I love baking and cooking, really I do, and anything that is going to take away any of the rubbish tasks so that I can focus on the fun bits is a win in my book.
So with that in mind it is worth noting that I have a gut-wrenching aversion to raw egg. Boiled eggs have to be hard-done, fried eggs have to be flipped over lest there be any remaining wobbly goo on the surface...and recipes that call for separated eggs tend to be avoided. But not anymore! I can now make meringues and mayonnaise to my hearts content!
These genius little contraption is so simple it surprises me that it's not more common. You simply have to crack the egg into the...chicks belly?...and the gooey white slips through the small slits, and the bulb of orange yolk remains fully formed on top! No finger-in-goo required!
The only downside is that you can only separate one egg at a time as there is only room for one yolk. So every time you have to drop the yolk off somewhere and repeat. Therefore it could be better if the product was bigger allowing you to gather a number of yolks at the same time.
However, for the price and ease of use it's hard to see why anybody wouldn't want to use one of these. Even if you don't have a raw egg aversion who would actually choose to get sticky egg hands when they can let a cute little plastic chick do all the hard work?
In one of my earlier reviews I mentioned how I tried to get into baking last year and buying cookbooks/making cakes. I managed to come across someone selling on Ebay two cooking books and some small cooking gadgets with it. Although the books were seperate and the listing was done more as a job lot I managed to get some handy items that I wouldn't of bought myself.
One of the things is this. This is an 'eggcelent' *ahem* egg seperator known as yolky.
Yolky is pretty cute to look at!.. He is made of plastic and has little feet so he can stand, but a good thing about him is that he can also be put against the bowl you are placing him over so you do not have to hold him whilst you are seperating your egg.
There can be an issue with it at times, for instance I found you can't use him on a plastic bowl as the bowl is too light and he falls over. Now an egg seperator isn't something I would purchase, I find you can just get rid of the egg white by rotating it between the cracked shells.. however I now have a few different egg seperators lying around the house - more than I need!.. as I keep finding them being sold as part of a collection of stuff... for instance I bought a cake making set from The Works (bit of a random place to find it) but it also had a egg seperator inside it (although not as cute as this one!)
Using this is pretty straightforward, you can just crack the egg into it and there are two gaps inside yolky to seperate the white and keep hold of the yolk.
I'm not sure if it's dishwasher safe as it didn't come in any packaging but it's quick and easy to wash by hand.
Yolky would be great to get kids interested in cooking due to his friendly cartoony/cute appearance.
I could not find a price for this online in pounds, but the amazon.com site is showing it as $5.
Overall it's a 'cracking good' item :P
But one I only used a few times, then the novelty wore off and I didn't bother digging it out from the kitchen draws and just got rid of the whites using the egg shell.
I still give it 5 stars as it can be useful and is well-designed.
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be on ciao)
Meet Yolky. He's cute and funny to look at, promotes laziness but helps with practicality and teaching kids to cook. He takes the human error out of cooking and makes it fun for kids. In short, he's ideal for the lazy parent chef who just wants to have fun and bake lots of things.
I have gallstones, which essentially means I have to avoid fat in my diet wherever possible. This entails reading the ingredients for pretty much everything and seeing what fat content everything has. Eggs are known for being quite high in fat, but it's only the yolk that accounts for this - the egg whites are fine to have. Meringues, for example, have merely a trace of fat in them, and it's not so severe as if my nut allergy were to react to a trace element.
The trick though is in separating the egg white from the egg yolk, and while this is something I am capable of doing with the eggshells or a couple of small curved containers, it's much more fun and virtually error free to use little devices such as this one. There are plenty of separators you can buy for hardly any money, and they will adequately separate the two parts of the egg for you, but this one is convenient and comes with a a couple of extra helpful elements.
What you get is an egg shaped plastic device with eyes and feet, to humanise the egg shape. In its tummy there is a dip that is just large enough to contain the yolk from an egg, and there are two near semi-circles either side to allow the white of the egg to drip through. Cracking an egg one handed and dropping it into a bowl is hard enough, but if you had to do that and try to aim the yolk into the small container in the middle of this separator, it may be a stretch too far, so they've designed this so that the feet actually attach themselves onto the edge of a bowl. Naturally, there are some thicker bowls it doesn't work with, and some thinner ones which are just two weak and it slides down and doesn't work in both cases. You also have to watch out for the lighter bowls with high edges as this does make them top heavy and more prone to knocking over, an annoyance if you haven't started cracking, but if you are in the middle of making an egg white omelette with your last three eggs and the third tips it over then you're likely to want to throw this non-bouncy egg separator against a wall. (NB, Yolky is quite durable if dropped or, ahem, thrown).
