Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Expert Cooks
When you tap an egg on the edge of a bowl, you don’t break just the shell. The thin membrane surrounding the white and the yolk also ruptures, so tiny shell shards can mix with the liquid and end up in your finished dish. (Worst omelet ingredient ever.) Instead, crack the egg on a flat surface, like a counter, to create one clean break. That way, the membrane stays intact, meaning no shell in your scramble.
Step 1: Hold the egg in one hand and tap it firmly on a hard surface.
Step 2: Check the break: You should see an indentation and one side-to-side crack, like an equator.
Step 3: Place your thumbs on either side of the crack and gently pull the shell apart. Any shards will stick to the membrane, not fall into the bowl.