Hard-boiled eggs for Easter decorating right way step by step

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Hard-boiled eggs for Easter decorating right way step by step

Easter is upon us. If it was any closer than right now, the Easter Bunny would be rummaging through our produce draw for carrots. Don’t forget to leave a carrot out tonight for him. Wait a minute, that’s Christmas and the reindeer… Nevermind.

Forgot about Easter eggs but have the kit? Cool. Want to hard boil the eggs correctly? Don’t sweat it.

See below:
  • 1. Fill a medium saucepan with water.
  • 2. Choose 6 eggs (more if you’re feeling ambitious) and place gently in saucepan. Make sure there is some room between the eggs and water covers all eggs.
  • 3. Place on low to medium heat and bring water to gentle, rolling boil. Let eggs boil for approximately 5 to 7 minutes. The key is that you don’t want the eggs to bounce off the sides of the pan and crack.
  • 4. Turn off heat and add cool water to pot so you can remove the eggs. Be careful. If water is still hot, take eggs gently out of pot with tongs.
  • 5. Place eggs in a separate bowl of cool water – a couple of ice cubes can quicken process - until they’re cold.
  • 6. Dry thoroughly and you're ready to rock.

The Brevard Times wisely reminds readers not to place their cooked eggs back into the egg carton where salmonella may be present. Wash the egg carton with soap and water if you wish to use while decorating. See their article for more tips to avoid salmonella.

The Times also reports that according to CDC standards, boiled eggs should be dyed immediately. The heat helps to absorb dye and helps the drying process. Boiled eggs should be refrigerated within 30 minutes, which makes this an easy and quick project for kids.

And a personal tip: Get creative with your dyes. For instance, take a drop of food coloring directly to the surface of a dyed egg and resubmerge into the dye. The effect will be a cool tie-dye pattern.

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Eggs are one of nature's finest and most edible form of protein which helps to control appetite. With only about 70 calories per egg, they can easily satisfy those seeking a low-calorie diet. Eggs are low in fat and high in essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients which support healthy eyesight and strong muscles. Versatile, simple preparations abound for this nutrition powerhouse with hard boiled eggs being one of the fastest and easiest.

It's really very simple to make the perfect hard boiled eggs. Just don't overthink it and follow these simple instructions. Where most people go wrong is they overcook their eggs which causes the yolks to turn green and the eggs to lose their flavor.

First, start with eggs with no visible cracks in their shells. Don't use farm-fresh eggs either as they will be very difficult to peel. If your eggs are fresh, let them sit in the refrigerator for at least a week before you cook them. A pinch of salt added to the water can make them easier to peel. Refrigerated boiled eggs, kept in the shell, can be kept for up to 1 week.

how to boil an egg Step By Step
Boiling Water Method

Place eggs in bowl of warm water to prevent shells from cracking when immersed in boiling water. Alternatively, start with room temperature eggs. Fill saucepan with enough water to come at least 1 inch above eggs. Heat water to boiling. Transfer eggs from warm water to boiling water in a single layer with slotted spoon. Reduce heat to just below a simmer. Never boil them as that makes them rubbery. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Drain hot water from pan and immediately cover eggs in cold water to prevent further cooking. Tap eggs to crackle shells. Roll eggs between hands to loosen shells then gently peel the eggs. Hold eggs under running cold water to help ease the shells off.

Cold Water Method

Place eggs in saucepan in a single layer. Add enough cold water to come at least 1 inch above eggs. Heat water rapidly to boiling. Shut off the burner and leave the pan on the stove. Cover the pan and let stand 22 to 24 minutes. Remove eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon and immediately cool eggs in cold water to prevent further cooking. Tap eggs to crackle shell. Roll eggs between hands to loosen shell, then gently peel the eggs. Hold eggs under running cold water to help ease off shells.


My favorite way to eat hard boiled eggs is to mash them with a fork as soon as they are cooled enough to handle. Put a dab of butter on them with a little salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a slice of whole wheat toast and a small glass of orange juice for a satisfying and balanced breakfast. Alternatively, you can just eat them whole with a little salt and pepper on them once they have been chilled. Enjoy.

