Separating Egg Yolk and White – Best Method?

Eggs are some of the most nutritious foods out there. You can get your dose of protein from the egg white while you can get your fat and cholesterol intake from the yolk. Depending on what you want to cook, the recipe may call for the egg whites to be separated from the yolk. (Or perhaps you just prefer eating only the egg whites).

This is where the challenge begins. There are so many ways to separate the yolk from the egg white. Here are 3 popular ways, but…which is the best method?

The Egg Shell Method

With this method, you essentially crack and break the egg shell in half, and then you use the shells to separate the yolk. Your goal is to essentially roll the egg yolk back and forth between the egg shell halves. In the process, the egg white will scrape across the edge of the eggshell half and falls off while the yolk stays in the egg shell “bowl”.

  • Pros:
    • No need for tools (except for the egg shell halves)
    • Very cost effective
  • Cons:
    • If not careful, the egg shell edge might puncture the yolk which will leak into the bowl of egg whites
    • Requires some precision and skill

The Hand Method

For this technique, you basically use your hands to separate the yolk. First, crack open the egg and let it sit on your hand. You then allow gravity to cause the egg white to fall between your fingers while the egg yolk sits in your hand. Lastly, you will need to pass the egg yolk back and forth between hands to get more egg white to fall off.

  • Pros:
    • Very cost effective method
    • All you need is your hands
  • Cons:
    • Can be a bit messy (unless you do not mind hands getting dirty)
    • Requires some skill
    • Accidental drop of yolk which might burst in pool of egg whites or fall on kitchen counter
    • Some egg white might be stuck to the yolk still

The Suction/Vacuum Method

This technique requires a tool. The most cost effective tool is to use an empty water bottle. Simply squeeze the bottle to create a vacuum. Then you hover that squeezed bottle over the egg yolk. Let go of the squeeze on the bottle (without dropping the bottle). Watch as the yolk gets sucked into the water bottle.

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If you prefer a fancier tool than the water bottle, you can purchase a cuter looking tool like the egg yolk separator that resembles an animal!

  • Pros:
    • Yolk gets separated very clean.
    • Fun to use if you like tools
    • Does not require too much precision and skill
  • Cons:
    • The need to use an external tool like an empty water bottle or egg yolk separator.
    • With the bottle, you can throw away after using it. With the egg yolk separator, you’ll have to wash (fortunately, it doesn’t take a long time).

What IS the Best Method?

There is no best method. They all get the job done by separating the yolk from the egg white. It all just comes down to what your preferences are. Therefore, use what works for you!

Summary

When it comes down to what is the best technique for separating the egg yolk, there really isn’t one method. While one techniques works extremely well for one person, it might not be so for another.

Some individuals prefer the minimalist method of just using only what one has. This can take some skill and practice. Others might prefer fancier tools like the egg yolk separator tool.

Ultimately, use the technique that is most comfortable to you and that will guarantee the best result. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques too, you might discover a method that you will really enjoy!

Looking for other food hacks? Maybe some ways to make the batter of deep fried foods crispier? Or perhaps some methods for more flavorful pasta?

Did you enjoy this article? What method works best for you? Please leave a comment below!

12 thoughts on “Separating Egg Yolk and White – Best Method?”

  1. Egg yolk separator, Hmm. I never tried it because i like to eat the whole egg coz it makes it tastier. And also I never ate white alone and yellow alone. My teacher and many elders use to say that yellow is not good for your help coz it has so much cholesterol. But when I grew up and learnt that there are 2 types of cholesterol, bad and good, and the yolk contains good one.

    But there are some occasions when the separation is needed. I would definitely try one of those at home techniques and share my experience with others

    Thanks for sharing quite simple but effective in its form information.

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    • Hello Nabeel! I also enjoy eating the entire egg. It wasn’t until I tried baking that yolk separation was needed. You are right that egg yolk has a lot of nutrition and particularly the good cholesterol.

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  2. I prefer the method using the  plastic bottle. It may not be as fancy as the other methods but it does the work too. Simply cracking the egg and emptying its contents into a container. Then placing the plastic bottle upside down, so that the mouth touches the yolk, squeezing the bottle and then releasing it suddenly. Yeah, this is a cool way to absorbe the yolk. Please be careful emptying the yolk into another container. I haddone it for several eggs today and then I spilled it.

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  3. Thanks for posting this enjoyable article. I must admit, it sorta reminded me of watchin wiley coyote comin up with another plan to get Roadrunner. The best, tidiest and easiest otion i know only requires an egg cup, a sauces and bowl.

    1. Crack egg into saucer

    2. Cover yolk with egg cup

    3. tilt the plate and run the Egg White off into a bowl

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  4. Thanks for these methods of how to separate the egg yolks. My best method is the eggshell method. It does not take any extra tools and I do not end up getting my hands nasty with the eggs. I like your site. Life hacks are fun to learn and really great because they are common-sense solutions that I never seen to figure out on my own.

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    • Hello there, Al! You are welcome. I personally do the eggshell method too. It’s a pretty clean method. I am happy to hear you like my site. I get excited when I discover new life hacks and will continue to share them here.

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  5. Hi!! I found this post very interesting.  I like to eat the whole egg also, mostly scrambled, fried or boiled. When the recipe calls for either the white only or yolks, I usually separate using the shell.  I do have a plastic separator. I have never heard of using a water bottle before.  Thanks for this information!!

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    • Hello there! The water bottle trick is a pretty fun way to separate the yolk from the egg white. That’s awesome that you have a plastic separator.

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  6. Boy Mike, what an opportune time to read your article. I just started a new diet and workout routine and having egg whites in the morning is part of the regime. I tried three of your methods and the one that works well for me is separating the white and yolk in the shell halves. I tried the in my hand method and the egg white went everywhere but unto the dish I had placed under my hand; and it also felt really weird having that gushy egg stuff in my hand.

    As far as the vacuum method, I thought this was going to be the “go to” method to separate the whites and the yolks; what a waste of seven eggs. I couldn’t get anything to separate using the water bottle. First attempt sucked the whole egg inside, second attempt same thing; on all other attempts some of the egg wound up in the bottle and the other on the table or in my hand. I gave up and went back to the first method.

    Your article was informative, timely (for me), but most important, it was a fun read. I really enjoyed your detailed instructions and the enthusiasm I felt in your article. Let me know when you do an article on how to make almond milk!

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    • Hello there! Sorry that the vacuum method didn’t work for you. Perhaps a lighter and slower squeeze on the bottle, the use of a smaller bottle, or angling the bottle to be lower (more parallel to the counter as opposed to perpendicular) might help. Then again, each person has their own preference for technique and there is no one correct way. Separating using the 2 shell halves is my preferred method as well.

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