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As Seen On TV: Is the EZ Cracker All It's Cracked Up To Be?

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I find cracking eggs and separating the yolk from the white to be a difficult procedure.  As a chef, this is just plain horrible.  My girlfriend  teases me about this, which I find unfair since she makes specialty cakes as a side-job and can crack an egg with just the power of her mind alone.  My propensity to get eggshells in scrambled eggs is also a constant source of taunting.

I'm not really sure what the problem is.  It just seems like the eggs always crack unevenly, leaving me with one little tiny cup of a shell in on hand, and a deeper cup in the other.  The result is that the yolk constantly tries to escape from the tiny cup side each time I try to separate the egg white.

So when I saw the ad for the EZ Cracker on TV, I thought, "Hah!  Problem solved!"



Of course that wasn't really the first thing that crossed my mind after seeing the commercial.  My first thought was, "That woman is insane."  Then came the notion that apparently they have transporter technology from Star Trek; those little blinking lights that appear when the EZ Cracker and its accessories materialize indicate a far superior technology than we currently possess.  And greater technology is always a good thing, right?

Credit card in hand, I reached for the phone... Then decided to do a little research first.



The idea behind the EZ Cracker is simple: To crack an egg (raw or hard-boiled), separate the egg whites, and eliminate eggshell shards.

Sounds good to me.  According to the product's website, this is done in three easy steps:

1. Insert the egg into the EZ Cracker.

2. Squeeze the EZ Cracker to crack the egg.

3. Cook your delicious shell-free egg and enjoy a meal fit for the gods.

But does it work?

Unfortunately, there were very few positive reviews for the EZ Cracker.  A few users had luck with it, particularly when separating the egg whites from the yolk.  But most reviews used the word, "JUNK" (caps and all) to describe the EZ Cracker.  Complaints ranged from the lack of yolk/white separation to cleaning issues (it is apparently not dishwasher safe).  Some users complained about crushing the eggs when trying to simply crack them; others repeatedly created the dreaded egg shell fragments that make for decidedly un-delicious, crunchy eggs.

I can't help but think that some of these problems are user error.  Crushing an egg is a pretty easy thing to do when you consider that you're using a vice-like device in an attempt to simply crack the shell.  Perhaps some practice is required.  Eggs are pretty cheap...

But given the amount of negative comments, I sadly put my credit card back in my wallet.  While I really hope the EZ Cracker works, it just doesn't sound worth the risk.  Has anyone of you used it and liked it?

Looks like I'll have to learn to crack eggs using an age-old method that is cost-free: patience.  Either that or get used to the unique, crunchy consistency that I tend to inadvertently specialize in...

If you want to try out the EZ Cracker for yourself, the best prices are here.


SOURCES: The SciMark Report, YouTube, As Seen On TV Video,  EZ Cracker
Comments
Feb 8, 2010
by Anonymous

Crack the egg into your hand

Crack the egg into your hand and let the whites drip through your fingers.

Fast, easy, foolproof. FREE.

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Seriously

the thought of EZ cracker is good, but I think it would be a little more time consuming that cracking by hand, You have to load the EZ cracker, then remove the shell and reload for each egg, Then you have to clean the EZ cracker (if the egg gets dry it would be super hard to clean...) and there are yolk separating bowl thingy-majigs in stores everywhere... Good thought but not practical...

Mar 2, 2010
by Anonymous

Use the "Mork from Ork" method

Gently crack (many people use way too much force) the egg on the rim of the sink - the gentle curve lets you crack with out shattering the shell, then open the shell and drop the whole egg into a small bowl. If you need to separate the egg, use a soup- or tablespoon to lift the yolk, and the white will drain away in few seconds. Transfer the egg (or white) to another bowl if using more than one, and repeat with subsequent eggs.

Mar 19, 2010
by Anonymous

Hummm Really?

I hate when people who obviously arent open by saying "Im a chef". Thats bad enough but to continue by saying that you have difficulty cracking or seperating an egg. There are not words to describe how I feel. So I'll try. I am a Chef. Of the professional variety. I actually went to college for three years and then spend the next 23 years working in restaurants. I think that quantifies what I believe a chef is. Should I add I ve worked in over four countries spanning three continents.

I ve never had difficulty craking eggs or seperating them. Never met anyone who was a professional that had that had that problem either. So I suggest that if you need a useless gadget to open an egg you shoud either a. Practise a little harder or b. just accept that you are a twat and you should spend your time eating out like a good lad.

