Opinion: An eggcellent idea?


If there’s something on the market that might make my life a little easier, you can bet I’m going to try it. My interest was piqued when I saw a product on Amazon called the EZ Cracker, which is a nifty little mechanism that (the manufacturer claims) takes all the work and mess out of cracking eggs.

For a mere $17.95, this product guarantees you’ll never find eggshells in your food again.  You simply place the egg in this hand-held appliance and squeeze the handles. Before you know it, it has sliced the egg cleanly in half and deposited the liquid contents in a bowl, yolk intact. I’ll wait while you grab your credit card.

As a bonus, there is a tiny spindle attached to this kitchen tool that you can insert into the raw egg, and after a bit of witchcraft, the egg is scrambled while it is still in the shell. Why is the newest iPad getting all the good PR?

Testimonials from recent buyers were mostly positive, but there are some complaints: “I would love to give this five stars, but I find that it doesn’t work with free-roaming eggs.” Don’t eggs have to be stationary in order for the thing to operate properly? One customer said the EZ Cracker was “OK,” but that she probably wouldn’t order another one. Was she thinking of putting one in the extra bedroom?

Amazon says some people who bought an EZ Cracker also purchased the $5.99 Egg Yolky, a state-of-the-art device that divides the yellow from the white in order to make cholesterol-free dishes. I’m thinking that people too lazy to crack their own eggs are not real interested in a healthy diet.

Another featured egg item is a round wire thingamajig that cuts the top off of soft-boiled eggs. One husband was angry his wife left it out where the kids could find it because he thought it was her IUD. I wish I were making that up.

I’m going to stick to the old-standard methods of food prep. What would Eggs Benedict be without a little crunch?


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