How to Distinguish Hard-Boiled Eggs

May 31, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

Tinted Hard-Boiled Eggs

To instantly distinguish a hard-boiled egg from an uncooked one in the carton without cracking it, add a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to the water when you’re boiling them. The vinegar will tint the porous egg shell ever so slightly, without altering the taste.

See how to hard-boil an egg and 10 recipe ideas for hard-boiled eggs.


  1. Sarah

    Another check is to spin the egg…a hard cooked egg will spin faster than an uncooked egg.

    May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm
  2. Helen Austin

    Why not mark an ‘H’ on the egg with pencil after it’s boiled? More sensible than wasting a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar or your time spinning an egg..

    June 2, 2013 at 11:35 am
  3. l

    Loved Helen’s common sense idea; for me the balsamic vinegar or food coloring added to the egg water would HELP me avoid placing the hard boiled eggs into the container, FORGETTING to mark the ones just cooled with a pencil “X” or “H”. I’ve done that, confusing everyone else in the house. Too funny, but true.

    June 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  4. Pam

    Or just store them in a different container than the raw eggs

    June 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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