Mar 24, 2010
by Anonymous

Egg Cracker

I was ready to order this when I thought I would look it up online. Boy was I surprised to find all the negative comments. However, the more I read the more I agreed with the people who said "do it yourself".
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Mar 27, 2010
by Anonymous

Wow

Is cracking eggs really that difficult?

Mar 28, 2010
by Anonymous

Mad

Why cant i order one of these things to canada!!!!!!!!!!????????????

Mar 31, 2010
by Anonymous

This is the stupidest

This is the stupidest invention ever. Who would even consider wasting their hard earned money on such crap? Cracking eggs is not rocket science. As if there are not enough useless gadgets already.

Mar 31, 2010
by Anonymous

Come on....

The ez scrambler.......REALLY?

Apr 16, 2010
by Anonymous

Chef? REALLY?

Sorry friend, but no self respecting chef I know (I happen to be one myself) would ever admit to being too stupid to crack an egg, and for a simple reason.. lacking the basic skill set required to successfully crack an egg excludes you from calling yourself a chef.

There is a reason the food you eat, be it at a truck stop diner or fine dining establishment, is lacking in the unexpected texture of egg shell - that being if you couldn't do it right you would be destroyed verbally and told to pack your knives and walk on. Please don't disrespect this profession and the hours of sweat in hot kitchens put in by professionals in this industry by comparing dabbling at home to industry work.

Apr 24, 2010
by Anonymous

Huh! This Just Stupid

I'm one handed now but I've been cracking eggs one-handed for 30-plus years.
I'd have my eggs cracked before someone could even get gadget out of the drawer!

May 1, 2010
by Anonymous

What the......?

I first seen the commercial on CNN, I couldn't stop laughing, especialy the in-egg-scrambler thingy. For these gadgets, the inventor definatly deserves a top nomination for the Darwin Awards. :P

May 5, 2010
by Anonymous

ez cracker

Simply said, some people will buy anything.

May 25, 2010
by Anonymous

I love how they always

I love how they always include useless junk with their products and say "a $__ value". Ya, ok....but I can't buy it anywhere else so why do I care!???

Jun 5, 2010
by Anonymous

There is one born every minute

I wanted to find out how many units have been sold....

Maybe they should get the inventor of this onto the problem in the gulf, the economy, financial sector, health care and all the wars going on around the world. Make a commercial about each I am sure they can solve those problems too and people will believe it.

The very fact that there is a commercial means they determined there is a target market for it and it will sell. Wow, whenever I think people cannot be more gulible...

Jun 12, 2010
by Anonymous

wow you're such an asshole,

wow you're such an asshole, go kill yourself

Jun 19, 2010
by Anonymous

i soooooooooo agree

you read my mind...THIS IS A VERY STUPID INVENTION> i can teach a egg cracking class for 20.00!!!

Jun 25, 2010
by Anonymous

reply to Hummm Really?

First off...why are you such an arse? Putting someone down make you a big man? So he can't crack an egg...big deal. You're the type of guy who hides behind words and I'm sure if the guy was beside you, you'd keep your mouth shut. Too many people like you in the world. Quit being an arse and just help people out. The world doesn't need anymore assholes like you!

Jul 10, 2010
by Anonymous

A piece of crap

Bought one and it doesn't work. Just crushes the eggs. Just like some say above, takes more time, than doing it yourself. Using it fast or slow, still crushes eggs. I say don't buy or waste your time. I only good deal, is for the people selling them, not you. If you don't believe what you read here, then buy one and see for yourself. Good Luck

Jul 10, 2010
by Anonymous

Give me a break...

When I first saw this commercial, I was amazed that anyone would be gullible enough to buy such a device. I mean really, is anyone so incompetent that they actually crack eggs like shown? My mother taught me to crack an egg when I was fairly young. I rarely get shells in them, and if I do, I pick them out. She also taught me to separate eggs. And I have never had trouble peeling a hard boiled egg. Either I am incredibly skilled, or they must think people will believe anything. I just saw the commercial, again, and got to wondering just how bad the thing really is. About what I figured.

Jul 15, 2010
by Anonymous

Wow, seriously? (Not about the EZ cracker...about some of YOU!)

