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wookman8

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Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 4:29 PM (permalink)
Hi folks,
Is there a method to crack eggs into a frying pan without breaking the yolks? There's nothing better at breakfast than mopping up those lovely yolks which you will not get if you break the darn thing. I crack them on the edge of my pan (rounded lip on the pan) and have maybe an 80% success rate. Am I just a klutz or is there a proper way to do this? Thanks in advance for your help.
 
<message edited by wookman8 on Thu, 04/7/11 4:35 PM>
 
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    Foodbme

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    Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 5:07 PM (permalink)
    Watch the Video. Turn on your speakers.
    http://lifehacker.com/#!5340701/crack-an-egg-with-one-hand
     
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      6star

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      Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 5:10 PM (permalink)
      I always crack my eggs gently on the edge of a bowl, and then carefullly pull it apart with my fingers (with about a 98% success rate) but here is a video where he says to crack on the side of the bowl:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaiBhWDKTNw
       
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        Michael Hoffman

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        Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 5:26 PM (permalink)
        I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.
         
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          Foodbme

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          Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 6:00 PM (permalink)
          Michael Hoffman


          I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.

          That's the famous Flat Surface Technique, not to be confused with the Side Technique or the Edge Technique. I'll be competing at the Waffle House - IHOP Olympics in June in the Left Handed Edge Technique 100's. You have to crack 100 eggs left handed on the edge of a bowl in 1 minute and the eggtestant with the least broken Yolks wins an all expense paid 7 day, 6 night trip to Egg Harbor, NJ!!!
           
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            Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 6:41 PM (permalink)
            The edge technique can be quite precarious.
             
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              Foodbme

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              Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 6:44 PM (permalink)
              mar52


              The edge technique can be quite precarious.

              True. But I've been living on the edge all my life. No Pain, No Gain!
               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 7:02 PM (permalink)
                mar52


                The edge technique can be quite precarious.


                Been spending time on edges lately?
                 
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                  Michael Hoffman

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                  Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 7:04 PM (permalink)
                  Foodbme


                  Michael Hoffman


                  I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.

                  That's the famous Flat Surface Technique, not to be confused with the Side Technique or the Edge Technique. I'll be competing at the Waffle House - IHOP Olympics in June in the Left Handed Edge Technique 100's. You have to crack 100 eggs left handed on the edge of a bowl in 1 minute and the eggtestant with the least broken Yolks wins an all expense paid 7 day, 6 night trip to Egg Harbor, NJ!!!

                  Now, if the winner got an Egg Harbor skiff instead of just a trip to Egg Harbor I'd enter.

                   
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                    Foodbme

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                    Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 8:19 PM (permalink)
                    Michael Hoffman


                    Foodbme


                    Michael Hoffman


                    I usually use just one hand to crack eggs on the counter and open them, either into a bowl or the skillet.

                    That's the famous Flat Surface Technique, not to be confused with the Side Technique or the Edge Technique. I'll be competing at the Waffle House - IHOP Olympics in June in the Left Handed Edge Technique 100's. You have to crack 100 eggs left handed on the edge of a bowl in 1 minute and the eggtestant with the least broken Yolks wins an all expense paid 7 day, 6 night trip to Egg Harbor, NJ!!!

                    Now, if the winner got an Egg Harbor skiff instead of just a trip to Egg Harbor I'd enter.

                    You like old wooden boats? Me Too! My Dream Boat is a classic Wooden Chris Craft IO Runabout! I can hear the deep purr of one now! We can get Jethro Gibbs from NCIS to work on them with us!
                    There's an Antique Boat Center down in Cincinnati. Also one in NJ.
                    http://www.antiqueboat.com/ 
                    http://www.woodenboatsnj.com/30to40ft.html
                    As well as an Antique & Classic Boat Society:
                    http://www.acbs.org/
                     
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                      joerogo

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                      Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 8:22 PM (permalink)
                      When it comes to cracking eggs, I would listen to Michael!
                       
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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 8:30 PM (permalink)
                        I once had a 20 foot 1948 Chris Craft Custom Runabout. It burned lots of gas.
                         
