Dear Lifehacker, What’s the best way to get those little bits of egg shell out of a cracked egg? Sometimes I try to be cool by cracking eggs with one hand, but if my attention lapses for a second a bit of egg shell can escape into the bowl of shelled eggs. When I try and retrieve the little thing it lets me get really close to grabbing it but at the last minute inevitably slips through my fingers, teasing me to the point of madness. Any ideas? Thanks, Shell Shocked
I feel your pain. Because egg liquid is thicker than water, it tends to “push” submerged shell fragments away the moment you penetrate the surface. This means that the fragment is no longer in the same place by the time your spoon or finger reaches it.
The easiest solution is to simply pour the egg through a strainer prior to cooking — but this only works with beaten eggs. In all other situations, you’re going to need a utensil with a very thin edge combined with some wily fine-motor skills.
One possible solution is to use a larger piece of egg shell – this is much thinner than any tea spoon yet still has a curved shape for scooping. The trick is to push the fragment to the edge of the bowel and slide it out. Alternatively, keep a pair of tweezers in the kitchen.
Of course, the best solution is to not get shells in the bowl in the first place. Apparently, cracking the egg on a flat surface (as opposed to the edge of the bowl) results in less fragments. This also stops the yolk from running down the side of the bowl, which can lead to food contamination.
If any readers have their own shell-removal hacks (or a foolproof way to crack eggs), let SS know in the comment section below!
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