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How cool! However, if you don't have an empty plastic bottle handy, just crack whole egg into a bowl, gently lift yolk out with your very clean fingers, transfer between fingers of each hand (over the bowl containing the remaining white)--and the white will slide right off leaving a clean, whole yolk to place in a second bowl. Try it.
Penzer--I have seen it done on TV with the hands... seems somewhat "sloppy"...
Long ago--Tupperware used to sell a small, funnel-like egg separator. It had an opening at the bottom
where the egg white would slide through--leaving the yolk in the funnel. Easy-Peasy!
It was a party gift--NOT sold...
More often than not--I just use the two shell halves to do this--back and forth between the shells.
I think most of us do this...
Try the fingers. I don't think you will ever go back to the back-and-forth shell thing. Not so sloppy--you get egg white on your fingers, you rinse them off. Best thing is how clean the yolk ends up. Much more efficient that the shell method. ~pen
Jo, you are right about the post. I think it's the title that caused the attention though I responded to yours first.
Pennzer's suggestion was spot on. Most of us were born with a funnel like devise at the end of our arms. If you touch your food you will have a connection to it. If separating an egg with your bare hands is offensive then think about how that meat got on your plate. I think it's gross to consider how many other hands may have touched my food before me. I know people who cook but will not cut a piece of raw meat or fish and buy all their produce in bags or pre-cut. In other words, they only eat packaged fish fillets as well as packaged beef cuts and salads. They also only eat cantaloupe or watermelon that comes cut up in containers because they think it's gross and messy to cut it up. I cook professionally for other people often and my hands are all over their food.
I start with clean hands and wash/rinse them frequently during the preparation and serving of food. I wouldn't pay to have a device to separate the yolk from the white, when fingers are free and reusable. What's gross is seeing how many restaurant servers wipe the tables and counters with a rag, and then pick up serving plates, At supermarkets, I see careless handling in the deli and meat counters, I even see cooks on television, brushing their hair back with their hands and then proceeding to cook...yuck. Wait staff with long hair used to be required to wear hairnets. Not any more. I've wandered a little off topic here...