Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Dying Easter Eggs is always a highlight in our house. The kids love dunking the eggs in the colored water and seeing them come out a vibrant color.  Easter is a week and a half away which means it’s time to buy your eggs now. Hard boiled eggs are the easiest to peel when they are older. Do not buy your eggs the day you boil them. You will lose most of the white when you try to peel them, and there is nothing more frustrating than that!

Making perfect hard boiled eggs is easy when you use this method: Place eggs in a deep saucepan in one layer. Cover with cold water (enough water so the eggs are fully immersed and water level is an inch above eggs) and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for one minute; cover with a lid and remove from heat. Set timer for 12 minutes and let eggs sit in covered pan of hot water. When timer goes off, immerse eggs in a cold ice water bath. (I drain and fill the pan I used and add a big bowl of ice cubes to the pan along with cold water.) Let eggs sit in cold water for 5 minutes and voila – perfect hard boiled eggs!

To dye them, I simply mixed 1/2 teaspoon food coloring gel in 1 1/2 cups warm water with 2 T of vinegar. Let eggs sit in the mixture until desired color is reached. Place on drying rack to let color set. Once eggs are dry, wipe with a little canola oil to make eggs shiny and bright. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

There are so many fun things you can do with Easter Eggs. Here are some great tips I found around the web:

Dinosaur Eggs – Our Best Bites

Tie Dye Easter Eggs – Hello Bee

Vibrant Eggs, Dyed Naturally – theKitchn

26 New Ways to Decorate Those Easter Eggs – hands on: as we grow


    • Lisa says

      Thanks, Sally. I love egg salad too! Perfect with the extra Easter Eggs-deviled eggs are too! Have fun dying them this weekend!

  1. says

    Funny that you posted a recipe for hard-boiled eggs because I just posted an egg salad recipe today that showed people how to hard-boil eggs as well. It must be the fact that Easter is right around the corner.
    I seriously never hard-boiled an egg till about a year ago. My hubby always did it for me until I decided it was about time I learned, and it’s honestly the easiest thing!
    Hope it’s warming up over there in MN :)

  2. says

    Reading a few articles about boiling and dying Easter eggs gave me a lot of thoughts.
    For color try tea. A lot of herbal teas make a very pretty color. Think about what you have easy access to and be creative. I am going to dye them a light color, let them dry and put round reinforcement labels and put them into a darker color, let them dry and remove the labels.
    I see that I have been boiling the incorrectly forever. I didn’t know you are supposed to cool them down before dying them. I am going to follow Lisa’s directions at the top of this page. I just recently bought some cooling racks, I’m glad I did. I used to put the hot eggs into the dye :-( I used to dry them on paper towels :-(
    Now I am going to use the cooling racks and try some new creative ideas. I have a ton of different stampers, I am going to try some thoughts I have with those and see if they work. Just use deep strong colored dyes over light colored eggs??? :-) Thanks Lisa, you have my brain going around and around! Have a Blessed Easter everyone!

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