How to Easily Remove Broken Egg Shells From a Bowl

Who enjoys chasing a little piece of egg shell in the bowl of eggs only to miserably fail, time after time again?


Yeah.. that’s what I thought — me neither. Ain’t nobody got time for that when you’ve got a screaming hungry toddler at your feet and your own hunger pain is so strong that you can feel the incredible hulk starting to build up and your patience run low. I’m one of those people you seriously don’t want to be around when I get hungry. Now, if only I magically had a sign that popped up on my forehead that said “Caution: Watch What You Say Until I Get Some Food in My Mouth… Better Yet, Don’t Even Talk to Me.”

To minimize the chance of this happening, just learn how easily remove broken egg shells from a bowl — frustration and borderline-hulkness free.


So… What’s The Trick?

Many of you may already know this (if so, consider yourself one of the lucky ones) but same may not. Personally I did not know about this ridiculously easy trick until my Aunt told me about it about a year ago. I thought to myself, “Where has this trick been my whole life!?!?” Shoot, I always used to use a spoon and it would take me way too long to try and get the little egg shell out (aka not fun).

I was inspired to write this post because a couple days ago I was absentmindedly trying to chase that dang piece of broken egg shell with my finger. After about 20 seconds, with no success, I remembered the trick my Aunt shared with me. So, I decided I’d share with you just in case you weren’t aware of it.

Well, are you ready for it? Are you ready for the most insanely easy trick that does not require the dirtying of extra dishes or feeling like a piece of egg shell has you beat?

Ok. Here it is: Use half of the empty egg shell to pick up the little broken piece in the bowl! That’s it!

I hope I just made your life 234987345982734 times better. If you already know this trick, please be so kind and share with your friends, so they too can feel the freedom of not being beat by a dang egg shell.

Oh, and if you want another no-brainer trick, check out THIS post on how to make the most easy, peasy bacon bits in the world.

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  1. My husband, of all people, shared this tip with me years ago. And he doesnt even cook! (As i slapped my head) Weird how the shell just attracts itself, huh?

      1. I have known this trick for a long time. Maybe my mother showed me. I still can’t understand why it works. Can it simply be the fact that the egg shell scoop edge is so thin that it cuts through the white? Or is there some other science working here, like the eggshells are charged with ions that attract to one another? That’s a stretch I suppose but for it to work so consistently each time—-there must be some science going on there. Also, to those concerned about pathogens getting into the mix from the outside of a scooping shell: I wouldn’t be working with ‘dirty’ eggs to begin with. Even those brought in from my daughter’s yard hens I was well. Also, cooking should take care of the germs. And finally, ‘so my fingers that have been handling the dirty eggs would be any safer to dip into the mixture than the shells themselves?’

        1. You know, I’m not really sure. You’re right, it does seem that there has to be some kind of science to it. Either way, it’s such a helpful trick to know.

  2. I would be careful with this because pathogens that people normally associate with raw eggs are usually found on the OUTSIDE of the shell. So be sure to cook the egg thoroughly.

  3. Huh. I will have to remember this the next time I make eggs, because those little pieces of eggshell are one of the banes of my existence. Thank you!

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