How To Separate Egg Whites

How to separate egg whites the proper way.

If for some reasons, you’d like to separate egg whites from the yolk, here is the best method of doing it without getting your hand messy.

how to separate egg whites

How To Separate Egg Whites Using Plastic Bottle.

  1. Crack the egg gently into a plate. Make sure the yolk is intact.
  2. Get an empty plastic bottle.
  3. Squeeze the empty bottle so as to push away the air inside the bottle.
  4. Place the mouth of the empty bottle on the egg yolk inside the plate
  5. Release the bottle in an attempt to allow air to flow into the bottle.

That’s the simplest way of separating egg whites from the yolk.

If for some reasons you don’t want to use the method described above; let let’s explore three other methods, and you can choose the most appropriate one for yourself.

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Separate Egg Whites Using Your Hand.

This method is a bit old school and messy, but it would get you the desired result. Since you choose not to use the bottle method; let’s explore the method of separating egg whites using you hand.

  1. Get two plates ready. One for the egg whites and the other for the yolk.
  2. Wash you two hands thoroughly.
  3. Fold one of your palm to form a sieve.
  4. Once the egg is cracked, pour the content (both yolk and whites) on your folded palm.
  5. Gently allow the passage of the egg white through the space between your fingers into one of the bowl.
  6. Once the egg whites is full separated, pour the yolk into the second bowl.

Messy huh?

Of course there are other methods of separating egg whites from the yolk; another method is the use of egg separator.

How To Separate Egg Whites Using Egg Separator.

This method is close to perfect; I would have called it perfect; except that it would cost you about $2 to get an egg separator on amazon. Other than that; the method is as good as the bottle method.

  1. Crack the egg into the egg separator
  2. Shake the separator until the egg whites passes through the sieve into the plate placed beneath.

How to Separate Egg Whites Using Other Kitchen Tools

If you choose not to use any of the methods suggested above; then you can use any other kitchen tools.

The most important feature of the tools is that; it must be able to hold the egg yolk while the albumen; egg whites passes through it.

Example of such tool is the slotted spoon and of course the common funnels that we use in the kitchen.

The funnel is another good option; however you should be careful while shaking it to preventing mixing the yolk with the egg whites which would render the purpose of the separation meaningless.

Others Methods Of Separating Egg Whites.

There is another method that is pretty common; provided you’re separating the egg whites of a single egg and you’re in a hurry and don’t have the luxury of time to get the required tools for the separation.

If you find yourself in such situation; here is a quick way (not the best though) of separating egg whites from it’s yolk.

  1. Mark the egg along the middle; usually this is the region with the broadest diameter. It’s where the egg looks really big.
  2. Make a smart crack along that line and carefully remove one-half of the shell while you pour it’s content into the other shell. Watch out for the yolk!
  3. Now, carefully pour the egg whites from one-half shell to the other,

This method is not the fastest; but it might come handy in case you can lay your hands on the right tools.

Science Of How To Separate Egg Whites

It’s gradually becoming an habit for me; I won’t share a trick/experiment/tips with you without talking about the science behind; after all that’s where the real lesson lies.

Eggs, just like every other item on planet earth; gravity would always have it’s effect on it.

In an egg there are two major contents; we have the egg yolk and the egg whites. But there is a slight different between the two.

The egg white is more liquid in nature compared to the egg yolk which is a little bit solidify (a little bit!).

What this means in the real sense of it is that; the molecule that makes up the egg whites have more freedom (they can move freely and faster) compared to those of the egg yolk (which have lesser speed because they’re closely binded together; being semi solid)

So when you try to pour egg white along the force of gravity; they move faster than egg yolk because of the free movement of the molecules that constitute them.

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