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How to crack and separate an egg with a knife

How to crack and separate an egg with a knife - This is a useful tip and requires no additional kitchen equipment than a butter knife!

This is a great tip for how to crack and separate an egg with a butter knife.  When I was teaching Home Economics I learned this trick from the Kentucky Egg Council and it works like a charm.   I always use the blunt side of a butter knife to crack my egg instead of the side of a bowl or my counter.  The butter knife gives a clean break and works especially well on Eggland’s Best, Cage Free, Organic and Farm Fresh Eggs because the shell is harder than normal eggs.

How to crack and separate an egg with a knife:

Step 1: Strike the egg with the blunt side of a butter knife.

Step 2: Using the opening spread your egg open.

Step 3:  Split your shell in half.

Step 4:  Gently use the shell to separate your white from your yolk using the broken shell.

Step 5: Separate your yolk into one bowl and your whites in another.

This is a useful tip and requires no additional kitchen equipment than a butter knife!

Recipes That Use Separated Eggs:

Homemade Tiramisu

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownie

Lemon Poppyseed Muffin

Homemade Twinkies

Banana Layer Cake

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3 Comments

  1. I’ve always used the broken egg shell to separate eggs, but I never knew about breaking the egg shell with a knife. Definitely going to try this next time.

  2. Ok… I admit that I am a dork. I kinda want to go in, get an egg and give this a whirl lol. I have a feeling my husband will beat me to the kitchen since he just read this over my shoulder. 😉

  3. This is just wonderful! I hate separating eggs (don’t we all?) and have stayed away from white cakes and such because of this. Eggs were on sale this week (I wonder why?) and we have no kids to dye with, so I think I’ll try this. I’ve also heard that an older egg is easier to separate than the one you just brought home. Older being a day or so.

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