Could anyone point me to a good video on cracking an egg and then separating the white and the yolk? I need to improve my technique. For every few eggs that I crack I end up with little bits of egg shell in the white that I then have to pick out.
I find the site startcooking.com particularly useful for some quick videos that are narrated clearly, photographed neatly, and generally are better in quality than those found on Youtube.
Here is the video at that site: http://startcooking.com/video/295/Crack-and-Separate-an-Egg
That said, there are many such videos on Youtube that might be useful also:
Just crack the egg and empty the contents into the slightly closed fingers of your hand. Spread the fingers a little over a bowl, to let the white run out, place the yoke in a separate bowl.
I accidentally found a slick way to separate the egg yolk from the white: before cracking, shake the egg like crazy. I expected the egg to to be scrambled after doing this, but when I cracked it open into the frying pan, the yolk was intact! The yolk just slipped away from the egg white, frying completely separately.
Related trivia: you can use this technique to make an egg stand upright on its own.
Check THIS one out! It went viral for good reason - I've tried it, it works just like in the video! She slightly squeezes a plastic water bottle and presses the opening against the top of the yolk, then releases the pressure on the bottle. The resulting vacuum sucks the clean yolk (no white at all) into the bottle. Another squeeze and the yolk is deposited in another bowl. She picks up and deposits the same yolk repeatedly. It's headshaking - Why didn't I think of that?! No more eggy fingers.