No, it’s not a magic trick – yes, you can use an empty plastic bottle to separate an egg yolk from the white.

It’s much less messy than catching the yolk in your hand and a lot more reliable than cracking an egg and using the shell to filter the white out.

Plus, there’s a lot less chance you’ll break the yolk, and it’s an almost foolproof way to ensure no pesky little bits of shell end up with the yolk or white either.

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Get ready to impress your family with this brilliant little life hack.

Step 1: Crack an egg into a bowl or jug

Step 2: Take a clean plastic bottle and place it over the yolk

Step 3: Squeeze the bottle and let it ‘suck up’ the yolk

Step 4: Squeeze out the yolk into a clean bowl or jug

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