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Split, Yolky, split!
Yolky Egg Separator
Member Name: pmcds
Yolky Egg Separator
Advantages: Fun and easy to use
Disadvantages: Doesn't fit all bowls. not always cheap
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.
Summary: Ideal fun little egg separator
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