It is best to use three bowls for this method: one to catch the white as the egg is being separated, one to store the separated whites, and one to store the separated yolks. As the egg is being passed between the shell halves, make sure the yolk does not break and/or spill into the bowl containing the egg white.


Once all of the white has fallen into the bowl, the yolk can be placed into a different bowl for storage. It is also important to transfer the egg white to a different bowl before separating the next egg. This is because when you are separating several eggs, you don't want to risk dropping any yolk into a bowl containing several already separated egg whites. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove the portion of the yolk from the bowl of egg whites. Recipes that require beaten egg whites will be negatively affected by the presence of any yolk, so you may have to start over and waste the egg whites that have already been separated if the egg whites are contaminated with the yolk. This alone should convince you to use THREE bowls when separating eggs with the traditional method.

One negative aspect of the traditional egg separating method is the possibility that the contents of the egg may become contaminated during the procedure. This can happen when the egg is passed back and forth between the shell halves, because bacteria that may be present on the shell could contaminate the egg. Even after the egg is sanitized by the egg processing facility, the shell can become contaminated from contact with other food sources.

Needle Method

A second method that is used for separating the white and the yolk is the needle method.

    A needle is inserted into one end of the egg creating a hole that can be enlarged by moving the needle in a circular manner.

Although this method is easy to do, it can be time consuming for the egg white to drain from the shell. There is also a slight possibility that using this separation method could result in germs, which may exist on the shell, being transferred to the contents of the egg.

Funnel Method

A third method of separating the white and the yolk is the funnel method.

    This method is performed by placing a small funnel over a container and then breaking the egg over the funnel.

The funnel opening must be small enough so that the yolk cannot slide through yet the opening must be large enough to allow the egg white to slide through easily. This method is quite sanitary because the contents of the egg have very little contact with the outside of the shell.

Separator Tool Method

Perhaps the easiest and most sanitary egg separation method is with the use of a tool specifically designed to separate eggs. The tool is basically a bowl-shaped tray centered in a circular frame with slots positioned around the perimeter.

    When the egg is broken over the separating tool, the egg yolk slides into the center tray where it remains.