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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
Aug 21, 2010
by Anonymous

my method

crack the egg on a flay surface for a cleaner break

Aug 31, 2010
by Anonymous

Really

No, no it isn't. I've been able to do it since I was 10. Seperating the yolk, now that's a little harder.

Oct 17, 2010
by Anonymous

hard boiled eggs

I bought the POS because I thought it was a device to easily shell hot hard boiled eggs.
It's not. Doesn't even claim it once you get it but it did on the web site I looked at.

Oct 25, 2010
by Anonymous

Thanks for the advice

Watching the lady do it on the informercial seems too easy. With the pressure it puts on the egg, I'm not surprised that it crushes the egg.. Seems like a useless gadget to only add clutter to the kitchen.. Going to live with the fact that I have to sometimes scoop little pieces of egg shell out of the cake batter.. Meh, it's what makes baking fun.. the little things such as that...

Thanks again for being so honest..

And for the ppl badmouthing the guy who posted that he can't crack an egg. I'm glad that you are so perfect but lay off.. There is really no need to write those kinds of comments about someone you dont know.. Think about it - what does it really accomplish, except make you look like a jackass??

Jan 9, 2011
by Anonymous

If you can't crack an egg...

You aren't a chef. Period.

And for those that can't sit there "forever" to peel hard boiled eggs, press the egg under your palm and roll on the counter. This will crack the egg all around and then peel easily. No need for some ridiculously stupid product.

Separate yolks from whites with your hands. Yolks stay in your hand, whites fall through.

Chefs know this trick as well because they actually use them daily.

And if you're averse to touching eggs, then don't cook them.

Aug 22, 2011
by Anonymous

Price Prohibited

I didn't think it was worth the $20 or $15 so I passed. Then I saw it at the .99 Store so I bought it and love it. For $1 it's fine, double figures
not so much.

Dec 27, 2011
by Anonymous

Says the guy who went to

Says the guy who went to college for doing exactly that.

Jun 25, 2012
by Anonymous

I Agree

The EZcracker looks like a pain which explains why I never bought one. I have a soft touch and never have problems cracking my eggs. I barely tap the egg on the edge of the counter a couple of times and the shell is aways in 2 sections. I have an egg seperate that does a fantastic job. It is all metal, not some cheap plastic thing.