A short and quick tutorial on how to crack an egg with one hand.
“Can you show us how to crack an egg with one hand?” asked my classmate in the Le Cordon Bleu cooking class. We were doing a session on how to cook eggs (sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, omelettes, poached and shirred) but, as usual, it was the little simple things that caught my attention and made me take note. I’ve always been the sort of person envious of those cooks that can crack an egg with one hand, it looked so bad ass and casual at the same time. But I’ve never thought to ask anyone to teach it to me.
Turns out, the reason cooks do it’s so casually is because it’s pretty easy to do. The first trick is to make sure to crack the egg firmly on a flat surface. If you crack the egg on the edge of a bowl (which a lot of people do) there’s more chance that a stray piece of shell will break off and that means a higher chance of broken yolk or worse having to fish the shell piece out of the bowl or pan (a nearly Sisyphean task).
Once you’ve cracked the egg, you make a motion similar to snapping your fingers, but with the egg in your hand. The idea is to keep your thumb and index finger on the top half of the egg shell, while the middle finger anchors the bottom half of the shell against your palm near the your thumb. Pull up with thumb and index finger while holding onto the bottom half of the shell and release egg into your bowl or pan. Simple right?
Of course, pictures can only explain it so much, so I made as short tutorial video as well to help you crack eggs single handed. Soon you’ll be an insouciant bad ass in the kitchen cracking eggs one handed with abandon.
This past week I shared tips, tricks and recipes that I learned while taking a class at Le Cordon Bleu. You check out some of my other posts from this week. Thanks for stopping by!
Photo Essay: Le Cordon Bleu Techniques I Class
Homemade Gnocchi, an easy two-ingredient recipe
Peeling Carrots Like a Pro (including a video tutorial)
Tea Smoked Shrimp Vegetable Ribbon Salad and Asian Pesto