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How To Boil Eggs And Pump Up The Color In Your Easter Egg Dye

Every Good Friday, my family gets together at my house to have lunch and dye Easter eggs. I make little Easter baskets with fun stuff for the beasties, and then I turn them loose on the eggs! This year, there are 6 little ones who will be dipping their eggs in cups of dye, but how do you make sure you have the perfect egg for your little egg artists?

Darn this egg!  >photo by Patricia Martinez
Darn this egg! >photo by Patricia Martinez<


How To Boil The Perfect Egg



I hate to see a boiled egg that looks like Humpty Dumpty after his great fall, so here is the method I use to make them. I have to admit, for the first time in years, I had one burst on me. That’s the egg in the picture, but it’s been a very long time since that has happened!

Put eggs in a pan and put enough water in the pan to cover them completely by an inch. Don’t lower the eggs into the pan or they might crack.
Bring to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium so the water doesn’t bubble around the eggs.
Cook for 20 minutes, and then run under water for a minute.
Spread out on a kitchen towel so they don’t roll off the counter. When they’re cool- give it about 20 minutes – put in the refrigerator.


Paste dyes are a wonderful thing!  >photo by Patricia Martinez
Paste dyes are a wonderful thing! >photo by Patricia Martinez<


How To Dye The Perfect Easter Egg



Easter egg dyes are pretty universal.  Some call for vinegar and water, some just water.  Whichever brand of dye you use, bump up the color by adding edible paste colors.  You can get them at pretty much any store that sells cake supplies.  I’ve even seen them at the grocery store.  They aren’t very expensive, and you can use them to dye frosting, cake batters, or even cookies, so they won’t be something you’ll use only at Easter.

Be aware that paste dyes are very concentrated and a little goes a long way.  I mix them in half the amount of water called for on the box of egg dye.  Warm the water a bit and they mix easily with a plastic fork.



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