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Best method for removing egg whites?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2010 at 5:55 PM

There are apparently a few reasons for dispensing with the egg white portion of an egg, and just eat the yolk:

What is the best way to accomplish this?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:29 PM

Also, I think the passing-through-the-hand method is the best- no bits of egg shell, easy, don't have to buy and wash a fancy gadget.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Yeah, I find this method results in little shell pieces breaking off sometimes- I prefer cracking it into my hands (used to do this at work when I had to separate 40 eggs for each batch of ice cream). Depends on the kind of shell (older chickens usually have more fragile shells too) I guess.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Not true that being careful with the shell will stop salmonella contamination- salmonella contamination comes from the ovary of the chicken, so the bacterium will be present in the yolk (sometimes the white). There is a chance that there could be some on the outside of the egg, but if you buy supermarket eggs the outside is sterilized. If you are using farm-fresh eggs, they were usually just hand washed (that used to be my job, haha, big pain). All-in-all: more likely the salmonella is on the INSIDE of the egg.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on August 18, 2010
at 06:24 PM

@Fearsclave -- if you look at modern hunter-gatherers like the !Kung you see that they DON'T eat the shells. Same with animals that scavenge other animals' eggs like foxes.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on August 18, 2010
at 12:18 AM

:-) Yep I smiled.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2010
at 04:27 AM

Or dry the shells and crumble them for your chickens because that makes the shells stronger,

0fd24d837dbad54740f53cc5f72068a0

(285)

on April 24, 2010
at 06:46 PM

salmonella contamination comes from the exterior of the shell, so if you take care that the yolk/white doesn't touch the exterior of the egg shell, there shouldn't be a problem.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 23, 2010
at 09:21 AM

Ditto this. No reason to go out and buy a gadget. Waste of money! Carefully crack the egg, roll the yolk back and forth from one to the other a few times and voila! Be sure to give that egg white to your dog/cat/earthworms and use the shells for your plants. ;)

9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on April 22, 2010
at 09:00 PM

Just toss the yolk back and forth as many times as you think necessary to remove the white. I couldn't tell you how the other methods compare in removing all traces of white.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:52 PM

We've just had a really old cheap on at home from years ago that works just fine. They are all prety much the same. However this one is definatly the funniest :) http://www.amazon.com/Birchstone-Studios-Snot-A-Mug-Egg-Separator/dp/B0000CFGP6/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1271969441&sr=8-13

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:37 PM

How hard is it to prevent some egg whites from sneaking through?

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:36 PM

I suppose that requires extra care for salmonella contamination?

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:19 PM

Is there a particular type or brand you would recommend?

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9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:29 PM

Just use the broken shell, passing the yolk from one half to the other.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:37 PM

How hard is it to prevent some egg whites from sneaking through?

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 23, 2010
at 09:21 AM

Ditto this. No reason to go out and buy a gadget. Waste of money! Carefully crack the egg, roll the yolk back and forth from one to the other a few times and voila! Be sure to give that egg white to your dog/cat/earthworms and use the shells for your plants. ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 07, 2010
at 04:27 AM

Or dry the shells and crumble them for your chickens because that makes the shells stronger,

9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on April 22, 2010
at 09:00 PM

Just toss the yolk back and forth as many times as you think necessary to remove the white. I couldn't tell you how the other methods compare in removing all traces of white.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:28 PM

Yeah, I find this method results in little shell pieces breaking off sometimes- I prefer cracking it into my hands (used to do this at work when I had to separate 40 eggs for each batch of ice cream). Depends on the kind of shell (older chickens usually have more fragile shells too) I guess.

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C76eced60ac16a6a95551cf2f319820f

(401)

on April 22, 2010
at 06:45 PM

Just pass it through your hand

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:36 PM

I suppose that requires extra care for salmonella contamination?

0fd24d837dbad54740f53cc5f72068a0

(285)

on April 24, 2010
at 06:46 PM

salmonella contamination comes from the exterior of the shell, so if you take care that the yolk/white doesn't touch the exterior of the egg shell, there shouldn't be a problem.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Not true that being careful with the shell will stop salmonella contamination- salmonella contamination comes from the ovary of the chicken, so the bacterium will be present in the yolk (sometimes the white). There is a chance that there could be some on the outside of the egg, but if you buy supermarket eggs the outside is sterilized. If you are using farm-fresh eggs, they were usually just hand washed (that used to be my job, haha, big pain). All-in-all: more likely the salmonella is on the INSIDE of the egg.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 02, 2012
at 08:29 PM

Also, I think the passing-through-the-hand method is the best- no bits of egg shell, easy, don't have to buy and wash a fancy gadget.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on August 17, 2010
at 07:27 PM

Removing the Whites...

best-method-for-removing-egg-whites?

Now how to catch the yolk...

Hope some of you smiled

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on August 18, 2010
at 12:18 AM

:-) Yep I smiled.

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1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on August 17, 2010
at 07:56 PM

If you really want to minimize the whites, I imagine you could hard-boil it. The yolk should pop right out.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on April 22, 2010
at 07:08 PM

Buy an egg separator. It will save you a lot of mess and dropped yoke. There are lots of types.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Egg+White+Separator&x=0&y=0

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:52 PM

We've just had a really old cheap on at home from years ago that works just fine. They are all prety much the same. However this one is definatly the funniest :) http://www.amazon.com/Birchstone-Studios-Snot-A-Mug-Egg-Separator/dp/B0000CFGP6/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1271969441&sr=8-13

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on April 22, 2010
at 08:19 PM

Is there a particular type or brand you would recommend?

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 02, 2012
at 08:14 PM

David,

This egg separator is kind of pricey but it works really well:

http://www.amazon.com/Pampered-Chef-Egg-Separator-1187/dp/B0015NWM5C

I bought one for my Mom and she really likes it.

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Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on August 17, 2010
at 07:48 PM

I bet that Grok at the entire egg, shells included. Mind you, Grok wasn't getting eggs from soya-fed industrial chickens at the grocery store, but I figure that if you stick to organic free-range eggs (real organic free-range, not the certified travesties of same you find at Whole Foods, preferably bought from a local farmer) you'll be fine.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on August 18, 2010
at 06:24 PM

@Fearsclave -- if you look at modern hunter-gatherers like the !Kung you see that they DON'T eat the shells. Same with animals that scavenge other animals' eggs like foxes.

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