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Why It's A Mistake To Crack Eggs On The Edge Of Your Counter

Most of us were taught to crack eggs against the edge of our countertop, but after you've fished out shell fragments from your eggs, you realize there must be a better way.

This method causes tiny fractures in the shell, which are pushed into the egg and pierce the yolk. This is a problem if you need to separate the yolk and white for a recipe.

According to the CDC, salmonella can be found on egg shells, and tiny fragments in the egg can lead to food-borne illnesses if the eggs aren't cooked until firm or are used raw.

A single whack on a flat surface is the best method to crack eggs. Reduce shell fragments by cracking the egg on the countertop with one smack to the egg's equator.