Guest Blog by: Midge
How many eggs did I crack to extract one yolk perfectly? I admit it took me five tries the first time I tried to separate an egg yolk from an egg white. Once I actually dropped the egg on the floor before I even attempted to crack it. Just call me butter fingers! But most of the other times, I ended up puncturing the egg with the sharp side of the shell or losing the egg yolk into the bowl while shifting the yolk from shell to shell.
I watched some chefs on TV (and the internet – check out my links below) cracking eggs with ease. I never had a need to learn this technique until the dessert I was making for my husband called for five egg yolks (read my first Crème Brule posts here: Midge Blog #1 and Midge Blog#2). At first, I made an alternative recipe that used the whole egg but then I got brave. What could be so hard about separating eggs?
When my husband and I got married, we received a variety of odds and ends kitchen gadgets. We have a small pile of these utensils in which we have never figured out their use in the kitchen. I was sure that one of the tools looked like it just might be the answer to my egg separating woes.
After attempting to separate eggs using this tool, I discovered I was wrong. It definitely was not the right utensil unless I was cracking ostrich eggs! The yolk fell right down the middle and broke into the bowl.
I had to go back to doing it by hand. But, on the bright side of things, I taught my niece how to separate eggs during my lengthy, egg wasting learning process. We also ended up with omelets for dinner several nights in a row. So, all is well that ends well, right?
But, I am still curious about the purpose of this odd kitchen gadget? It is stainless steel and looks like a giant lollipop… Any ideas?
I will try to post a picture… this is only my third time blogging so bear with me as I learn the ins and outs of posting!