How to Empty Eggshells

Follow these easy instructions to create liquid-free eggs for any number of decorating styles. Be careful: they’re delicate when empty.


Brown or white eggs
Long, sterilized needle
Plastic turkey baster
Clean bowl
Small bud vase


  1. WASH the egg, using water warmer than the egg, and DRY it.
  2. With a sterilized long needle, PRICK a small hole in the small end of the egg and a large hole in the large end. Carefully CHIP away bits of shell around the large hole until it’s big enough to accommodate the tip of a baster. STICK the needle into the yolk to break it.
  3. Either SHAKE the egg large-end down over a cup or bowl until the contents come out or use a baster to push out the contents. PRESS the bulb of the baster to push air into the egg, letting the contents fall into the bowl. If the contents don’t come out easily, INSERT the needle again and MOVE it around to be sure both the shell membranes and yolk are broken. RINSE the empty shell under cool running water and STAND it on a small bud vase to drain and dry. Be careful when decorating emptied shells – they’re quite fragile.

Insider Info

Use eggs from inside of ‘emptied eggshells’ immediately in a recipe that calls for whole eggs and thorough cooking. Most baked dishes – such as casseroles, custards, quiches, cakes or breads – are good uses for eggs emptied from their shells.