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Two new egg yolk separators suck at their job

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January 22, 2013

The Pluck (left) and the Yolkr (right)

The Pluck (left) and the Yolkr (right)

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Whether you’re making a meringue, a low-calorie omelet or any number of other dishes, sometimes you need just an egg white – without the yolk. Once you’ve cracked the egg open, you can try “pouring” off the yolk, or lifting it out with a traditional strainer-style egg yolk separator. Two new products, however, also give you the option of sucking it away.

Created by Texas entrepreneur Mark Fusco, the Pluck consists of a silicone squeeze bulb, attached to a clear plastic yolk chamber. To use it, you just give it a bit of a squeeze, put the business end of the device up against the yolk, then release the bulb a little. As air is drawn in, the yolk comes with it. By squeezing the bulb again, that yolk can then be plopped into a dish for later use.

The two pieces of the device can be separated for washing.

The Pluck recently finished up a successful crowd-funding campaign on Quirky, and is now available for purchase on that site, at a price of US$12.99. It can be seen in use in the following video.

New Zealand mechanical engineer Hamish Dobbie’s gadget, the Yolkr, is ... well, its concept is pretty much identical to that of the Pluck. It works in exactly the same way, and also comes apart for cleaning.

Dobbie is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter, and has already exceeded his funding goal. A pledge of £18 ($28.50) will get you one, once they’re ready to go. Although they’re the pricier of the two, buyers can choose between various colors, as opposed to the Pluck’s basic white.

The Yolkr can be seen sucking egg yolks in the video below.

Finally, if saving money is more important to you than having neat kitchen gizmos, there is a third option – just use an empty plastic water bottle.

Sources: Quirky, Kickstarter

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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11 Comments

$13-28? No, thanks. I'll just go to the dollar store, pick up a baster and cut off most of the narrow tip.

Gadgeteer
22nd January, 2013 @ 03:45 pm PST

hmm, that's clever.

A bit pricey though, considering I would use a plastic water bottle and get the same result...

The price should have been 15-20 dollars.

Derek Howe
22nd January, 2013 @ 04:42 pm PST

So in the end who has the patent rights for this product?

RC
22nd January, 2013 @ 05:21 pm PST

I'll continue separating the yolk from the shell using the tried and true method humans have been using for hundreds of years. Using the shell.

Ken Tuck
23rd January, 2013 @ 06:15 am PST

@ Ken Tuck: why don't you continue separating the yoke from the white, rather than the shell? Actually, that method is a bit tedious and the plastic bottle sounds like the best and cheapest idea. If I was doing this idea I would do away with the clear plastic collar. It's not necessary, and you've only one type of material to cope with. Presumably, a silicone rubber.

windykites1
23rd January, 2013 @ 07:48 am PST

Try pouring the egg through your fingers and buy a few dozen eggs with the money you save. Serious waste of money and energy.

Karl L
23rd January, 2013 @ 08:10 am PST

Second on the water bottle. That's what I've used and it works well and is somewhat cheaper than this. When its done its job or gets dirty off to the recyclers. Rate this one right up there with the garlic peeler sold by the shamwow dude. 2 cents of plastic and a LOT of markup on it.

Wragie
23rd January, 2013 @ 11:54 am PST

Yeah, an empty plastic water bottle does the same thing... and it's recycled.

Warhead
23rd January, 2013 @ 12:06 pm PST

Much to expensive, needs to be $2.00 or use a used water bottle, which is what I do

Richard Unger
23rd January, 2013 @ 12:56 pm PST

I saw this done years ago with an empty, plastic soda bottle. The one litre size is great. Just invert it over the already cracked open egg. Squeeze the bottle slightly. Place mouth of bottle into the yolk and release the bottle slightly. The yolk will pop cleanly into the neck of the bottle. Then just place mouth over a second dish and squeeze. Voila! Perfect separation every time!

kinerf
26th January, 2013 @ 06:10 am PST

RC - The Yolkvac has been patent pending since before these two suckers were out. It's taken longer as I'm an individual with a day job and less funding than the corporations, however. It's on Kickstarter now though, check it out!

Paul Osterberg
24th October, 2013 @ 08:17 am PDT
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