I find this works nearly all the time. It can't completely cut out human error, but it does mean that you're not running as much of a risk of getting shell in the whites. The feet clipping onto the bowl is at the same time funny and practical, and it encourages my son to want to cook, or at least to try splitting the eggs and then waltz off to play on his iPod. The yolk from all eggs tend to clip on just fine, but you have to keep it steady and obviously if you split the yolk then this may still work to some extent but it just makes it so much harder.
It costs a little bit. Harder to get hold of in the UK, it could run up to near the £10 mark, although I've seen it available for considerably less in places. It's part of a range of items that are designed to help you in the kitchen and make culinary activity more enjoyable for kids. It's easy to clean and stores by standing on its 'feet' quite nicely without taking up hardly any room at all. This does work, and I know I was flippant about my son wanting to stop after the egg bit as the rest isn't as enjoyable, but this is rare and only recent as the iPod is new! I think this is a great product, and while there are slight imperfections and the clip doesn't work with all bowls, it's still a great product that's well worth having, or as a perfect gift for someone if you just want to get them something small. Recommended.
I'm a huge fan of scrambled eggs and omelettes when I'm dieting (which I currently am) but try not to use full eggs all the time due to the fat content and cholesterol contained within the yolk of the egg. An egg white omelette, using three egg whites plus one full egg, is absolutely delicious when made with a splash of milk and good sprinkling of ground black pepper - the advantage (other than the lower fat content) being that leaving the rest of the yolks out gives the omelette a less strong flavour, meaning that whatever goodies I pop inside as fillers can release their own flavours to their full potential without it being masked by the creaminess of too many yolks.
Of course, the method of using the eggshells themselves to separate the yolk from the white works a treat but sometimes the shell breaks funny and you end up with one end which is too small to hold the yolk, or the movement of sliding the yolk from shell to shell causes it to break and mix in with your white anyway. I'm pretty much a dab hand at egg separation myself, but recently my thirteen year old daughter has started making meringue 'blobs' with a view to packaging them up as Christmas pressies for the Nans and older relatives - they're coming along really nicely actually, but after Mark almost sliced his gum open on an errant piece of eggshell I realised the eggshell method wasn't working terribly well for her so looked into alternatives. As it turned out I didn't have to look far - in fact when I mentioned the issue to my lovely next door neighbour she pulled an 'ahhhhh' face, walked into the kitchen and came back with this still wrapped Yolky Egg Separator.
Yolky, as you can see, is a chicken. Or a round seagull. Or even an egg with feet and facial features. Whatever he is, he's mega cute and so lovely to both use and look at. I call him Julian, he looks like a Julian. The idea is that you break your egg into the middle and the yolk will automatically gravitate to the small bowl, leaving the egg white to drip through the large gaps. It's so simple as to be brilliant, and works well too which is always a bonus. Of course sometimes the yolk will break and you'll have to start again, but this isn't a massive issue as frankly the job of separating two parts of an egg is a fiddly job so whichever method you're using you can pretty much guarantee a point where your luck runs out and the yolk falls apart!
Julian's feet can be used as a handle or they will clip onto the side of a bowl or mug so that you can break your eggs using two hands; it's not exactly a universal fit so you really need to find a bowl that fits and stick to it, he doesn't fit on my bulky Pyrex mixing bowl but I have a thinner plastic jug which I find creates a snug and secure fit so I tend to use that for separating and beating my eggs and then simply transfer them into the main bowl afterwards. To clip Julian into place you just push down on his feet, you'll know immediately if he's not going to be suitable for the bowl you've chosen as he'll either fall straight off or sag downwards to the point where the yolk won't sit where it should and this renders him useless as an egg separator. When you've found the correct bowl Julian will lie completely flat and stable, allowing you to break the egg into his tummy and leave him where he is for the white to drain through while I get on with something else - if you need to separate more than one egg you can simply lift the yolk out with a spoon and continue on with the next egg.