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                          Foodbme

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                          Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 8:33 PM (permalink)
                          Michael Hoffman


                          I once had a 20 foot 1948 Chris Craft Custom Runabout. It burned lots of gas.

                          Do you realize how much that would be worth today?$$$$$$$$$$$$
                          Should have traded in the Bride and kept the Boat!!!
                           
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                            chewingthefat

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                            Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 9:08 PM (permalink)
                            Don't fry on a pre heated pan thars too hot, lay egg on the counter crack with a sharp knife, quick crack, nothing hard , in the middle slowly relase the egg into the pan, if it breaks the caul is too thin, eat it with my compliments anyhow... btw, fry it in bacon fat.
                             
                             
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                              Hot Dog Empire

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                              Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 9:20 PM (permalink)
                              If you raise your own chickens, the shells are harder and dont shatter when cracking into the pan and the yolks are much firmer too!
                              <message edited by Hot Dog Empire on Wed, 04/6/11 9:26 PM>
                               
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                                Michael Hoffman

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                                Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 10:26 PM (permalink)
                                Foodbme


                                Michael Hoffman


                                I once had a 20 foot 1948 Chris Craft Custom Runabout. It burned lots of gas.

                                Do you realize how much that would be worth today?$$$$$$$$$$$$
                                Should have traded in the Bride and kept the Boat!!!

                                I didn't have a bride. I was 15, and I bought the boat from the bottom of Long Island Sound for $500. It cost me almost $1000 to get it in shape and I sold it on my 17th birthday for $4,500.
                                 
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                                  pnwchef

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                                  Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Wed, 04/6/11 11:21 PM (permalink)
                                  I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................
                                   
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                                    Foodbme

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                                    Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 3:16 AM (permalink)
                                    PNWCHEF


                                    I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................

                                    I'm still trying to master flipping eggs without using a spatula. Haven't got that flip of the wrist down pat yet. I think it's a mental block, I tense up instead of just relaxing and flipping it. I may need to seek therapy and counseling from a Waffle House Chef! Need to build up my confidence level.
                                     
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                                      wookman8

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                                      Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 5:16 AM (permalink)
                                      Many thanks to all who replied. I'll be trying all of these techniques beginning in an hour or so. As always I enjoyed the lively discussions and I'll post back in a few days with my results.
                                       
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                                        ann peeples

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                                        Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 7:56 AM (permalink)
                                        Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.
                                         
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                                          pnwchef

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                                          Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 8:35 AM (permalink)
                                          Foodbme


                                          PNWCHEF


                                          I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................

                                          I'm still trying to master flipping eggs without using a spatula. Haven't got that flip of the wrist down pat yet. I think it's a mental block, I tense up instead of just relaxing and flipping it. I may need to seek therapy and counseling from a Waffle House Chef! Need to build up my confidence level.
                                           

                                          I train my breakfast cooks by having them practice with a egg pan and a slice of bread. Keep on flipping the bread using your wrist with very little movement with your arm. The egg should not flip very high off the pan, it should just roll over. I have them practice making the omelets first "they are more forgiving" by flipping over the grill area. We use egg pans and omelet pans in the Cafe, I also use them at home. Practice with the bread, keep your arm close to your body so it doesn't move around very much. The egg should move freely in the pan and not stick. I  crack the eggs into a small bowl and then slide them into the pan....pnwc
                                           
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                                            Scorereader

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                                            Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 9:10 AM (permalink)
                                            flat surface or edge doesn't matter really as per breaking the egg. It more has to do with shell pieces. I've never broke the egg from craking it - if it breaks, it happens on entry or on the flip, of which I've learned to more or less avoid through practice. to avoid pan entry breaks, dropping gently it into a bowl is a technique that works - but I don't always want to dirty another small bowl.
                                             
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                                              Jimeats

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                                              Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 12:02 PM (permalink)
                                              Go out for breakfast.
                                              That's the only guarantee for 100% sauces rate. Chow Jim 
                                               
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                                                SeeTheUSA

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                                                Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 12:58 PM (permalink)
                                                annpeeples


                                                Well, I just crack them with 2 hands, on the stove next to the pan, then open eggs up into the pan.100% success rate.Didnt think there was a "procedure". But then again, I was a short order cook in the 70s at Waffle House and Lums.


