PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If you’re not careful, cracking an egg for your next meal could end with an unwelcome surprise when it’s time to sit down and eat.
But the EZ Cracker says shells be gone. It can be found at most local stores for $20, and includes the EZ Scrambler, which says it will scramble eggs in the shell.
But does it really do that?
For eight years, Kelly O’s diner has been a prime breakfast spot in the North Hills, but for Kelly O’Connor, serving up all that food is no piece of cake.
“Cooking, you’re doing dishes, running, waiting on a lot of people,” she says. “It’s a lot of work.”
With a menu like hers, including items like Belgian waffles, pancakes, omelettes, mixed grills and burritos, there’s a recurring theme of eggs.
“When I’m cracking, I crack five flats at a time, when you’re doing this many at a time – that’s 15 dozen – you gotta be pretty quick,” says O’Connor.
The infomercial calls EZ Cracker “the ingenious, new product that lets you crack open eggs, separate eggs, even open hard-boiled eggs without the mess.”
The directions explain to “simply insert an egg in the cradle, and simply squeeze to instantly crack and release an egg from its shell.”
“It’s complicated,” O’Connor says of the EZ Cracker.
Once she figured it out though, it was time for O’Connor to take a crack at the product by holding the unit over a bowl and squeezing the handles together to crack the egg.
After a second try, she finds out that there’s a trick to the EZ Cracker.
“I gotta squeeze it really hard,” she said.
There are some promises the product makes that work like the EZ Cracker’s ability to separate egg whites from the yolk, and others that don’t like the promise that it cuts open hard-boiled eggs with ease.
O’Connor also tried out the EZ Scrambler, a dangerous-looking contraption that promises to scramble an egg in the shell. It comes as a free gift with the cracker.
“Place the egg on the pin, push the pierce to shell, and now while holding the egg loosely with one hand … oh, no, it’s doing something,” said O’Connor while trying out the product. “Oh, my goodness; that is amazing! I have never seen anything like that in my lifetime.”
As for the EZ Cracker, O’Connor offers a thumbs up for the product.
“It definitely does what it says – it’s separates, it cracks, you’ll probably get an eggshell once in a while, but for home use [it's] perfect.”