two hands. Never mastered that. And to this day I am positive my grandmother cracked hers on her elbow but the family denies it.
Up until recently I had always used both hands as this is how I was taught to crack eggs. After watching many a chef on TV only use the one hand however, I thought I would give it a go. I found it much easier to do than I thought I would, I did get some shell in with the egg though, but after a bit of practice I mastered it.
Believe it or not .. I learnt to crack an egg with one hand after watching a scene in a Audrey Hepburn movie. There is a delightful scene in Sabrina - the chauffeurs daughter Sabrina ( Hepburn) goes to Paris to learn the culinary arts and is taught by the French chef how to crack an egg with one hand. ( The egg should be cracked with one hand, it should not be tormented nor crushed. Its all in the wrist.. one two three crack--- new egg!) Now I delight my kids with this skill which I find less messy and useful when you need your other hand to hold a pan or some such! Just goes to show you could learn anything from anywhere!
i crack with two, I have tried to one handed, but it looked like a bomb went off
I usually crack it with my 2 hands to make sure it is well-cracked.
here is a cool way to seprate yokes. It's in Chinese, but watch what she does. http://bbs.wenxuecity.com/cooking/1160651.html
wow, kathyinmn, that was a cool link! As the pirates might say, "Well, I'll be hornswoggled!"
I'm a chef and I crack eggs with one hand but even before I became a chef my mother use to crack eggs with one hand too. It was watching her that I learned how to do most of my cooking tricks she was a very good cook .
I crack them with one, but I open them with two. Sometimes, I knock two eggs together to crack one. It just all depends on what I'm cooking at the time.
Two hands. Just like a bird can't fly with one wing, I can't eat one with out two hands.
One egg with two hands. I am just too obsessive about getting shells in my food, though I do get shells every now and then. I am just not that talented. I appreciate those who can.
I use two hands. I found that when I use one hand egg shell always manages to get into the food. It's not good when you find some nice crunchy egg shell in your scrambled eggs.
I don't crack eggs with my hands - I use the edge of a cup or bowl
i crack my eggs with two hands, its very difficult for my to do like you
I do the same thing as Diana does. I crack it first on the side of a bowl or the pan and then use both my hands. I feel that if I used one hand I would end up with the shells in the pan or bowl.
35 years ago as a 15 year old kid working in McDonalds I learned how to crack eggs with one hand. Yes, believe it or not they use real eggs not powdered!
One handed if I am cracking them into a bowl to mix. Two handed if cracking directly into the pan or other ingredients. Don't want to find bits of shell in the food.
I crack it on the side of a bowl with one hand and then break apart the shell with two hands.
Oh, definitely one. I can't do it with two, I've never been able to. It always gets bits of eggshell stuck in my food. I don't think it's necessarily harder; to me, it just seems to be a different way of going about it. I remember my mother being quite impressed with me over it. Honestly, I didn't even know there was another way to crack eggs until then.
But I suppose I needn't worry much about it, being a vegan. I should be saying something like... let's ask the chickens which way they prefer. Power to the chickens! (Hens? Whatever would be politically correct, yes?)
One hand. I too learned it from Sabrina. Back when I was going through a phase in my life where I was convinced I would be a chef one day. Now I find that it is just faster, and leaves one hand free to stir sauce or add other ingredients.
Interesting question and something I hadn't really thought about but I do crack eggs with one hand and when yolk and white hit the frying pan I simply toss the shell into the sink to dispose of after finished with the task at hand. The only exception is when a recipe calls for separating the yolk...then I will need to use both hands.
Thanks for all your responses! I too used to crack with one then open with two, but after seeing it done with one hand on TV so often I thought I'd give a try at doing it all with one hand. Surprisingly, it was easier, and rarely does a piece of shell break off into the bowl.
Give it a try, you might like it!
I go back and forth... depends on my mood and what I'm cooking.
I use a spatula or knife to break the eggs open....it works great, no egg shells get into the food.
I crack eggs with one hand, it was mandatory at the restaurant where i used to work. In order to keep shells out of the egg tap the egg on a flat surface. By cracking the egg on a sharp object(edge of bowl, edge of counter) makes the shell push in causing them to fall with the egg into the bowl or pan.
I've not found that to be true. I use either the side of the bowl or a knife. Cracking on a flat surface? No. A professional klutz such as myself would find that resulting in egg running all down onto the floor!
Oh ok, yeah that's the way they taught me it always seemed to work but everyone's different. What ever works for you though, thanks for the comment!
I own a restaurants and a caterers And I have never heard anything like that did they why you had to do it this way.
I too find it works best one-handed when you crack the egg by hitting it flat on the counter. Then just open your hand a little and presto out pops the egg. But I agree, it's different for everyone.
I'm a two hander.....I don't know if I'd dare try to do it with one!! lol
I crack my eggs with two hands; though after Culinary school, I will probably do it with one.
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