Simple And Easy Way To Separate Egg Yolk From Egg White

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Egg yolks

25 Egg yolks

Ever find separating egg yolks from egg whites a bit messy and difficult? I always see chefs on TV juggling the egg yolk between the 2 halves of the egg shells. I hope they wash the eggs well. I think it’s not easy for someone who hardly cook or bake to separate the eggs that way. My mom had taught us a very easy way to do it. Use a spoon. It’s so easy, simple, quick and neat. Just follow the pictures and I’m sure you can do it. Try it. It’s fun. I had to separate 25 egg yolks from the egg whites to make the Indonesian Layer Cake (Kek Lapis). It was fast and easy. Even children can do it.

One word of caution here. Try to use very fresh eggs as the egg yolks are firm and round and don’t break so easily. I use fresh free range eggs. You can tell from the picture right below here that they are fresh.

Break eggs into bowl

Break eggs into bowl

Break the eggs into the bowl. Do not over-crowd the eggs.

Place spoon under egg yolk

Place spoon under egg yolk

Gently push a tablespoon underneath an egg yolk.

gently lift up spoon

gently lift up spoon

Lift up the egg yolk gently.

Lift spoon higher

Lift spoon higher

Gently lift the spoon higher. The egg white will slip off from the egg yolk.

almost separated

almost separated

Sometimes a strand of the egg white remains which wouldn’t break off. No problem.

Cut off at the bowl

Cut off at the bowl

Place the spoon against the wall of the bowl and gently press the spoon against it to cut off that strand of egg white. Be careful not to break the egg yolk.

Egg yolk separated

Egg yolk separated

Yeah..the egg yolk is separated from the egg white! Place the egg yolk in another bowl and repeat the rest.

Separated egg yolks

Separated egg yolks

I hope you will give this a try. It’s so clean and neat it won’t even dirty your hands.

Now what to do with the egg whites? You can make my favourite Meringue With Lemon Cream or Pumpkin Seeds Crisps (Tuiles) or macaroons. Ann from Anncoos Journal told me that you can use the egg white to coat fish before steaming or you can also use it to make her Egg White Zebra Cake. Ivy at Kopiaste…to Greek Hospitality left a comment in my comment box in my previous post saying ‘You can freeze your egg whites in smaller batches and use them whenever you like.’ Thanks very much, Ann and Ivy, for your suggestions. They are very helpful to me.

Now, get some eggs and try out separating the egg yolks from the egg whites. If you do not have any plan in making any desserts, just beat them up after you had fun separating them and make omelette!

Quote of the day……

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”

- Henry David Thoreau

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Jasmine  on February 22nd, 2011

whenever my mum help me, that’s what she do (: is very fun! but when there’s ONE of the eggs that’s not so fresh, not very fun :D

busygran  on February 22nd, 2011

What you did is a good way! Some use egg separator. But lazy me would just crack the egg and juggle. All my eggs are washed and dried before use and the rest are stored in the fridge. I can’t imagine keeping ‘dirty’ eggs in the fridge!

Belinda @zomppa  on February 22nd, 2011

Boy, I bet those companies who make those fancy contraptions would NOT like to see this! Gorgeous eggs, BTW.

anncoo  on February 22nd, 2011

That’s how I separate the egg yolks sometime and sometime I use egg separator.
Thanks for the link, Mary :)

j3ss kitch3n  on February 22nd, 2011

thanks for sharing this tip with us Mary! its indeed very useful!

redkathy  on February 22nd, 2011

And to think companies peddle all sorts of gadgets to complete a task so simply done with just and spoon! Lovely Mary.

LeQuan  on February 22nd, 2011

Mary, I’ve never heard of this trick before. Thank you for sharing with us. Now I just feel like cracking open ten eggs just for the fun of it. Ha! Next time I’ll have to give this method a try. Great suggestions and tips with the egg whites as well. Keep learning, keep smiling :-)

Ginny Hartzler  on February 22nd, 2011

I’ve never seen it done this way, not even on T.V. by the chefs. This is very cool!

claire  on February 22nd, 2011

This is real good traditional way of separating the egg yolks! yes, my mama also did the same thing.. :)

somewhere in singapore  on February 23rd, 2011

Thanks for sharing, i never try this way b4…

When i break the egg, i separate the egg yolk from there…

suituapui  on February 23rd, 2011

They have something that looks like a sieve for doing that. I don’t bake, so I do not need to…

Ivy  on February 23rd, 2011

I have learned to separate them between the two halves but I also have a tupperware gadget when I want to be 100% sure that no egg shell or yolk will fall in whatever I am making.