                                                Annpeeples,
                                                   I saw you wrote that you cooked at Waffle House and Lums...... do you have any (or hopefully all) of the recipes that they had..... I collect recipes from restaurants, diners, and old closed eateries and try to jump at the chance to find cooks that either saved or remember the recipes..... .....  it would be great to hear from you....... and just in case anyone else worked in an older eatery and has recipes, let me know.....I'll start a new
                                                message thread in the region after I write this.....  and yes, just in case since all are so
                                                helpful, I do know about UNCLE PHAEDRUS, Recipegoldmine, Kopycat and most all the
                                                "taste-the-same or copycat" recipe sites that have old restaurant recipes.  But I still like
                                                contacting the actual cooks because if they made the recipe hundreds of times, you never forget it (GRIN)...
                                                 
                                                Thanks and take care,
                                                SeeTheUSA - Mark in NJ
                                                 
                                                 
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                                                  ALLGOOD

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                                                  Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 1:15 PM (permalink)
                                                  Crack them on the rim of a highball glass and gently pull the shells apart above the glass.  Works for me every time.  You can crack as many as you want first into the glass and then fry them all up. This way they will all cook evenly since they all enter the pan at the same exact time.
                                                   
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                                                    Foodbme

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                                                    Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 3:57 PM (permalink)
                                                    PNWCHEF


                                                    Foodbme


                                                    PNWCHEF


                                                    I would think it's harder for most people to flip a egg without breaking it, how the heck can you break every egg, are you using a hammer.................

                                                    I'm still trying to master flipping eggs without using a spatula. Haven't got that flip of the wrist down pat yet. I think it's a mental block, I tense up instead of just relaxing and flipping it. I may need to seek therapy and counseling from a Waffle House Chef! Need to build up my confidence level.
                                                     

                                                    I train my breakfast cooks by having them practice with a egg pan and a slice of bread. Keep on flipping the bread using your wrist with very little movement with your arm. The egg should not flip very high off the pan, it should just roll over. I have them practice making the omelets first "they are more forgiving" by flipping over the grill area. We use egg pans and omelet pans in the Cafe, I also use them at home. Practice with the bread, keep your arm close to your body so it doesn't move around very much. The egg should move freely in the pan and not stick. I  crack the eggs into a small bowl and then slide them into the pan....pnwc

                                                    THANX PNWC!
                                                    A great tip! Guess what I'll be doing this afternoon!. I have good, non-stick egg pans,
                                                    Definately not as messy as using the real thing and having them end up on the floor!
                                                    To paraphrase a song---
                                                    " Eggs on the Floor, Eggs on the Floor,
                                                    Lookin' Like a Fool With Your Eggs on the Floor!"
                                                     
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                                                      mar52

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                                                      Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 4:02 PM (permalink)
                                                      Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.
                                                       
                                                       
                                                       
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                                                        Foodbme

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                                                        Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 4:11 PM (permalink)
                                                        mar52


                                                        Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.


                                                        And Never put an egg in the shell in your microwave!
                                                         
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                                                          Michael Hoffman

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                                                          Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 5:17 PM (permalink)
                                                          Foodbme


                                                          mar52


                                                          Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.


                                                          And Never put an egg in the shell in your microwave!


                                                          Nothing wrong with cooking an egg in its shell in amicrowave. Just poke a hole in it first with a needle.
                                                           
                                                          (Second grade science experiment by grandson)
                                                           
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                                                            chewingthefat

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                                                            Re:Cracking eggs ... a silly question Thu, 04/7/11 5:41 PM (permalink)
                                                            Michael Hoffman


                                                            Foodbme


                                                            mar52


                                                            Much better than eggs on the ceiling which happens when you forget you're boiling eggs.


                                                            And Never put an egg in the shell in your microwave!


                                                            Nothing wrong with cooking an egg in its shell in amicrowave. Just poke a hole in it first with a needle.

                                                            (Second grade science experiment by grandson)

                                                            Inquiring minds want to know, why bother?

                                                             
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