It’s that time once again to dye eggs for Easter and here are a few tips to help keep them from cracking and make them easy to dye. Did you know that Americans dye and decorate more than 180 million eggs during the Easter season each year. First, you must gather your supplies to dye Easter Eggs. You will need fresh eggs, Distilled white vinegar, food coloring or Paas color tabs, saucepan, water, spoons, and small dishes or cups. Distilled white vinegar is easily found in most grocery, big box, and drug stores around the country and is very affordable at around $1.34 for a 16-ounce bottle.
How to Dye Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter
You can also prepare hard-cooked eggs in the oven instead of boiling them.
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Place uncooked eggs into muffin tins.
3. Cook for 30 minutes.
4. While the eggs are cooking, fill a large bowl with cold water.
5. When the eggs are done, remove them using a pot holder and transfer the eggs, one at a time, to the cold water in the bowl. Be careful because the eggs will be very hot.
6. Wait 10 minutes and remove the eggs from the water.
Eggs cooked in the oven will have brown spots on the egg shells where the eggs were in contact with the hot metal from the muffin tin. The discoloration may fade in the water but it may also leave marks on white eggs.
Tips for Preventing Cracked Hard-Boiled Eggs
To help make your Easter egg colors vivid and bright, add one Paas color tablet or 3 drops of food coloring and three tablespoons of Distilled White vinegar to a mixing cup. Once the tablet has dissolved (no waiting for food coloring), add 1/2 cup of water and gently stir.
To help keep hard-boiled eggs from cracking, add two tablespoons of Heinz Distilled white vinegar per quart of water before placing the eggs in the pot to cook. By adding vinegar the shells will also peel off faster and easier when you are ready to eat them after egg hunting is over.
Do not over cook the eggs.
Quickly cool the eggs after cooking by running them under cold water.
Wait until the boiled eggs have cooled and refrigerate eggs in their shells until they are ready to use.
Tip Source: Heinz Vinegar.
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