Cheah  on February 23rd, 2011

I prefer to juggle the eggs rather than use an egg separator. I’ll try your method in the future, ya can break off the strand of egg white sticking onto the yolk.

Priya  on February 23rd, 2011

Very useful tips..

Mary  on February 23rd, 2011

@Jasmine - Ya, have to be very careful not to break any yolks. That’s why I do 6 in one go. If the an yolk breaks, all will end up as omelette :D

@busygran - I have never tried the juggling method. But I can just imagine I will make a big mess out of it…haha

@Belinda @zomppa - Haha…I think they will hate me from today onwards if they see this! :P The lasts thing I want in my kitchen is another gadget that I can do without.

@anncoo - I’m sure the egg separator can do the job fast too. But I don’t think I will buy another kitchen gadget. Too many things in my kitchen already. Hope not to use too many egg yolks often :D

@j3ss kitch3n - You are most welcome, Jess! :D

@redkathy - There are always some very smart business people outside who can even sell refrigerators to the Eskimos…haha. But we foodies can be just as smart not to buy :D

@LeQuan - LeQuan, plan an omelette day and you can have lots of fun separating eggs. Let your children try. I’m sure they can do it, too. I can only imagine, to my amusement, you’ll probably end up eating omelettes everyday once you let them try…haha :D

@Ginny Hartzler - Thanks very much, Give a try Ginny! It’s fun, especially when no yolks break :D

@claire - It’s really easy and neat, right? :D

@somewhere in singapore - Bet you can do it very fast that way, too :D

@suituapui - You are one very lucky man…just go to the shop…haha :D

@Ivy - One day I must try your way for fun :D

@Cheah - Give this method a try. I would love to try your method, too and see how I get along with it :D I saw on TV…very messy.

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

Sharon @ Fun and Life  on February 23rd, 2011

This is so funny lol. You should’ve posted a video! And I never knew there were egg separator contraptions. How ridiculous, who would buy one? Lol.

Suman Singh  on February 23rd, 2011

very useful indeed..I have never seen it done this way..nice.In my case, when I break the egg, I seperate the egg yolks from there…this is really interesting..thanks for sharing!

kristy  on February 23rd, 2011

Hey Mary, what a cool way to separate the yolk. But have to be very careful otherwise the yolk will spread all over the egg white….. dom… I hated it when it’s not perfect. Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re having a wonderful day.
Cheers, Kristy

Swathi  on February 23rd, 2011

nice idea,sure try next time.

tigerfish  on February 23rd, 2011

Never tried separating 25 egg yolks from the whites before. Usually if it is 1-2 eggs, I just use the egg shell to help me ;p

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on February 23rd, 2011

Mary, your way is simple and quick. Love your idea. I use an egg separator. Both of our methods can keep the eggs clean. :)

Zoe  on February 23rd, 2011

Good to know all these great techniques. Thanks Mary.

kitchen flavours  on February 23rd, 2011

Thanks for this useful tip! I don’t juggle between the shells either. I usually just use my hand as an egg separator! Works pretty well too!

Drick  on February 23rd, 2011

interesting…. I guess the right size spoon helps too

Ellie (Almost Bourdain)  on February 23rd, 2011

Very neat trick! Thanks for sharing.

peteformation  on February 23rd, 2011

I always get very impatient when doing this, sometimes break the yolk! LOL!

Mary  on February 24th, 2011

@Sharon @ Fun and Life - Haha….wait till I learn how to video my self first :D

@Suman Singh - Thanks very much, Suman! :D

@kristy - Ya, would be a nightmare if you ever break the yolk. That’s why never break too many eggs into the bowl in the first place….6 is quite safe :D

@Swathi - Have fun trying :D

@tigerfish - Haha…it’s my first time separating s many eggs….all because of the Indonesian layer cake :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Christine! :D

@Zoe - Thanks very much, Zoe! :D

@kitchen flavours - Whah….you use your hand!! I think I’ll probably end up squashing all of them….my clumsy hands!……haha :D

@Drick - Yes, the spoon must be able to hold the egg yolk :D

@Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - Thanks very much, Ellie! :D

@peteformation - Then you will enjoy omelette like me :D

penny aka jeroxie  on February 24th, 2011

Oh! What a good tip. Thanks for sharing :)

Jeannie  on February 24th, 2011

Great tip! I’ll definitely try it this way next time I need to separate eggs, thanks for the great tip:D

Olive  on February 24th, 2011

thanks for the tip, Mary, I usually just crack the egg and use my fingers to strain the yolk but I make sure that I wash my hands and the eggs too..I’ll try it your way next time! :)

