Are they hard boiled or not?

When my daughter was little, she used to like to crack hard boiled eggs on her forehead. One of the funniest memories I have is when, you guessed it- she was cracking before I could tell her the egg was raw!  The other day I was boiling some eggs and just for fun, I added some blue food dye.  I realized that the dyed eggs were a great way to know which eggs were hard boiled and which were not. They came out a very pale shade of blue but it was just enough to differentiate. Don’t forget to add some vinegar to the water, too!

Update: this is a great idea for dyeing Easter eggs. Set up a few pots of   water with different colors in each (don’t forget the vinegar) and simply boil your eggs in the water.

Warning: If your family has a tradition of dyeing Easter eggs, you may get some resistance if you do it this way.  However, if all the egg dyeing is under your purview, it may be something fun to try.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Add eggs, water, and about 2 T vinegar to a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil on high, then turn the heat down to med-high and set the time for 13-15 minutes. After the timer rings, drain water from pot and re-fill with cold water. Add ice or ice packs to cool the eggs down and stop the cooking process. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

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