Professional cooks often use one hand to break eggs and save time, but it can also be a fun skill to impress your family and friends. With a little practice, you can even start cracking two eggs at once! Follow the tips below and train hard!
Part 1 of 2: Cracking eggs
Step 1. Hold the egg as you did with the ping pong balls
The thumb and index finger should be holding the smallest part of the egg, while the middle and ring finger press the other end against the palm of the hand.
Practice in a bowl or other such container so that you can pick up the pieces of bark that accidentally fall out
Step 2. Break the egg right in half
Normally, you should beat the egg against the edge of the container into which you're going to pour the food. Another option would be to tap it against a flat surface, to have less risk of popping the yolk and contaminating the food with the shell bacteria.
The point of impact should be between the thumb and index finger, right in the middle
Step 3. Open the egg
Hold the crack down over a pan or bowl. Separate the top half with the thumb, index, and middle finger while holding the bottom half with the palm of your hand. The contents of the egg must fall out; if it doesn't, bend your hand or open the halves a little more.
Try pouring the yolk close to the surface and pulling the shell up quickly. Thus, the process will be more agile
Step 4. Take care of the husks
If you're going to open a lot of eggs, try stacking the halves and returning them to the original container for later discarding. If you prefer, throw them in the trash right away or save them for composting.
If you drop any piece of bark in the pan or bowl, remove it with a fork after discarding the rest of the bark
Step 5. Practice the movement
If you train hard, you'll soon be able to crack the egg quickly, separating the halves and pouring the contents into the pan without accidents.
- Also practice with your non-dominant hand to impress others even more!
- Professional cooks typically break two eggs at a time to speed up recipes, but you can do this just to impress your family when you prepare an omelet.
Part 2 of 2: Practicing the movement
Step 1. Hold two ping pong balls
They should be in the palm of your hand, with one front facing towards your fingers and the other towards the back.
Another option would be to use golf balls
Step 2. Place a coin between the balls
Then squeeze them to hold the coin. The thumb, index and middle finger should hold one ball, while the other fingers hold the other ball against the palm.
Once you get the finger position right, turn your hand over, holding the balls as you would an egg
Step 3. Separate the balls
The movement must be done with the first three fingers. The little finger and ring finger should hold the ball from behind against the palm.
To begin the movement, visualize the thumb pulling away from the palm and taking the ball with it
- Sometimes looking away helps. By not looking at the eggs, you don't run the risk of focusing "too much", which can get in the way.
- If you are having difficulty, turn the egg over and continue cracking it around the circumference. That way, it will be easier to open it in half.
- You can collect the broken pieces of bark using the bark itself. Use one of the broken halves to "catch" the pieces that fall into the pot or bowl.
- Raw eggs contain salmonella, so wash your hands and surfaces that come into contact with food.
- Keep a cloth and disinfectant nearby to clean up the dirt. This way, you don't run the risk of contaminating other foods with raw eggs.