Angie's Recipes  on February 24th, 2011

Cool! I am going to try the trick next time. :-))

sushma  on February 24th, 2011

That is very easy Mary ..v handy for those who r learing to cook:)

Catherine  on February 24th, 2011

Makes so much sense! I’ve never thought of coating fish with egg white before, interesting!! :)

Mary  on February 24th, 2011

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! :D

@Olive - You are just fantastic. I would never know how to use my hand. I bet I will squash al of them :P

@Angie’s Recipes - Have fun trying :D

@sushma - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@Catherine - I have yet to that out soon :D

5 Star Foodie  on February 24th, 2011

Great method and I love your step by step pictures!

pigpigscorner  on February 24th, 2011

I’ve never tried this before! I always use the shells or my hands and let the whites run through my fingers.

RamblingTart  on February 24th, 2011

Isn’t it funny how we get stuck in certain ways of doing things? This is a MUCH better idea. :-) And just in time too. I need to make a triple batch of creme brulees this evening, and this will make the job heaps easier. :-)

teresa  on February 24th, 2011

excellent tips! i’m always looking for easy ways to do that!

Mary  on February 24th, 2011

What a terrific tip. I always learn something new when I visit here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

LeQuan  on February 24th, 2011

Great suggestion, Mary. K would really enjoy separating the egg yolks.

Florian @  on February 25th, 2011

Simple and wonderfull… what else ?!

Anna Johnston  on February 25th, 2011

Mary, I love your simple & wonderfully hygienic method here, its brilliantly demonstrated. I’m one of those chefs who just use my hands (very clean hands) when I’ve had to separate lots of eggs. One of my first chefs taught me this way, & I’ve done it this way ever since but I do love your way too.

Carolyn Jung  on February 25th, 2011

There’s also the trick of cracking the egg into your hand and letting the whites drip through your fingers. It works. but yeah, it sure does make for messy fingers. LOL

Kitchen Butterfly  on February 26th, 2011

I love this tutoria. When I travelled to Berlin earlier on in the year, I got an egg separator - a two piece set which has a sieve on top, for catching the yolk, with narrow slits for the white which go into the cup at the bottom

Esther  on March 1st, 2011

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I usually juggle it too. Then sometimes the egg yolk is pierced by the shell and I need to use another egg. :/ I never washed my eggs before too, great advice. Separating 25 eggs is such a pain! Your layer cake looks beautiful btw.

Mary  on March 3rd, 2011

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@pigpigscorner - I’m much impressed! I would have squashed most of the yolks :P

@RamblingTart - I hope this method helps. Have fun making creme brulees. I have to learn to make that. It’s SO delicious….mmmm :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! Hope you have a great day, too :D

@LeQuan - Just be prepared to enjoy more omelette :D

@Florian @ - Thanks very much, Florian! :D

@Anna Johnston - Thanks very much, Anna! That’s so sweet comment :D I haven’t learned your skill yet. I think one day I am going to try that just for some fun…hehe

@Carolyn Jung - I have to try that…have all those slimy whites run through my fingers and probably squashing the egg yolks…haha :D

@Kitchen Butterfly - That’s such a smart gadget! Must be very neat way to separate eggs, too :D

@Esther - That’s skill…to juggle between 2 egg shells! I can’t do that. I think I will be juggling it forever…LOL :D

Cook.Bake.Love  on March 25th, 2011

That’s how I separate my egg yolk too but I always worry I may ruin all the white if one of the yolk break so I usually break the egg in another bowl first.

gardner6167  on February 28th, 2012

do you have to use two spoons or just one, do you put the table spoon under the first spoon, i am confused !

Mary  on February 29th, 2012

@gardner6167 - Thanks very much for dropping by :D You only need one spoon to do the trick. Just gently push the spoon underneath the egg yolk and gently lift it up. The egg white will slip off. Give a try. Have fun!

gambler821  on August 3rd, 2012

Mary, I also use my hands to separate eggs. You don’t have to have a ton of dexterity. Gravity pretty much does all the work. Here is a video if you want to see a chef demonstrate it:

Peggy  on August 10th, 2012

Mary, I always separate that sticky white stuff that wants to hang on to the egg white, or the yolk itself…Been doing this for years, but forgot WHY…Do you know ?

Mary  on August 10th, 2012

@Peggy - Oh, so sorry I don’t know why too. I never bother to remove it. After beating, I think it’s not noticeable. Maybe you can try the same recipe next time, but without separating it. Would love to know if there’s any difference. Hope you have lots of fun cooking and baking :D

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