How to cook hard-boiled eggs to dye for Easter

Every year on the Saturday before Easter, my family gathers around our kitchen table and dyes eggs together. We fill my parents’ Corelle Shadow Iris mug set with hot water, a splash of white vinegar, and a few drops of each shade of food coloring in our McCormick food coloring box. We grab spoons and toothpicks, rubber bands and Q-Tips, and start discussing decorating ideas: pink ombré, a warm sunrise, stripes and polka dots, or a cross made from the aforementioned rubber bands.

But before dying said Easter eggs, my dad spends part of the morning carefully cooking eggs for our favorite holiday craft. Turns out, there’s really no difference between cooking the perfect hard-boiled eggs for a quick breakfast or eggs for Easter. On the contrary, it’s slightly easier to boil eggs to color them, because you don’t have to worry about “easy-peel methods” – like adding baking soda to boiling water or letting the eggs cool. in an ice bath for five minutes. post-cooking, pre-peel. Here’s how.

How to make a hard boiled egg

To cook hard-boiled eggs for Easter, fill a medium saucepan with water and carefully place the eggs in a single layer in the pan, giving them some breathing room. If you put them together, they are more likely to crack. Bring the water to a boil and as soon as a fury of bubbles bursts to the surface, cover the pan and turn off the heat. Let the eggs stand for 12 minutes; then, carefully remove them from the pan and transfer them to an egg cradle or bowl of cold water (we remove them using silicone-tipped tongs for this part, as they will be softer and less likely to crack the eggs).

If you’re not going to color the eggs right away, it’s important to keep them cold to prevent the growth of salmonella or other foodborne pathogens. “Refrigerate hard-boiled eggs before dyeing them and store them in the refrigerator when not in use. Don’t leave eggs out of the refrigerator for more than two hours,” advises the University of Minnesota Extension.

Easter Egg FAQ

Can you eat colored eggs?

Yes, but be careful. There’s nothing wrong with eating colored Easter eggs, as long as they’ve been refrigerated. Speaking from personal experience, you should know that once you crack the colored eggshell, you will find that some of the dye has seeped into the egg white, turning it slightly gray. Sounds unappealing, I know, but it’s perfectly safe to eat.

However, most people who dye Easter eggs tend to put them out all day or over the weekend for decoration. If you plan to, don’t eat them (I repeat, don’t!). once the eggs are out of the fridge for about two hours, they start to grow bacteria like salmonella.

How long do colored Easter eggs last?

Hard-boiled eggs, colored or not, will keep for about a week in the refrigerator. The same goes for pastel-tinted eyes dyed for Easter.

Can I boil Easter eggs?

Sure why not? If you prefer softer whites and a runny, jammy egg yolk, you can absolutely cook soft-boiled eggs for Easter. Just be aware that undercooked eggs (like undercooked meat) are more at risk of growing bacteria, so keeping them cold is very important.