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How do you safely separate raw egg yolks from whites?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I have taken to eating raw egg yolks on a nearly daily basis. I get more than enough protein from meat, so I don't need the whites. To separate them, I crack them in a bowl, use a spoon to scoop out the yolk, and then move the spoon back and forth until the gooey whites fall off. I put the yolk in my hand, and pick off the little stringy white piece, and then wash it off under running water (the yolks are incredibly resilient, and do not break under running water). Would this be enough to clean off the raw whites?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on May 24, 2013
at 02:21 PM

To be fair, I do appreciate the value of bone broth, and consume broth only a few times a week. There are lots o nutrients in there. I consume it as a soup, not a drink.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 24, 2013
at 01:16 PM

You doubt its magical powers as a health elixir?!

D74288318247c62923457d39a068e3a7

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on May 24, 2013
at 07:50 AM

Yeah. Too good to be true.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on May 24, 2013
at 02:19 AM

haha, bone broth is great..... for flavoring rice, soups, an stews.

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on May 24, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Always funny seeing folks go ga-ga over the yolks. Not nearly as overhyped as bone broth but up there. ;)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 24, 2013
at 01:05 AM

I've never done it that way, but it's just too slick. :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 23, 2013
at 09:58 PM

yea.. overkill to be rinsing the yolk. if its a rotten egg its a rotten egg.

B274e0101bdbdb76d8feb4595f7b8b58

on May 23, 2013
at 08:05 PM

It's just that I like being able to get the nutrition of about 4 yolks a day without having to make eggs the protein portion of my meal. There really isn't any nutrition in the whites, so on most days, I like to eat meat and use yolks as a source of micronutrients and fat. I'm still going to eat whole eggs when I want eggs, but I don't want to have to eat whole eggs on a daily basis just to get the yolks.

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on May 23, 2013
at 04:26 PM

Isn't there only about 3g of protein in the whites (about half)? I've always read that. I hear you're saying you don't 'need' the protein but why waste it? You didn't mention how many eggs you're using, so possibly if you're eating 5, that makes about 15g protein you're binning. Again, that's fine but I just wouldn't pitch them. You could store them in a bowl for a couple of days and make an egg white omelette with veg that's easily portable for some times when you're on the run. That's what I do if making custard at holidays.

B274e0101bdbdb76d8feb4595f7b8b58

on May 23, 2013
at 04:10 PM

I'm not allergic to the whites. I just don't need them, and would prefer to just eat the raw yolks. I only use pastured eggs from farmers' markets, so there's no worry about contamination.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on May 23, 2013
at 03:47 PM

I just crack the egg into my hand and then let the whites drip through.

Are you allergic to the whites? If you are tyring to avoid salmonella, just removing teh whites will not do. Salmonella weakens cellular wall structure. It can certainly permeate the yolks. You best bet is to use fresh eggs from farms you can trust.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Always funny seeing folks go ga-ga over the yolks. Not nearly as overhyped as bone broth but up there. ;)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 24, 2013
at 02:19 AM

haha, bone broth is great..... for flavoring rice, soups, an stews.

B274e0101bdbdb76d8feb4595f7b8b58

on May 23, 2013
at 04:10 PM

I'm not allergic to the whites. I just don't need them, and would prefer to just eat the raw yolks. I only use pastured eggs from farmers' markets, so there's no worry about contamination.

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on May 23, 2013
at 04:26 PM

Isn't there only about 3g of protein in the whites (about half)? I've always read that. I hear you're saying you don't 'need' the protein but why waste it? You didn't mention how many eggs you're using, so possibly if you're eating 5, that makes about 15g protein you're binning. Again, that's fine but I just wouldn't pitch them. You could store them in a bowl for a couple of days and make an egg white omelette with veg that's easily portable for some times when you're on the run. That's what I do if making custard at holidays.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2013
at 01:16 PM

You doubt its magical powers as a health elixir?!

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on May 23, 2013
at 09:58 PM

yea.. overkill to be rinsing the yolk. if its a rotten egg its a rotten egg.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 24, 2013
at 02:21 PM

To be fair, I do appreciate the value of bone broth, and consume broth only a few times a week. There are lots o nutrients in there. I consume it as a soup, not a drink.

B274e0101bdbdb76d8feb4595f7b8b58

on May 23, 2013
at 08:05 PM

It's just that I like being able to get the nutrition of about 4 yolks a day without having to make eggs the protein portion of my meal. There really isn't any nutrition in the whites, so on most days, I like to eat meat and use yolks as a source of micronutrients and fat. I'm still going to eat whole eggs when I want eggs, but I don't want to have to eat whole eggs on a daily basis just to get the yolks.

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62fafa8cb15af7c562fa8c270f7b6174

on May 23, 2013
at 03:04 PM

I suggest you just neatly crack the shell and half over a container to catch the whites. Toss the yolk back and forth between the shell and it will shed the white. You may need to pinch off white stringy thing. Then dump the yolk in its container.

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D74288318247c62923457d39a068e3a7

(116)

on May 23, 2013
at 03:42 PM

D74288318247c62923457d39a068e3a7

(116)

on May 24, 2013
at 07:50 AM

Yeah. Too good to be true.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 24, 2013
at 01:05 AM

I've never done it that way, but it's just too slick. :)

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9712e4ce885436e557751cfa6ffedd5a

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on May 24, 2013
at 09:48 AM

I use my hands to separate the yolks from the whites, making sure to pinch off any white that wont come off easily. Then I lay the yolks onto a paper towel and roll them around on it and eventually off into a container. The paper towel removes anything my hands didn't and leaves the yolks rather devoid of even small amounts of egg white that cling to the yolk and make it seem moist.

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34a31e6e59ee73ac7ddfd96c3e653919

on May 24, 2013
at 12:40 AM

yea the best way to do it is to crack it and catch it in your hands letting the white slip through your fingers, you may have to pass it back and forth between your hands a couple times...and trust me on this, i often have to separate the yolks from 100 eggs in one sitting at work haha.

and whites are high in avidin especially when raw which binds to biotin and causes a deficiency. All you really get out of whites is some protien, so i normally just toss them and only use the yolk

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on May 23, 2013
at 09:57 PM

i wash the egg then i just do this..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPEUf4Wugyk

quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

i used to pick out that little stringy white bit but dont bother anymore. If there happens to be any trace of egg white i dont worry about that either.

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