This is the easiest way to remove broken eggshells from a bowl

cracked egg shell

Ugh. Ack. Oh no! Your expletive of choice.

These are all normal reactions to a shard of eggshell getting into your mixing bowl. And while intentional crunch is good (texture, yay!), no one deserves a chocolate chip cookie, pie of cake, or brownie studded with eggshells. Not you, you, or you.

But we have the solution! Several solutions, actuallyโ€”which we’ve tested to ensure their usefulness and eggshell-getting accuracy.

First thing’s first: We suggest cracking your eggs into a separate bowl instead of directly into the mixing bowl. It’s a lot easier to remove eggshells when you don’t also have to tussle with butter, sugar, and whatever else might be in there. (Also, if it’s a bad egg, no pun intended, you won’t have to fish it out.)

And second thing’s second: Crack your eggs on a flat surface rather than the edge of the bowl, limiting the chance of unevenly cracking the eggshells and the amount of potential shards.

Now, third thing’s third: the eggshell removal tricks. Here are three different ways to deal with those shells, and what we think of them:

Trick #1: Using the other broken half of the eggshell.

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What to do: Use the other half of the eggshell to scoop out the eggshell shard.

Ease: This was very easy! Plus, it made use of the eggshell, which usually just hangs out doing nothing.

Cleanliness: You don’t have to stick your hands in the egg, so there’s less mess to wash off (see below).

Good for: Larger pieces of eggshell. It worked for a tiny eggshell shard, too, but the eggshell also picked up a good amount of white in the process. And, when I tried to pour the white back in, the eggshell shard just ended up back where it started.

Trick #2: Wet your fingers.

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What to do: Wet your fingers. Ignore any qualms about willingly touching raw egg. Aim a finger at that eggshell, plunge your finger into the egg, and pull it out.

Ease: Suffice it to say, wetting your hands is easy.

Cleanliness: Well, you get egg on your hands. You’ll have to wash them. If you don’t like egg hands, this probably isn’t for you.

Good for: The larger piece of eggshell was easy to grabโ€”and this worked for the smaller eggshell shard as well, albeit after several attempts.

Trick #3: Use a strainer:

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What to do: This only works for a beaten egg. Beat your egg with the broken shells, set a strainer over a bowl, and pour the egg through. You’ll probably have to use a spoon or something to coerce the egg through said strainer.

Ease: This required more steps than the other tips, and didn’t ultimately work well so…

Cleanliness: Yes, this was cleanly! It was the best thing about this trick.

Good for: Uh, this wasn’t great. For one, the egg had a heck of a time actually getting through the strainer and into the bowl. It took a lot of spoon work. Even then, a good majority of the white just wouldn’t pass through. Also, the resulting egg looked weird and liquidly. You don’t need to see a picture. It was gross.

In conclusion:

Using the other eggshell half is good for larger shell fragments, while wetting your fingers is better for smaller shards. Don’t try the strainer methodโ€”or do, and comment below explaining if there’s some sort of magic that we’re missing out on.

It’s also worth nothing there’s a fourth method: using a pair of tweezers to pluck out the eggshell. But due to a lack of eggshell-appropriate tweezers in the kitchen and no desire to procure (and sanitize) them from the bathroom, we did not test this method.

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