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11/04/2011 11:14 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

How To Separate Eggs

For 60 years, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. In this video series, experienced chefs and educators show you how to tackle essential cooking techniques.

Watch this video to learn how to crack an egg and separate the yolk from the egg white.

Video Transcript


I'm Chef Scott Swartz from the Culinary Institute of America, and I'm going to show you this kitchen basic: how to separate an egg.

First we're going to take our egg and we're going to crack it down on the counter. By cracking it on the table instead of the edge of the bowl, I get a cleaner cut, and it won't puncture my yolk.

I gently separate my two shells, and I allow my egg white to drip into one bowl. I gently move the yolk from shell to shell, and I just slide it back until there's no more egg white running off - and separate the yolk into another bowl.

So I've got a perfectly separated egg yolk and egg white.