Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Egg Tips

Happy Easter Everyone!  If you're like me, you're waking up to a morning filled with Easter egg everything!  And every year I've wasted countless eggs from under boiling them because for some reason I am not a hard boiled egg type of person.  So this year I went on the lookout of some tips and tricks to help me out and save me a little money & eggs in the process.

Directions on Making Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Take eggs out of the fridge and let the come to room temperature before setting them in the pot to cook.
  • Put eggs in a pan large enough to hold all of the eggs in a single layer with cold water to cover the eggs by at least an inch.
  • Gently bring the water to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn off heat and cover eggs. Let it sit for 12 minutes.
  • After 12 minutes, drain eggs, add cold water and a few ice cubes.  Let the eggs cool for at least 10 minutes then drain and refrigerate.  They should be eaten within 5 days.
Tips for Hard Boiled Easter Eggs
  • Don't add salt to the water when you are ready to boil your eggs, it will make the water temperature too hot and your egg whites rubbery.
  • Add a tablespoon of vinegar to prevent the egg whites from running out of any eggs that happen to crack while cooking.  
  • If you want eggs that are easier to peels, don't use eggs that are fresh.  Use the eggs you've had in your fridge for several days.
  • Use kitchen tongs to place eggs into or take out of boiling water.

Egg Decorating and Dyeing Tips and Tricks
Egg Decorating and Dyeing can be fun but it can also be a mess!  If you don't have time to run to the store and still haven't dyed eggs today here's some homemade ways to go about dyeing and decorating!

The first thing you'll need is your boiled or blown eggs.  If you are using boiled eggs they must be kept refrigerated if you intend to eat them.  Do not eat hard boiled eggs that have been painted with acrylic paints or that have been sitting out for a long period of them.  If you plan on keeping the decorated eggs, using blown eggs is the way to go but be careful because they are much more fragile and harder for younger kids to handle.  
To make blown eggs: 
Poke a small hole in each end of egg with a large needle.  
Push the needle around inside the egg and twist around to break the yolk.
Hold the egg over a bowl and blow hard through the hole until the egg shell is empty.
Rinse eggshells well and allow to dry.

Natural Dye 
  • Various food and plant items
  • Sauce pans for each color
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Cooking Oil
  • Soft Cloth
Pour 1/2 cup of water into saucepan.  Add cut-up fruit, vegetable, or plants (blueberries, grass, strawberries, carrots, coffee all work well).  Bring to a boil then simmer until water turns desired color.  Remove the saucepan from heat and strain the reserving water.  When water is cool, add boiled or blown eggs.  Let it sit until the eggs have turned desired color.  Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry.  Polish with cooking oil and a soft cloth.

Crepe Paper Dye
  • Different colored crepe paper
  • Hot water
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Cooking Oil
  • Soft Cloth
Soak the crepe paper in hot water in individual bowls or cups for each color.  Add eggs and allow to sit in water until the egg turns desired color.  Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry.  Polish with cooking oil and a soft cloth.

Waxed Eggs
  • Wax Crayons
  • Paper Towels
  • Egg dyes in different colors
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Cooking Oil
  • Soft Cloth
Draw a heavy crayon pattern on a hard boiled egg then dip the egg in a preferably dark egg dye color.  Leave egg in dye until desired color is achieved.  Remove with slotted spoon and place in oven at 200 degrees F for only a few minutes for the wax to melt.  Wipe with a paper towel and dip again in a lighter dye to fill in the pattern where the wax was.  Polish with cooking oil and a soft cloth.

Food Coloring Dye
  • Food Coloring
  • Hot Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Cooking Oil
  • Soft Cloth
For each color measure 1/4 tsp. food coloring in a small bowl.  Add 3/4 cup hot water and 1 tbsp. white vinegar to each color.  Add eggs and allow to sit until desired color is achieved.  Remove with slotted spoon and polish with a small amount of cooking oil and a soft cloth.

Marble Eggs
  • Large Glass Jar
  • Crayon Stubs
  • Vegetable Grater
  • Hot Water
  • Waxed Paper or Newspaper
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Clear Acrylic Spray (optional)
Grate peeled crayon stubs over waxed paper.  Fill jar with very hot water.  Drop bits of grated crayon into water.  Add hard boiled egg or blown egg as soon as the wax begins to melt.  Twirl the egg in the water with the spoon.  The wax should make a design on the egg.  Very carefully remove the egg and place it upside down in the egg carton to dry.  Once dry you can spray it with the acrylic spray, if you are not going to eat them, to seal. 

Enjoy the rest of your Easter everyone and if you have any other Easter Egg tips comment below!

Sources: "Egg Decorating"-Kids' Turn Central

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