Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs
 
  • Remove however many eggs you are going to color from the refrigerator 1 hour before boiling to allow the eggs to reach room temperature to help prevent cracking the eggs during boiling.

  • Place white eggs in enough cold water to cover eggs completely, bring to rolling boil and cook (lower medium boil) an additional 10-12 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and immediately place eggs in a large bowl of ice cold water, or run eggs under very cold running water, to chill promptly to help the yolks stay bright yellow. Leave in ice water until eggs are completely chilled.

  • Place eggs in a small deep bowl or large sturdy glass (one for each color) with 3/4 cup warm water, 5 drops food coloring, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. The vinegar is optional, but highly recommended as it helps the color adhere to the shell evenly and will help the eggs color more beautifully.
  • Remove after 2 to 4 minutes (until desired color is reached) and dry with a paper towel.

  • Refrigerate promptly and always keep at or below 45 F until ready to use. Eggs kept in the shell and refrigerated can be kept for up to 1 week before being used for egg hunts, or converted into deviled eggs or egg salad.

  • Use older eggs if possible for hard boiling. Extremely fresh eggs can be very difficult to peel. For easiest peeling, use eggs near the “Use By” date on the carton or egg or up to 2 weeks after the “Sell By”date stamped on the carton.



Want to color eggs the natural way?
Take your boiled eggs and color them using these traditional natural coloring methods:

Golden Brown or Red
Simmer the brown outer skins or red skins of onions for 5-10 minutes. The more skins you use, the darker the color.

Blue & Red
Mash blueberries - fresh, frozen or canned - in a pan with a little water. Simmer 5-10 minutes. For red use raspberries!

Lilac
Dip eggs in cold grape juice. For a darker shade, simmer the juice for 5-10 minutes.

Pale Green
Chop and simmer the green tops of carrots. For orange , grate the carrots, and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Chocolate -colored
Dip eggs in hot coffee straight from the coffeepot.

"This is the day which the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24

Easter Eggs