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How To Perfectly Dye Eggs

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Whether you plan to use an easy-to-use egg coloring kit or dye eggs naturally, master the art of hard-cooking and then prepare to get creative with these fun and easy decorating tips.

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How-to’s for Perfectly Dyed Eggs

Get Ready. Buy and refrigerate your eggs a week to 10 days in advance of cooking them to make the peeling process easier.

Get Cooking. Cook, don’t boil your eggs. Follow these three EASY steps to guarantee bright yellow yolks and tender whites every time: 

  1. Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat over high heat just to boiling.
  2. Remove from burner. Cover pan. Let eggs stand in hot water about 15 minutes for Large eggs (12 minutes for Medium eggs; 18 for Extra Large).
  3. Cool completely under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water. Peel and eat eggs or refrigerate them in their shells to enjoy up to a week later.

Wash up. Start with clean, cool, hard-cooked eggs. Make sure everyone washes their hands in hot, soapy water before and after handling eggs. This protects everyone from transferring any bacteria on the egg, and protects the eggshell from any oils on hands that may keep the dye from sticking. 

Color Me Happy. You can vary the color of egg dye based on the ingredient you add to your color tablets. For ultra vibrant colored eggs add vinegar. Looking for more traditional colored eggs? Use lemon juice. If you want to embrace the pastel colors of spring, just add water.  

Do-It-Yourself Decorating. Dress up eggs using materials you have in and around the house. To make your own dyes, use turmeric to make yellow, frozen blueberries to make blue, and coffee for shades of brown. Once you’ve colored your eggs, add finishing touches using items like ribbon (use non-toxic glue), stickers or glitter. 

Ready for your Close Up. “Eggspress” yourself by creating an egg with a face. Create a flesh color by dipping the egg in a dye that’s made of a little bit of red, yellow and green coloring. Then give it a personal touch by painting a smile or other features on the egg.

Virtual Easter Eggs. Design Easter eggs online with the Incredible Easter Egg Designer on Moms and kids can color virtual Easter eggs and send them with a personal greeting to family and friends.

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