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How to Separate Eggs - Step 1 - Begin with an Egg
Separating Eggs - Step One
2010 Separating Eggs - Step One Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
For ease of separation, eggs should be clean, dry and room temperature. Crack the egg on a thin surface. Use enough force to break the egg, but not too much to crush it. Make sure there are at least 2 bowls; one for the white and one for the yolk.