LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – We all hate fishing out the tiny piece of egg shell from the bowl when an egg cracking goes wrong. The EZ Cracker could put an end to egg shell mishaps. The EZ Cracker is an egg cracker designed to split an egg shell by holding onto the shell while dropping the contents below. This is all done with a squeeze of the handle and a properly positioned egg.
I took the EZ Cracker to the Westlake Fire Department to test it with Captain Jonathan Duff. Often, he needs to prepare meals for his crew during a shift. Sometimes it includes a lot of cooking and we're hoping the EZ Cracker will make extracting the egg from the shell a bit easier.
For the test, we use medium, large, jumbo, and farm eggs for cracking. Our first egg slides into the holders. It takes some light pressure to squeeze the handle, and our egg whites and yolk fall into the bowl. The contents drop below and the shells hold in the harness until we remove them. Every size egg, from the medium to the jumbo, splits in half perfectly. After cracking over a dozen eggs, we only find one shell in the bowl and it's large enough to easily remove. The shell piece is a long shard and may have fallen in while we were examining the cracked shell.
Captain Duff elaborates on his experiences with the EZ Cracker saying, "I think the farm eggs did really good. They seem to be the best of all—easiest to pick out all the yolks. The large eggs, if we did break off a piece it would be on a larger one. So I'd say stick to the medium to large eggs."
Now we step it up a notch by adding the yolk-white separator attachment. However, success is not so easy to come by with this addition. Some yolks separate completely from the whites. But others have trouble splitting completely. Another drops into the separator and breaks the yolk.
As far as the hard boiled eggs, the EZ Cracker does not work as well as we hope. The boiled egg cracks in half, making it a bit more difficult to get the shell fragments off of the egg. The shell easier peeled by hand.
"I guess it's practical if somebody doesn't know how to crack an egg or has trouble cracking eggs. And it seems to be safe enough; it doesn't really look like you can cut yourself on the parts down at the bottom. It's easy to clean," says Captain Duff.
The EZ Cracker holds up to it's claims, but Jonathan is hardly an EZ Cracker addict. "It works. I think it takes an easy job and makes it more complicated," adds Duff.
So we'll shell out a YES to the EZ Cracker for this week's "Does it work?" test. We found the EZ Cracker selling for about $15 at a local business.
Web Extra: We originally ordered the EZ Cracker from the website. After several weeks of no charge to the credit card, I called weekly to inquire about my order. Each week, I was told it was on back order and my card would be charged once it arrived and the order was shipped. I was never given a time frame on the calls, so once I found it in the stores I cancelled my online order. I waited just over two months before cancelling the order. The customer service representatives were very kind each week when I called. On another note, the EZ Cracker is NOT dishwasher safe, so keep in mind it's another item to hand wash after making your eggs. Our box came with the EZ Cracker and the separator attachment.
Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.