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how to hard boil eggs

You can make your natural egg dyes from a variety of foods, flowers and plants. The dye is transferred to the egg either while boiling the eggs or, as with normal dyes, after the eggs have been hard-boiled. When boiling the dye with eggs, be aware that you will be limited to the number of colors you can do at once by the number of burners your stove has (or the number of pots you have!)
All you do to dye the eggs while boiling, is place enough water in the pan to cover the egg (or eggs.) Simply add the coloring ingredients to the water and turn on the heat to boil. You can include a teaspoon of vinegar for deeper colors.

If your children are young, and you would rather dye the eggs after they have been boiled, you can do that as well. This method may take a bit longer, but it is safer for smaller egg artists. Simply boil the eggs, and then once they have cooled, add them to a cup with enough water to cover the eggs (you can use a bowl if you want to do more than one at a time.) Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the container and add the dyeing ingredients. Allow the eggs to sit in the dye in the refrigerator until they are the desired color.

Here are some suggested ingredients you can use to create the colors you want for your naturally dyed eggs. Once you have mastered the process, feel free to experiment with other ingredients for different colors!

  • Red - A large amount of red onion skins boiled with the eggs. Using the cold method, add canned cherries in their juice, pomegranate juice, or raspberries.
  • Blue - Purple grape juice or canned blueberries added to the water and placed in the refrigerator, red cabbage leaves placed in the water while boiling
  • Green - Spinach leaves boiled with the eggs
  • Yellow - Any of these can be boiled with the eggs: orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed, ground cumin, or ground turmeric. To get the same color with the cold method, add green or chamomile tea to the water.
  • Orange - Boiled yellow onion skins; cooked carrots, chili powder, and paprika will result in the desired color in the cold method.
  • Lavender - Violet blossoms plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice, Red Zinger tea, or a small amount of purple grape juice
  • Violet blue - Small amount of red onion skins placed in the water while boiling, violet blossoms, hibiscus tea, or red wine
  • Brown - Black walnut shells boiled with the eggs, or you can add strong coffee, instant coffee, or black tea to water in the refrigerator.
  • Pink - Use any of the following, added to water and placed in the refrigerator overnight: beets, cranberries or cranberry juice, raspberries, red grape juice, or the juice from pickled beets.
Once the eggs are the desired color, remove them from the water, place them in an egg carton, and let them dry. If you want your naturally dyed eggs to look shiny, you can rub a little vegetable oil into the egg shells. Making your own natural egg dyes can become a great Easter tradition for your family. You will be so amazed at how beautiful naturally dyed eggs look - you may never return to commercial egg dye again!

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how to dye easter eggsWondering how to hard boil your eggs for Easter? You’re not alone.

Terms like “How to Hard Boil Eggs” and “Hard Boil Eggs Time” are some of the most highly-searched topics this time of year.

Luckily, we have this incredibly easy, step-by-step guide to help make sure you prepare the perfect hard boiled egg every time.

Step-by-Step Guide for How to Hard Boil Eggs:

  • 1. Place the eggs into the pot carefully so they don’t crack

  • 2. Pour cold water into the pot, making sure every egg is covered by at least 1 inch of water

  • 3. Place the pot on the stove and heat on medium

  • 4. Once the water comes to a boil, turn off the element and cover the pot with a lid

    5. Leave the pot on the element (with the lid on it) for an additional 15-17 minutes

    6. Once the time is up, transfer the eggs from the pot into the bowl using your spoon

    7. Pour cold water into the bowl and let the eggs sit for an additional 10 minutes

    8. The eggs are done! Either serve them as-is or place them in a bowl in the fridge for later

    It’s really as easy as that!

    How to Tell if an Egg is Hard Boiled

    Still not confident that your eggs are hard boiled? Place the egg on its side on a countertop. Spin it softly. If the egg spins nicely, it’s hard boiled. If it flops all over, it probably needed more time

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