How to Separate Eggs

Follow these easy tips and instructions to properly separate eggs, then watch our how-to video.

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Follow these easy steps and tips for success every time you separate eggs.

Safety First

Tip: Always be sure to wash your hands before and after working with eggs.

Gently Lift Out Yolk from White with Spoon

Many recipes call for separated eggs. Whether you're using the whites or yolks, here are two good food-safe ways to get the job done.

First Method: Egg Separator

You can purchase an egg separator from any housewares store.

How to Use an Egg Separator

Place the egg separator over a bowl and crack an egg into it. Note: This is safer than using a shell to separate.

Instant Separation

Watch the white fall down and the yolk stay up.


Store leftover whites or yolks separately in the refrigerator.

Second Method: Spoon

This is the other food-safe way to separate an egg.

Crack Egg on Edge of Bowl

Crack an egg into a bowl and scoop out the egg with a spoon.

Gently Lift Out Yolk from White with Spoon

Use the side of the bowl to help balance ...

Gently Lift Out Yolk from White with Spoon

... the yolk on the spoon.

Crack the Code

Now you're ready to whip, scramble, bake and make puddings separately. So if it's egg whites or yolks you're after, you've learned two ways to accomplish a smooth, food-safe separation.