Cracked Dyed Hardboiled Eggs

April 2, 2012

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Easter time, means tons of eggs in our household chicken eggs, Easter eggs, and more eggs.  Especially since my chickens are laying so well this spring, in fact I picked no less than 18 eggs today alone. So when I saw this cute idea on facebook the other day I knew I had to try it immediately.  Now I am not new to dying eggs, or hard boiling them, but to do them in this manner is completely new to me.

And a fun thing to do with the kids and good use of all our eggs, double win to me.

So first we started off with some lovely eggs from our hens and various shades of edible food dyes.

In a large pot of water add the eggs, until just covered and a healthy amount of salt.  I am boiling about 15 eggs here.

Set the eggs to a rolling boil, boil 1 minute.

Then turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile set out tall glasses to use for dying.

and put a good amount of food coloring in each one.

Along with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar it helps develop the color.

Add water until halfway full and stir well.  You don’t want to add too much water, because when you add the eggs it will overflow.

When the eggs are done, dump out the hot water and add cold water and tons of ice.  Let sit about 5 minutes.

Then remove the eggs and get to cracking,  try to get even crack on all sides.

The boys loved helping with this.

*sorry for the undies pic, my boys live in their undies, I just can’t keep clothes on those two.

Hard to see all the cracks, but they are there.

Then slowly add the eggs to the colored water.  I had 2-3 in each glass.  Put in the fridge for at least a few hours to overnight.  The longer they sit the darker the color.

then slowly remove the shell very carefully to see the pretty crack lines.

Cut in half, make deviled eggs, or sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and enjoy.

They turned out so pretty, almost too pretty to eat.

The orange, blue, purple and red turned out the best.  The yellow and green were very light.

The boys couldn’t wait to eat them!  We had so much fun making these.

Why stop there, we went ahead and made them into deviled eggs.

I just love the bright vibrant colors, it makes them so much fun to eat!

The boys just love them.  Orange seems to be their favorite color.


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Cracked Dyed Hard boiled Eggs

food coloring (blue, purple, red, orange work best)
white vinegar

Bring eggs to a rolling boil, boil 1 minutes then turn off heat and sit for 15 minutes, then quickly immerse eggs in ice water and let sit 5 minutes. In each tall glass add food coloring, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and fill with water half way full, stir well. Take eggs out of ice bath, and crack all over, leaving the shell in tact. Add 2-3 eggs to each glass full of food coloring and let sit 4-8 hours or overnight. The longer the darker the color. Remove shells tp reveal the pretty colored cracks.



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