How to Separate Eggs: A Step-by-Step Guide

Read these easy tips and instructions for success every time you separate eggs, then watch our how-to video.

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Many recipes call for separated eggs. Whether you're using the whites or yolks, here are two good food-safe ways to get the job done.

Tip: Safety First
Always be sure to wash your hands before and after working with eggs.

First Method: Egg Separator
You can purchase an egg separator from any housewares store.

How to Use an Egg Separator
Place the egg separator over a bowl and crack an egg into it. Note: This is safer than using a shell to separate.

Instant Separation
Watch the white fall down and the yolk stay up.

Tip for Extras
Store leftover whites or yolks separately in the refrigerator or freezer.

Second Method: Spoon
This is the other food-safe way to separate an egg.

Scoop
Crack an egg into a bowl and scoop out the yolk with a spoon.

Steady as She Goes
Use the side of the bowl to help balance...

... the yolk on the spoon.

Crack the Code
Now you're ready to whip, scramble, bake and make puddings. So if it's egg whites or yolks you're after, you've learned two ways to accomplish a smooth, food-safe separation. Watch our how-to video for more.

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