Mark Hard Boiled Eggs With Vinegar To Avoid A Runny Surprise

Mark Hard Boiled Eggs With Vinegar To Avoid A Runny Surprise

If you’re boiling hard boiled eggs to enjoy later, and you want to store them in an egg carton with your raw eggs, how do you tell them apart? If you add a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to the pot when you boil them, you’ll have no trouble at all.

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Brigitt Hauck at Real Simple explains that the vinegar tints the boiled egg shells a subtle beige without changing the flavour of the egg inside, allowing you to easily distinguish them from their unboiled brethren. Unfortunately, this trick won’t work if you bake your eggs in an oven, but if you boil your eggs the scientifically perfect way, this is an easy way to keep them organised.

How To Distinguish Hard Boiled Eggs [Real Simple]


    • ha, never thought about it til now, why our our egg shells the colour they are, compared to what look like very white ones in the picture (and on the linked site)

      It might still work as it might still make them a slight shade darker then the rest in the carton.

      Update: I found my own answer, its to do with the breed of chicken, american market appears to prefer the white shelled egg, so there market tends to use chickens that create a white shelled egg, where as europe and australia tend to prefer the yellow/orange shell.

      • Eggs in America are bleached to make them look better? Some how this makes sense to them.

        It may make them darker, you’re right, hence why I asked, which it is still a pointless question for e because I don’t do this.

  • You could just spin the egg, a hard boiled egg will spin for a lot longer time then a raw egg.

    Simply bet your mates that you can spin an egg longer then they can, just make sure you have the boiled egg and you can’t loose. Easy Money!

    • so to tell if your eggs are boiled, one by one pull them out and.. spin them? Seems extremely laborious.

  • shake a raw egg, shake a hard boiled egg – you can clearly tell the difference. Don’t shake TOO hard. 🙂

  • Please Lifehacker, please for the love of Banjo Patterson stop dressing up this American crap without thinking “Is this safe to do?”

    Placing cooked food with raw food, especially potentially listeria covered egg shells, rolling in chicken shit and the like, so that when you peel your cooked egg the bacteria spread is how you get food poisoning.

    NEVER put cooked eggs where your raw eggs go. Never put cooked chicken with raw chicken. Always carefully wash your hands and utensils and cooking area after it has had raw chicken near it.

    Probably one of the most dangerous foods around when raw, and that includes the eggs, especially here in Australia as a more natural, ethical product is oft sought out.

  • Just get a sharpie and put an ‘X’ on the outside of the egg. It’s not like you are going to eat the shell.

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