Eggs are one of the most underrated foods. Much like coffee, people decide early in their lives how they prefer their eggs and they rarely make anything outside their comfort zone. Take my own mother, for example. Her favorite way to make eggs is scrambled with a side of bacon. Even when we go out for breakfast, she always orders the same thing.

Do me a solid and don’t be like my mother. Give one of these egg hacks a go to spice up your morning routine. Whether you decide to create the perfect fried egg or simply want a way to switch up how you separate the yolk from the whites, these hacks are sure to impress you.

1. Use a plastic bottle to remove the yolk

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Hailey Maher

If you’re someone who struggles to separate the yolk and egg whites with just the egg shell, this hack is for you. Simply crack an egg into a bowl and then place a squeezed plastic water bottle over the yolk. As you gently release your grip on the bottle, the yolk will get sucked into it.

2. Make poached eggs with plastic wrap

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Madelyn B Bucher

Poached eggs are one of life’s simple pleasures, but they’re not always simple to make. To avoid breaking your yolk, try poaching an egg in plastic wrap. Place a square of plastic wrap over a bowl and grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Then crack your egg into the greased plastic and wrap the entire bundle up. Drop your parcel into boiling water and cook for six minutes.

#SpoonTip: Poached eggs are perfect all day, so don’t limit yourself to using this egg hack just for breakfast recipes.

3. Use a Mason jar lid to make a perfect egg

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Kirby Barth

To make a perfect fried egg, crack an egg into a greased Mason jar lid. This will prevent the egg whites from spilling out and you’ll be left with a perfectly round egg.

4. Minimize the amount of shell in your eggs

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Jocelyn Hsu

Instead of cracking your eggs on the side of the frying pan, crack them on a flat surface like your countertop instead. This will minimize the number of shell pieces that get into your egg so that you can spend less time picking them out of your scrambled eggs.

5. Make scrambled eggs in the microwave

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Olivia Chadwick

Making scrambled eggs in the microwave sounds weird, but it actually tastes really good. I did this countless times when I lived in the dorms, and it made me feel like I was actually cooking for myself.

To make microwave scrambled eggs, crack two eggs into a mug or microwave-safe bowl. Microwave them on high for 45 seconds, then stir them a little. Pop them back in for another 30 seconds, then season and enjoy.

6. Hard-boil eggs in the oven

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Caroline Alexander

Ditch the pot of boiling water and make your hard-boiled eggs in the oven instead. Simply pre-heat your oven to 325ºF and bake the eggs for 30 minutes. Put them into bowl of ice water as soon as they come out of the oven to stop them from cooking further. Once they’ve cooled, peel your “boiled” eggs and tuck in.

7. Fry up a toad-in-a-hole grilled cheese

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Hui Lin

Take your grilled cheese to the next level by cracking an egg into the center of it. Use the top of a glass to cut a hole in the middle of your grilled cheese. Place the sandwich back in a buttered pan and crack an egg in the hole. Place a lid on your creation and let cook for one minute before digging in.

These egg hacks are a great way to switch up your morning routine. Instead of making your usual scrambled eggs tomorrow morning, give one of these tricks a go. I have a funny feeling you’re going to find your new favorite way to make eggs…