How to Crack an Ostrich Egg

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How to Crack an Ostrich Egg
A hammer and chisel can crack an ostrich egg. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Unlike a chicken egg, the hard shell of an ostrich egg cannot just be cracked or peeled. The shell, which resembles ceramic, is approximately 1/8 of an inch thick. The female ostrich sits on the egg during the day and the male takes over at night, therefore the egg has to be strong enough to support up to 181 Kilogram. One ostrich egg can serve up to 15 people, but before you can cook with the egg, you have to be able to crack it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Drill bits

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  1. 1

    Place the ostrich egg on a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Hold a hammer in one hand and a chisel in the other. You may need extra assistance from another person to hold the egg in place.

  3. 3

    Place the chisel at the top of the egg and hit it with the hammer, until you penetrate through the shell. Turn the egg upside-down over a large bowl and drain the contents from it.

  4. 4

    Use a drill with a brick or ceramic drill bit to drill a draining hole into the egg, if you want to keep the shell intact. Drill a hole into the top of the egg and drain the contents into a bowl. Aim to make a 1/4-inch size hole. If the egg white and yolk come out slowly, drill another hole into the egg, next to the first hole.

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