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Since I was a little girl, in my home and in the homes of many people in the US and worldwide, we dyed hard boiled eggs at Easter time. Today I still enjoy the tradition with my kids and it is really easy to do. Here are 6 simple steps to creating your own Easter eggs. Give it a try!
Step 1: Hard boil the eggs. Place the eggs in a pot, cover them with water and bring them to a boil. Lower the heat and let them simmer for about 12 minutes. Immediately remove them from the hot water and run under cold water to stop them from cooking more.
Step 2 (optional): Decorate the eggs. We decorate our eggs first using crayons (the wax doesn’t dye, so the image stays) or rubber bands to create designs. Be creative! You can draw animals, flowers, people, words, etc. Note that we put an old placemat underneath so the dye doesn’t stain our tablecloth.
Step 3: Prepare the dyes. Fill a glass with a half a cup of water (113g) and one teaspoon of white vinegar. Add at least 20 drops or more of liquid food coloring. Mix red and yellow to make orange, blue and yellow to make green and red and blue to make purple.
Step 4: Leave the eggs 5 minutes in the dye. The longer you leave them, the stronger the color will be. When they have the color you want, remove the egg with a spoon.
Step 5: Dry the eggs on an oven wrack. Remember, the dye will stain your clothes and your tablecloth, so make sure you put something underneath the wrack to catch the water and dye that drips. Once the eggs are dry, you can remove the rubber bands to see the design.
Step 6: Store the eggs in the refrigerator. Once the eggs are dry, save them in the egg carton they came in. The colors are vibrant and the eggs are 100% edible. You can hide them in the house and have kids look for them or eat them with a bit of salt. Enjoy!