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Unless you are hard-cooking eggs, you need to start by cracking them open. In some recipes, you will need to separate the yolk (the yellow part) and white (the clear part) and use them differently. (Pro tip: Cold eggs are much easier to separate.)

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How to Crack and Separate Eggs

How to Crack and Separate Eggs: 3 Up

To crack: Gently hit side of egg against flat surface of counter or cutting board.

Pull shell apart into 2 pieces over bowl. Let yolk and white drop into bowl. Discard shell.

To separate yolk and white: Use your hand to very gently transfer yolk to second bowl.

How to Crack and Lightly Beat an Egg

In baking recipes, sometimes you need an egg wash (a beaten egg) to brush over dough, which helps with browning and shine or helps seal dough together. Here is how to crack and lightly beat an egg:

How to Crack and Lightly Beat an Egg

To crack: Gently hit side of egg against flat surface of counter or cutting board.

Pull shell apart into 2 pieces over bowl. Let yolk and white drop into bowl. Discard shell.

To make egg wash: Use fork to beat egg until well combined. Hint: moving the fork quickly from side to side works better than moving it in a circle.