How to Separate Egg Yolks with a Water Bottle
As a mom scrolling through social media, at one point or another you must have seen a video or two (or a gazillion) on mom hacks. Some hacks are pretty obvious, and you are like, “totally duh I can do that,” and others are like “Nah there is no way, that’s more trouble than doing things the normal way.” Then, once in a while, there is a hack that you are like, “omg where have you been all my life???” However, since we are equipped with mom brains that won’t quit, we, of course, forget about this brilliant hack 5 minutes after we watched the video because our toddler is throwing a tantrum or threatening to jump off the bookshelf.
I don’t even remember when I first learned of the hack for separating egg yolks from whites with a water bottle. I remembered when I first watched the video, my thought was, “this is too easy to be true.” Then, every time I needed to separate the yolk from the white, I never happened to have an empty bottle with me. Since I just needed one or two eggs separated for my recipes, I wasn’t about to chug a bottle of water just to try out the hack.
Then it happened … the perfect storm.
- My father was visiting, so I actually could get away from my kids for a second to attempt baking a more complicated recipe than cookies.
- I attempted to make Japanese cheesecake, and I randomly picked a recipe that needs SEVEN eggs separated.
- The recycling bin happened to be too full so I had a few water bottles just sitting on the counter, waiting for garbage day to come.
These 3 circumstances do not happen often, my friend, and all 3 happening at the same time is surreal. My father doesn’t visit often, my kids NEVER leave me alone, I had never made Japanese cheesecake before, and we usually throw the bottles out as soon as we are finished with them. As I was whisking and mixing away like a mad woman, I was trying to think of ways to speed things up. Separating 7 eggs would take forever and chances are my kids would interrupt me before I finished and whine until I let them “help” mommy with the eggs. The result? Eggs all over the floor and egg shells in the eggs. Here is an example when they tried to help me crack an egg:
Then I happened to look up and spot the empty water bottles. Eureka! What better timing to try the egg hack? So I cracked an egg in the mixing bowl, squeezed the bottle, and placed the opening lightly on the yolk. I slowly released my grip and omg! The yolk got sucked into the bottle! Then I just squeezed the bottle and the yolk fell out easily. THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!
Okay let me show you what happened step by step:
- Squeeze the water bottle (doesn’t need to be so hard that you crush the bottle, just a little compression would do).
- Place the opening of the bottle gently on the yolk, making sure that the yolk seals the opening to create a vacuum.
- Slowly release the squeeze and the yolk should be sucked into the bottle.
- Tilt the bottle over a separate bowl and the yolk should slide out. If the yolk is having trouble coming out of the bottle, give the bottle a gentle squeeze and the yolk should pop out.
Look at how perfect the yolks were! None of them broke during the process and I finished separating all 7 in less than a minute. Magnificent! (The Japanese cheesecake, however, was not. Story for another day.)
Never get your hands messy again separating an egg! I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this hack until now. Definitely a game-changer when it comes to cooking and baking. I used to avoid recipes that require separating eggs due to all the hassle, but no longer! It’s so easy that maybe I will let my kids help me separate the eggs next time! Or … maybe not.