How to Separate Yolks and Egg Whites

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Have a recipe that calls for either yolks or egg whites, separated? It tends to happen in the kitchen. Here’s how to separate yolks and egg whites for your needs!

There are plenty of tips, tricks and hacks out there for separating an egg, but I honestly prefer to do this the classical way. So let’s break some eggs in order to separate them!

Eggs are amongst the most nutritious foods in the world. They have a high content of vitamin A, folate, vitamin B5, B12, and B2, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin D, E, K, B6, calcium, and zinc! Not to mention plenty of protein, which is about 6 grams per egg and also 5 grams of healthy fats. Eating eggs regularly, without overdoing it, amounts to lowering the risk of heart disease, healthier eyes, lowering the risk of strokes.

How to separate yolks and egg whites in 8 easy steps

1. Gather your ingredients

You will need eggs. As many as you want. You will also need three bowls: one for the yolks, and another for the egg whites. What’s the third one for? Well, it’s best to break the egg over an empty bowl. So that if an accident happens with the egg, you have only lost one, and not all of the ones you had separated until then.

Remember: one broken yolk will make all your whites useless. But if that ever happens, you can make scrambled eggs out of this batch!

2. Chill the eggs

Especially if you’re a beginner, it’s best to use chilled eggs straight from the fridge. That happens because cold yolks are less likely to break than warm ones and much easier to separate from the whites.

3. Wash your hands

This is a delicate process. Hygiene is more important than ever.

4. Crack the egg gently

Crack the egg in the middle, gently, on one side of the bowl. The crack should be medium-sized, not too little, not too big. Enough to fit part of your thumbs.

5. Use thumbs to break the egg into halves

Stick the tip of your thumbs in the crack and open slowly, but surely. Separate it in half.

6. Move the yolk around

Now, the egg whites will start dripping off the edges of the two halves (this should happen over the bowl, don’t forget). Keep the yolk as a focal point and pour it from one half of the egg shell to the other. More egg white should be dripping at this point.

7. Gently drop the yolk

Make sure you don’t break it. Drop the yolk gently in its own bowl.

8. Repeat!

Transfer the egg white to its own bowl and keep going with the process!

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