Although many children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Easter Bunny, one of our most anticipated Easter activities is coloring Easter Eggs as a family. Each year, right before Easter, we get together, cousins and all, to dye our Easter Eggs.
Here are some Tips for Dyeing Eggs:
- When buying eggs to dye, choose only refrigerated eggs with clean and uncracked shells. Always check the date on the package. Preferably, buy your eggs a few days before you will hard boil them, as really fresh eggs are harder to peel and shells stick to the eggs.
- To hard boil eggs, place eggs in cold water, covering eggs entirely. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to prevent cracking. Gently bring eggs to a boil. Simmer eggs for 10 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Some chefs suggest adding a half teaspoon of salt to prevent cracking and making peeling easier.
- Let eggs cool thoroughly before coloring. Divide the eggs between children to avoid any comments that a sibling got one more egg than the other ... yes, you know what we're talking about.
- If you are going with the option of dyeing eggs with the Colored Tablets sold in stores, read the directions carefully, as each tablet must be dissolved in a separate bowl/cup in 2 teaspoons of white vinegar. This takes a few minutes so don't rush it. Water is then added to the dissolved colors, usually about 1/2 cup per container. Make sure coloring is non-toxic, so eggs can be eaten.
- You can also create beautifully dyed eggs with natural colors from food or flowers. For instructions on Foods & Flowers to use that will dye Eggs naturally, go to Whats Cooking America
- Let kids decorate eggs, if desired, using a crayon or small birthday candle, drawing designs and names before dipping into the dye. The wax will not adhere if eggs have been colored first.
- Another option for fun and easy designs that kids can do is to use rubber bands and wrap them around the eggs, leaving white areas that will take the color when the egg is dipped into the dye. Let the egg dry thoroughly or dab with paper towel before removing the rubber bands.
- Note that eggs must be kept cold prior to dyeing and after dyeing. They should only be out of the fridge for about 2 hours.
- Hard boiled eggs can be kept in the fridge for one week, so be sure to eat them within that time frame.
- As a reminder, wash hands, utensil and counters with soap and warm water before and after handling raw eggs.
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By Sharon Pierce McCullough