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My 6yr old granddaughter loves to bake with her Nanny (me). She is full of questions and observations and talks non-stop throughout the process much to my delight. This year she felt she was old enoug
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Cracking eggs

posted at 10/13/2008 11:56 AM EDT
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My 6yr old granddaughter loves to bake with her Nanny (me). She is full of questions and observations and talks non-stop throughout the process much to my delight. This year she felt she was old enough to crack the eggs into the bowl by herself. I demonstrated with the first one and told her to remember to PULL the shell apart and just let the egg drop into the bowl. She did very well cracking that poor egg but the part about pulling turned into a push and the whole mess landed into the batter amidst much laughter. We made pumpkin pies (homemade filling) and muffins and by the last batch she has (not quite) mastered cracking eggs for baking. Another treasured memory.

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posted at 8/23/2011 8:16 PM EDT
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Cracking eggs without dropping any shells can be tricky.  My Mom always had me break them into a different bowl & then add them to the main mixture.  That way it was easy to remove any shells that happened to fall in.

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posted at 8/30/2011 5:50 AM EDT
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What a great way for her to learn how to crack eggs.  I crack eggs into a separate bowl because once in a while you get a bad egg and also if you get a shell in it you can fish it out.

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posted at 8/30/2011 7:17 AM EDT
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Great story and memory.  I try to crack one at a time into a small bowl first and then add it.

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posted at 8/30/2011 8:22 AM EDT
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  I am cracking the eggs one at a time .

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posted at 8/30/2011 8:39 AM EDT
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I have taught my grandson that you crack the egg on a flat surface, like the counter to avoid driving egg shards into the egg.  The best way to get a piece of shell out of the egg once it is in the bowl is to use the shell to get it out, it seems that the shard you are trying to get out is attracted to the shell and it will float to it.
It takes practice but he is getting better at cracking them.  I tell him he can't be timid, when he does it slowly it seems that he gets more little pieces.

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posted at 8/30/2011 10:58 AM EDT
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I've cracked eggs one-handed for many years and occassionally a small piece of shell gets by me so I usually crack them into a separate bowl to be sure of not getting the shells into the batter.

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posted at 8/30/2011 11:00 AM EDT
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I have taught my grandson that you crack the egg on a flat surface, like the counter to avoid driving egg shards into the egg.  The best way to get a piece of shell out of the egg once it is in the bowl is to use the shell to get it out, it seems that the shard you are trying to get out is attracted to the shell and it will float to it. It takes practice but he is getting better at cracking them.  I tell him he can't be timid, when he does it slowly it seems that he gets more little pieces.
Posted by nikki p


Great tip Niki. Just goes to prove you can learn something new every day. Thanks.

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posted at 8/30/2011 11:01 AM EDT
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Nikki P, that's what my mother taught me.  Use the shell to remove a piece of shell.
My sister has twin daughters and when they were learning to bake (they are now 40)  she had to leave the kitchen when they were cracking the eggs, as she couldn't just watch.  She wanted to let them learn to do it and if she was in the room she would want to help.

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posted at 8/30/2011 1:11 PM EDT
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i use a bowel  then if there's shell  its not mixed  with what ever you are making i learned that the hard way

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posted at 8/30/2011 1:38 PM EDT
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I perfected the one-handed, one-whack on the side of the bowl method many years ago. My younger son is working on his egg-cracking skills now. I'll have to pass on the wise hint to use a separate bowl for the eggs until he masters this talent!

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posted at 8/30/2011 1:43 PM EDT
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One more thing - I hit the egg on the inside of the bowl instead of the outside edge, so there's no drips of egg white on the counter!

             
  

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posted at 8/30/2011 2:34 PM EDT
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Verlee,

EXCELLENT idea to crack the egg on the inside of the bowl.  I never thought of that, but it sure would avoid the mess on the counter.  Thanks.

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posted at 8/30/2011 3:39 PM EDT
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Great ideas everyone!  I did buy one of those egg-cracking gizmos but have yet to use it.  Seems everytime I crack an egg I've forgotten about it lol. 

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posted at 8/30/2011 3:51 PM EDT
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When baking and using lots of eggs I  always crack them on the flat counter top, then dump into a small separate bowl.
I've never before heard of using ...
"The best way to get a piece of shell out of the egg once it is in the bowl is to use the shell to get it out, it seems that the shard you are trying to get out is attracted to the shell and it will float to it." .......Nikki's great advice.
Thanks Nikki

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posted at 8/30/2011 3:57 PM EDT
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Great story thanks

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posted at 1/18/2013 6:41 AM EST
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Barefoot Contessa says she always cracks eggs into a separate bowl just in case you get a shwll into it it is much easire to remove.  Also, if you get a bad egg you won't ruin your recipe.

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posted at 2/8/2013 5:01 AM EST
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GRANA here; w/m dsibility ( only one  functionin hand & that one arthriticrhritic c I learned  a few ways to crack &  separate eggs w/.o shells gettingint the mixing bowl:
 Use a separate  smal cup or  bowl for  each egg;then  use half a shel to magically draw the shell or egg yolk  out of the bowl w/the shell half l  OR remove the yolk  from white   There are  also egg separator gadgets that keethe yolk  separate from the white ;then you use the shell half to remove tomove any shell pieces    It's never failed me &costs very litle for the help   it provides Smile 

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posted at 2/8/2013 9:57 AM EST
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Very cute story!

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posted at 2/8/2013 12:16 PM EST
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Great story. I could never crack them one handed. Cracking them
inside the bowl in a good idea so no drips are on the table.
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