Wordless(ish) Non-Wednesday: easy egg cracking

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summary: EZ egg cracker; learning from TV; using one hand, two hands or more to crack an egg; hard-boiled egg party trick; a not-quite-wordless not-quite-Wednesday post

I know; that video does make you speechless, doesn’t it? Temporarily speechless, anyway….

Being the verbose person that I am, I find myself incapable of remaining wordless. Besides, it isn’t Wednesday. :lalala:

When I first saw this ad on TV, I was certain it was a joke. But there it was on the Food Network, earnestly assuring me that I’d never have problems cracking eggs again. Shrieking hysterically at the TV (it’s so embarrassing to shriek at the TV), I yelled, “Just how hard IS it to crack an egg?!”

I admit that it was because of watching TV that I learned how to crack an egg. (Of course, I really learned how to crack an egg from Mum but that was with TWO hands.) When I was in highschool, I learned how to crack and egg with one hand after watching the TV late movie Sabrina (the Billy Wilder version). In it, the Audrey Hepburn character goes to cooking school in Paris:

Bonjour, mesdames et monsieurs. Yesterday we have learned the correct way how to boil water. Today we will learn the correct way how to crack an egg. Voila! An egg. Now, an egg is not a stone; it is not made of wood, it is a living thing. It has a heart. So when we crack it, we must not torment it. We must be merciful and execute it quickly, like with the guillotine.

It is done with one hand. Kindly watch the wrist. Voila. One, two, three, crack! You see? It is all in the wrist.

And now, everybody, take an egg.

I practiced for weeks to get it right… (if only I practiced and studied useful things as diligently). I confess that over time, I forgot the “one, two, three, crack”. I usually give one sharp rap (sometimes two) then crack the egg open.

EZ cracker $19.95 I generally use two hands to peel hard-boiled eggs though (lips too if I’m doing the Hard Boiled Egg Party Trick). And I rarely separate the whites from the yolks (I’m too lazy) – but if I do, I scrabble through the utensil drawer to find the little plastic gizmo that was given to me years ago. But T uses either half the shell or his hand to separate the eggwhite from the yolk.

And you? Do you use one or two hands to crack an egg?

And if you received this amazing EZ cracker, would you use one or two hands to jam it into the kitchen drawer full of other gadgets gathering dust?

wordless 18/4/2010


Hard-boiled Egg Party Trick:

Rap the hard boiled egg on both ends. Remove a tiny amount of shell from the narrow end and some of the shell from the large end. Making sure that you have sealed any side holes and blow on the top end. The egg pops right out of the bottom part of the shell.

Now, doesn’t that sound like more fun than using the EZ cracker? (I cannot stop myself from saying “E Zed Cracker”….)


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  • Ron

    Egg-citing commercial, thanks for sharing, made me laugh!

    Glad to be of service, Ron. -Elizabeth

  • O My Word… Not sure if it beats the art of toilet paper origami but it comes close, unnervingly close!

    I use one hand, for separating half the eggshell or in a very daring mood my hand.

    Holey moley I just saw the price! Speechless.

    Toilet Paper Origami?!! I felt a little foolish googling – I was certain you must be joking, but you’re right. It really does exist! YouTube: Make More Money as a Housekeeper with Toilet Paper Origami and there’s even a website (tporigami.com) and book devoted to it! The book costs only $13.45. Hmmm, on reflection, because of the price, I think the EZ cracker wins the prize but just by a hair. -ejm

  • MrsBrown

    I, too, have seen the EZ (EZed) cracker on the Food Network and have screeched at the screen. I shake my head in despair at the people who are going to buy this for $19.95!!!! Plus Shipping and Handling!! I also notice that the Free Bonus! is the Egg Scrambler. Really, how difficult is it to stir an egg? But then I notice that some of the EZ Crackers come with a Bacon Wave so you can have straight bacon. What’s wrong with twisted bacon? I LIKE it all twisted up.

    I crack my eggs with two hands and when I separate them, I use my (very clean) fingers to separate the yolk from the white.

    I just read some comments of the EZ Cracker and I laughed out loud when I read this: “You know, I don’t have enough difficult-to-clean, salmonella dispensers in my kitchen. This looks great.”

    Egg scrambler? Oh please!! And good spotting to see that salmonella comment, MrsB! I wish I could think of smart remarks like that! -ejm (I’m right in the middle of reading “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde and one of the characters is working on devising an egg un-scrambler. Now THAT might be useful, especially if it came in a pocket version. I loathe scrambled eggs and would love to be able to unscramble them so they could become edible.)

  • Elaine

    Two hands to crack an egg, separate egg whites and egg yolks by doing the two shell thing. I’ve seen my students separate the egg yolk by poking a tiny hole in the egg and letting the egg whites drain. I got so impatient with them, I took the egg and cracked it myself. I suppose they might appreciate the egg-cracker…