You know, most of you are right, most people should be able to crack an egg without getting the shell into the batter or anything like that. I wasn't looking into the EZ Cracker for that. No, what I WAS interested in was being able to crack a hard-boiled egg without having to sit forever peeling the damn thing. My family loves the deviled eggs I make but I doubt that they know what torture it is to sit and have to peel as many as 15 eggs sometimes. The possibility of being able to save several minutes and just pull two shell halves from a hard-boiled egg was the selling point for me. But, apparently now I'll never know how well it works to that extent, because of all the snobs coming on here and flaming this poor fellow. (I mean, most of you "chefs" can do that too, huh? No advice to the mere mortals about how to peel hard-boiled eggs faster?)

The number of people coming on here claiming to be chefs and then insulting the poor man is ridiculous. I don't see why anyone who can admit his faults is insulting the "real chefs" by mentioning that he is one. Let me guess, blathering to anyone within earshot about your years of culinary practice and snubbing anyone that asks for help on how to do something better is what makes a real chef? That's just pathetic. You're no better of a chef when you put yourself on a pedestal, let customers like myself be the judge of that. If you half-ass your food, we send it back, plain and simple, and no amount of your whiny bragging of your experience is going to make us shut up and eat it. I wish I knew where some of you (particularly "Hummm, really?") worked so I'll know what restaurants to avoid...I don't like my omelets with eggshell in it.

To Mr. John Barker, I'm sorry that you have to put up with utter idiots like these just because you admitted a shortcoming of yours in cooking. Apparently, cyberbullying is everywhere and there are many grown men and women that are still too immature to be on the internet. I hope you continue to hone your skills and wow the people that really matter...your friends and family!

Jul 17, 2010
by Anonymous

Bad Grammar!

The ad person who wrote the copy for EZ Cracker's TV spot needs to be sent back to repeat third grade English.

"Separating eggs ARE a hassle!" Ever heard of subject-verb agreement?

I'm embarrassed for this company, as evidently no one has enough education to remove this from their ad.

Jul 17, 2010
by Anonymous

no... you're wrong

actually, it would be "is". they are talking about a verb, SINGLE verb. yes the "eggs" is plural, but the "separating" is what they are talking about. so u are wrong my friend.

Jul 17, 2010
by Anonymous

Well.

There's a difference between being helpful and being a complete twat yourself.

Allow me to try:

I'm a chef. I've been one for a long period of time, a period of time that I must have learned something. I've also worked in a lot of restaurants, and know other people who are chefs too. Because of this, you're retarded, simply because you have none of the experience I have.

Listen guy, sorry, Chef Guy, you're a dick.There are people who can't boil water, I'm sorry if his houses' "chef" happens to be a little under experienced.

I've yet to meet a crack addict that they're a crack addict, or a whore who admits to being a whore.

Jul 22, 2010
by Anonymous

Subject verb

The subject of the sentence is separating, not eggs, so the very should be "is" not "are." That was the point I made.

I am not wrong. The ad is grammatically incorrect. I'm not sure what you're saying. It sounds like we agree that the verb should be "is", so why do you say I'm wrong?

Jul 22, 2010
by Anonymous

Subject verb

The subject of the sentence is separating, not eggs, so the very should be "is" not "are." That was the point I made.

I am not wrong. The ad is grammatically incorrect. I'm not sure what you're saying. It sounds like we agree that the verb should be "is", so why do you say I'm wrong?

Jul 23, 2010
by Anonymous

lolz

Saw the commerical, didnt believe, these comments proved it to me.

Jul 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Wish I had seen this first,

Wish I had seen this first, bought one and it is useless, the yolk breaks when you crack in in a pan, and as far as shelling a hard boiled egg that is a complete lie, the egg breaks in two and it is even harder to get the shell off. Don't waste your money!

Jul 28, 2010
by Anonymous

"Bad Grammar" is NOT wrong

He or she transcribed what the TV commercial ACTUALLY SAYS: "Separating eggs are a hassle"

Didn't you notice the quotation marks? Hint: When 'correcting' someone, it's a good idea to be right instead of making a fool of yourself.

Jul 29, 2010
by Anonymous

Thank You!

Thank you for your intelligent comments on the negativity of some of these other comments. The people who are bashing the author of this article are incredible. It makes them feel superior. If you have to post negative comments on a ratings site to make yourself feel superior, your circumstances must be pretty unfortunate.

In reality, the gentleman probably doesn't actually have all of difficult of a time cracking eggs. He chose a clever, humorous way to begin an article. Good grief...