How to tell an egg is hard boiled and other egg cooking tidbits www.momskitchenhandbookA bubbling pot of water on the stovetop filled with a half dozen eggs is common sight in my kitchen. Stocking a supply of hard cooked eggs makes it easy to add a protein boost to everyday meals. I pop them into lunch boxes, slice them into dinner salads, make speedy deviled eggs for afternoon snacks, and hand them off for breakfast as my kids head out the door. If you’ve not been on the hard boiled egg bandwagon, here are a few tips to get you started.

1. To cook them just right, check out this tutorial from the folks at They’ve perfected a method that results in a firm white and bright yellow yolk every time.

2. Since hard boiled eggs look no different than raw ones it’s easy to mix them up, with potentially messy results. If you’re wondering how to tell an egg is hard boiled, set it on the counter and give a quick spin. Once it’s moving, tap your finger on it to stop the spinning. Eggs that are cooked will spin easily and rapidly and stop quickly. Raw eggs take a bit of momentum to get going and don’t stop so quickly with the touch of your finger.

3. To avoid the raw versus cooked connundrum, identify eggs that have been hard boiled with a permanent marker before storing them in the fridge.

4. Know that the fresher the egg, the harder it is to peel. Keep eggs in the fridge for seven to 10 days before boiling and the job of peeling will go that much easier. Peeling is easiest once eggs have cooled.

5. Unpeeled, hard boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.


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  1. Pamela
    01.09.2013 at 7:44 AM #

    oh yes, eggs are ok on the whole foods program~~have you any cold cereals with less than 5 ingredients? thanks

    • katiemorford
      01.09.2013 at 10:10 AM #

      I believe Shredded Wheat and Uncle Sams both meet the criteria. I imagine there are others, but will have to check out the cereal aisle.

  2. 01.11.2013 at 8:47 AM #

    About boiling fresh eggs…there is another tutorial somewhere that I’ve been following as I get my eggs nearly right out of the chicken! The primary difference between the link you referenced is plunging the eggs directly into an ice bath after the boiling:

    Boil water
    Add eggs carefully – with slotted spoon to boiling water
    Boil 15 minutes
    Put eggs gently in colander in ice bath
    Stir gently until they are cool

    I don’t do the “stir gently” part, just let them sit in the ice bath until they are cool and then into the frig or use immediately. I have been getting perfect hard boiled eggs from VERY fresh eggs. Tap them on the bottom to start and I have had no problems peeling them.

    Cold cereal: Perky’s Nutty Rice Cereal. It is gluten-free and I am fairly sure comes in at 5 ingredients using rice sugar as the sweetener. I call it adult rice krispies but better as it stays crunchy in milk. I mix in my own granola and/or dried fruit and sometimes a dollop of homemade nut butter. Also can be layered with yogurt and fruit for a “parfait”. My grocery has it in the bulk bins but I’ve also seen it in boxes and of course, on Amazon. Downside is I think it is a bit spendy for a family in boxes.

    I’m a whole food/buy local and seasonal follower with limited use of Wheat Montana (I live in Montana) white flour mixed with whole grain but very limited as I have moderated grains very much. A lot of inflammation/sore joints and skin issues (rosecea) have cleared, lost-losing weight, more energy, mitigated most menopause stuff (I think…maybe just timing…I’m 57) – I just feel very good. I did make the transition gradually as I learned and I love to cook AND no kids or husband – all making it much easier, I’m sure.

    • katiemorford
      01.11.2013 at 11:08 AM #

      Thanks for the egg tips…and the inspiration. I love stories of dietary changes making such a positive impact on health and quality of life.

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