I have been a mother for over five years now and somehow this is the first year that I actually get around to dying Easter eggs with my kids. I have no idea what took me so long, especially since it is so dang easy to make your own Easter egg dye using nothing more than water, food coloring, and vinegar.
If you’ve never made your own Easter egg dye and buy the packaged kind instead, I highly recommend you go the DIY-way.
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This time around I was quite successful using the following technique to hard boil my eggs. Out of 24 eggs only 2 had slight cracking.
- Put a single layer of eggs in a saucepan and cover with one to two inches of cold water.
- Add 1/2 a teaspoon of salt.
- Add 1/2 a teaspoon of vinegar.
- Gently bring eggs to a boil.
- As soon as the eggs boil, remove them from the heat, and cover the saucepan. Let them sit for 12 minutes.
- Strain the hot water from the pan, fill with cold water, drain and repeat until the eggs are cool.
Now it’s time to make your dye!
- Food coloring
- Vinegar (the white wine distilled kind, save the balsamic for a salad)
- Room temperature water
- Bowls, cups, empty yogurt cups or whatever to mix your dye in and also to dye the eggs in.
- Mix 1 cup of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Add about 40-45 drops of food coloring and mix it all up. Do this for each individual color.
- Once you’ve got all your colors set up, drop individual eggs into the bowls of dye and wait about 30 seconds to pull them out with a spoon, tongs, or fingers you are willing to get stained. You can dry them on a cookie rack over a cookie sheet covered with paper towels or just on top of paper towels.
Go on and get creative. You can make different designs by dipping the bottom half of and egg in one color, letting it drip dry a bit, and then dipping the top half in a different color. You can also wrap the eggs with rubber bands before dipping them in dye to create cool stripey effects. Stickers are an awesome way to block off certain parts of the egg from getting colored as well. Use your imagination and have fun.
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Note: You can halve the recipe of the dye and still color a ton of eggs. I use these measurements because I like enough dye in each container to be able to cover the entire egg in one dunk if I want.