Whenever the holidays come around, it brings back memories of my family's holiday traditions, one of them being coloring Easter eggs. I remember coloring them with my mother and then with my children at my mother's house. This year, the baton has been passed on to me. The grandchildren are coming over and we are going to color Easter eggs! They don't know this now, but someday they will understand their part in the chain of memories as they pass through the generations.
Grandpa and I are excited that they are coming. We are going to pick up all the supplies we need on the way home from work. We need eggs, oil, vinegar, food coloring and 16 oz. plastic Solo cups. Oh, we need one more thing, pizza!
Believe it or not, there are recipes for cooking eggs in the shell! A popular misconception about hard-boiled eggs is how long you actually "boil" the eggs. When making hard-boiled eggs it is best to take them off the heat as soon as the water comes to a full boil. The egg actually cooks while standing in the hot water. The texture of the yolk is determined by the length of time the egg remains in the hot water. The time ranges from 2 minutes for soft-boiled eggs, to 15 minutes for hard.
Follow this easy recipe for cooking hard-boiled eggs for coloring.
1. Place eggs in sauce pan in a single layer.
2. Cover eggs with cold water. Water level should be at least one inch above the eggs.
3. Cover pan with lid and bring to boil. Cook on medium heat setting.
4. Remove from heat as soon as the water comes to a full boil.
5. Let eggs stand in hot water for 15 minutes.
6. Drain off water.
7. Immediately cover eggs with cold water.
8. Let stand and allow eggs to cool completely.
9. The eggs must be completely cool and dry, to decorate successfully.
Note: Always be certain to use food-safe dyes when coloring eggs that will be eaten. While safe to eat, egg salad takes on a whole new look when the egg whites are "egg blues"!
Make your own dye by combining 1 tablespoon of food coloring with 2 teaspoons vinegar in a cup that is deep enough to hold an egg. We are using 16 oz plastic Solo cups and are going to add 3/4 cup of water.
When you put the egg in, the liquid will cover the egg. Gently place the egg into the cup. Use a soup spoon to place the egg in dye, to avoid cracking. The longer you leave the egg in the dye, the darker the color shade. When you remove the egg, pat dry with a paper towel and place in a holder. You can make egg-drying stands, by cutting a paper towel tube into sections.
We are going use crayons to decorate our eggs. The grandchildren are going to color on the Easter eggs before placing it in the dye. The wax will resist the dye and their picture will show through.
Another idea we are going to try is creating "swirl" eggs. For these eggs we are going to mix 1 tablespoon of oil, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of food coloring for the dye. Next, we will add water as we did with the other dye, stir quickly with a spoon and gently put in the egg. We will then swirl the egg around quickly with the soup spoon, pull the egg out and place on a holder.
Grandpa is going to take lots of pictures! This will be one of those times the grandchildren will always remember. Capturing these moments will create family memories that will last for long time to come!