Eggceptional Easter Eggs
First things first, here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Newspaper to protect your table
- Small cups or bowls
- A Slotted spoon
- Food Coloring
- Hot Water
The best way to boil your eggs:
- To boil eggs, place eggs in a saucepan filled with COLD water. Make sure the water is at least one inch over the eggs.
- Using high heat, bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Reduce the heat to a medium boil and cook for ten minutes.
- Remove from heat and put the eggs into a bowl of iced water until the eggs are completely cool. (This will prevent the greenish ring from forming around the yolk and it keeps the yolk a nice bright yellow color.)
Now if you want to get super fancy and hollow out your eggs, you’ll need to:
- To hollow out the egg, use a pin to put a small hole in one end of the egg and a slightly larger hole in the other end.
- Stick the needle far enough into the egg to break up the yolk inside.
- Once the yolk is broken, you can blow into the smaller hole and the egg will come out of the bigger one.
- Rinse the eggshell out and let it dry before decorating.
- And of course, you should always wash your hands after handling raw egg.
So you have your supplies, your eggs are ready to go, now what? You can either buy your food dye or you can make your own. If you want to make your own, here’s how:
- Use at least two cups of water and one teaspoon of vinegar plus the organic dye ingredients (fruits, veggies, coffee, or grass).
- Use 3 to 4 teaspoons of the spice ingredients and 3 to 4 cups of the whole fruit or vegetable ingredients.
- Boil the dye for at least five minutes, but remember that the longer you boil, the deeper the hue of the dye.
- Crush the ingredients in the pan to release the pigments, and strain.
Now that your eggs and dyes are ready it’s time to decorate them. You can go as simple or as fancy as you want too! If you go with natural dyes, you’ll want to pour 1/2 cup water in each sauce pan. Add cut-up fruit, vegetables or plants (carrots, blueberries, grass, coffee all work well). Bring to a boil and simmer until water turns color you like. Remove from heat and strain reserving water. When water is cool add boiled or blown eggs. Let sit until they turn the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.
If you use food coloring dye you’ll need to measure 1/4 tsp. food coloring in small bowl for each color. Add 3/4 cup hot water and 1 tbsp. white vinegar to each color. Add eggs and allow to sit until they are the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon. Polish dry eggs with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.