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