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A random thought: can you shake an egg vigorously enough to beat it inside its own shell? Aside from this patent I can find nothing about this. Any thoughts, recipes?

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Since the usual way to beat an egg is with a whisk, rather than a spoon, I would imagine the shaking method would lack the necessary dynamics for a proper beating. –  Steve Oct 26 '12 at 22:40
    
I know I've seen someone somewhere make boiled eggs that are scrambled in their shell first, so they come out the colour of scrambled eggs... it involved putting the egg in a stocking and spinning it around very quickly... i'll see if i can hunt it down. –  TJ Ellis Oct 27 '12 at 22:25
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Someone made an instructable on how to make what they call a Japanese Golden Egg (although a search for that just gave me lots of hits on Angry Birds); they spin the egg quickly, breaking up the internal structure, and then boil it to get a scrambled-egg-colored boiled egg.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrambled-Eggs-still-in-the-Shell-/

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That's it! That's what I wanted! –  Andrei Oct 28 '12 at 3:06
    
That's crazy. I'll have to try it. –  Megasaur May 4 '13 at 23:27
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There are a few devices out there. Most involve poking a tiny hole in the shell to insert some sort of needle on the device which breaks the yolk. That seems to be the main challenge, rather than creating the speed necessary to mix the white and yolk components.

The infamous Ronco offers a $25 item that doesn't seem to have a needle, but its reviews are rather poor.

You might try the paint-shaker machine at a home improvement store; it'd be a fun experiment if you didn't mind cleaning up a few messes. :^D

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It is unlikely that simply shaking by hand will beat an egg. Eggs have inner anchors called chalazae that affix the yolk to the membrane. It is also cushioned by the membranes and an air pocket.

Anatomy of an egg: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/eggs/eggcomposition.html

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Agree - I have tried! –  tentonipete Oct 28 '12 at 9:31
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@tentonipete: If it were possible to generate enough velocity just shaking the egg by hand, men would probably have better success than women just from, er, prior, similar actions... ;^) –  MargeGunderson Nov 2 '12 at 1:46
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Yes you can! This video shows how to securely attach a raw egg to a power drill, then use the drill to scramble the egg inside the shell.

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A summary of the method would improve the quality of this answer, in case the link goes down. –  SAJ14SAJ May 4 '13 at 15:23
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I just vigorously shook an egg (by hand) and when I cracked it, it came out like nothing had even happened.

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