When you've finished separating your eggs, cleaning Julian is a doddle. He's dishwasher safe so just pop him in with the rest of your dirty dishes, I haven't got a dishwasher and a quick scrub with the dish brush is enough to have him sparkling clean again. A tip is to rinse him off in cold water before washing properly in hot soapy water, the cold rinse removing the majority of the egg residue which would otherwise begin to 'scramble' if you placed it immediately into hot water - and believe me, runny egg is much easier to remove from plastic than semi-scrambled egg!
I'm completely impressed with Julian and use him very regularly, at least three or four times a week for various reasons. Alice has absolutely no trouble handling him and its made the separation of eggs for her meringues much easier (and less gum slicing), my neighbour tells me she paid around £10 for him in a local cookware shop and in my opinion this is cheap at half the price considering he's such a useful little kitchen implement.
Firstly sorry for all the puns. I think I have put all my eggs in one basket with this review.
I was given this egg separator a couple of years ago by my mum as a flat warming present as it is not something I would shell out on myself. I like to cook a lot of omlettes as breakfast at the weekends and to keep them healthy I often use more egg whites than egg yolks. The egg yolk contains about two thirds of the calories in an egg and all of the saturated fat, so by removing them I can make a egg-ceedingly healthy meal which tastes pretty much identical to a standard omlette
== The Yolky egg separator ==
The Yolky egg separatorr is eggs-actly what is says it is. It's a tool for egg-stracting the yolk from the white. It works by cracking an egg into the bowl part of the spearator and egg-citingly moving the separator around so that the white of the egg egg-sits from the slits in the sides of the bowl section. It is egg-stremely easy to use but you do still have to crack the egg in and I personally think this can be done just as easily by flipping between two halfs of a shell.
The appearence is egg-cellent and when you egg-samine the product it it has the egg-strodinary appearance of an egg with eyes and feet. I like the appearance although I wouldn't say I was egg-static with egg-citement over it. It is a nice novelty item and makes a good gift.
I haven't used the egg separtor much but it seem egg-spertly made and the product feels solid and robust, I can't see it deteriorating much as it is quite a simple piece of kitchen harware.
== Price ==
A quick web search has revealed that this egg separator costs the egg-ceedingly egg-stortinate price of £16. I think this is egg-cessive and would never buy it for myself at theis price. As an egg-stravagent gift it is quite a nice item. If I could find it elsewhere for a few pounds I would be egg-stremely happy to egg people towards buying one. But personally if I had the reciept I would eggs-change it for something better.
== Opinion ==
In my opinion an egg separator is a bit of waste of money and it does mea more washingup than using the usual method of cracking an egg. As stated above I do like the appearance but due to lack of use it sits in a draw and is rarely egg-scavated for use.
In summary I do'nt think it is what it is cracked up to be and would be put off by the egg-ceedingly high price. If you like to egg-speriment with new products, it does work well and as an egg-sotic egg-citing kitchen gadget it is an egg-sample of good design which some people may find useful for egg-celling in the kitchen.
Anyway, Thats all yolks.....
As with any egg separator, it needs the basic function: to be able to separate the yolk from the white.
I bought this egg separator from John Lewis around four months ago. I think that this product is good.
It is often difficult to find an egg separator that separates the egg exactly. There is often some white left around the yolk or the yolk breaks. This one does separate it quite well although there is occasionally some egg white left around the yolk. The yolk can sometimes break, which means that you need to get a new egg. Despite this, almost every time I have used it, it has worked well. It is good for making cakes or omelettes.
It is very easy to clean - hot water and some washing up liquid seems to do the trick. It is also very strong and highly unlikely to break or snap. Mine hasn't, and I use it quite often.
I really like the quirky design and it goes well with the egg cup and spoon that I bought from the same range. All of the items from the range feature a face (eyes and a moustache - quite humorous actually!), and feet. The colours are white and orange so it may not go with other kitchen utensils or cutlery. On the other hand, it may look brilliant if you have a bright kitchen!
I purchased this product for £1.40 from John Lewis. The price isn't bad. Considering that it is sturdy and strong, does the job reasonably well, and has an interesting design, the price is quite good. One disadvantage is, that I am not sure whether it is still available as it does not appear on John Lewis' website. This product is available from eBay and Amazon, though.
To be honest, you could buy a different egg separator and get the same results. However, if you like slightly more quirky or fun kitchen utensils then this is the egg separator for you!