separate an egg yolk from the white with a bottle

This is another one of those food tricks and life hacks that makes you go “WHAT?!” and then… “Oh duh. Why didn’t I think of that?”

Ha. Don’t worry. Everyone else is in the same dumbfounded boat.

You can use a bottle to easily separate an egg yolk from the egg white.

This tip actually came from one of our blog readers/artists we have in our shop! Feto Soap‘s lotion bars are amazing and sell like hotcakes at The Burlap Bag. Thanks Lisa!

but Lauren, you can just use the egg shells, you dumb bum!
Yes, I know. But I (and lots of other people I’m sure!) have managed to mess that up by getting egg all over my hands, getting an egg shell in there, or breaking the yolk. Plus that way can be time consuming if you’re doing a lot of eggs! This takes 1 second per egg.

You’ll see in the video what exactly to do. You’re basically sucking out the egg yolk with a plastic bottle. It’s so easy and would be great for when you need to separate a bunch of egg whites. (meringue, drinks, egg white omelettes, etc.)


Wasn’t that cool? Now go try it yourself. You might mess up once or twice but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be amazing!



  1. Bex August 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This is one job I have always hated, you have saved me from myself! Thank you!

  2. Sanchit Agrawal August 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    This is awesome!

  3. Lauren August 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Glad you guys love it!! I thought it was super cool. Not something you’ll always need, but definitely a cool tip.

  4. Elizabeth August 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I got tagged, and tagged you in turn. It was a lot of fun, and I hope you don’t mind.

  5. Bonnie Ditto August 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Got an email showing how to do this. I think it was from Japan. Couldn’t wait to try it. I almost wore out an egg yolkthis afternoon sucking it up and putting it back. It is fun and so easy.

  6. Erin Haddock August 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    This is amazing! Why have I never thought of this? I love to bake (er, I guess you can call it baking from the box??) and a lot of the recipes I do call for egg whites and it takes FOREVER to do this. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Lauren August 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    glad it can help erin – miss yoU!

  8. Sunee September 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    dude, the video isn’t working right now. weird. says there is an error.

  9. Leticia September 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I never thought of this!

  10. Cherisse September 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    What skill! What finesse! Very cool ya’ll. :-)
    I need to find a recipe that calls for just egg yolk now…

  11. Maggie September 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

    That is crazy cool. I hate separating eggs. I know I will be using this tip!

  12. Jake September 9, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Very cool. I just hope people are eating the yolks as that is where MOST of the actual nutrition is found in an egg. =)

  13. Charlene De Coursey September 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    That is very cool! I will definitely try it myself. I have another trick for you. When you have to peel lots of garlic (I use garlic a lot!), take 2 metal bowls, like mixing bowls, and put the whole head of garlic in them – unpeeled and uncut. Shake the bowls with the garlic inside for about 1 minute and then take apart. Your garlic will be all peeled! I now use this trick all the time; it works great!

  14. dazzleme1202 September 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    That was the coolest trick. It is so obvious, why didn’t I think of that!

  15. CAPERNIUS October 5, 2014 at 5:21 am

    This is just too cool!
    Wish I’d have known this before I made that wedding cake last year.
    I think I went through about 4 or 5 dozen eggs!
    took 4 people to carry the cake….HUGE!

    AWESOME! TY for sharing!!

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