Eggs may be a common ingredient, but they’re also challenging to prep and cook properly. Take separating an egg, for example. It all depends on a clean break—the jagged edges of the shell can snag and tear the yolk. And when your recipe relies on fully whipped whites, even a speck of yolk can spell disaster.
In this video, part of the “Kitchen Smarts” series on America’s Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel, America’s Test Kitchen TV test cook Elle Simone shows you how to crack and separate eggs efficiently. Even for those who consider themselves egg experts, this video is filled with tips that make this common kitchen task foolproof. Here are some of our findings: