Now, my directions for hard boiling the eggs in this recipe are slightly different from the directions in my recipe for perfectly-cooked hard-boiled eggs. That's because we're less concerned about a perfectly cooked yolk here, and more interested in a shell that won't crack easily. I'm also including vinegar in the water in this recipe, which will help the dye adhere better to the eggs.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 6-12 large white eggs
- 2 Tbsp. vinegar, divided
- food coloring
- 3 cups ice
- Place the eggs in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover the eggs by one inch.
- Add one tablespoon of the vinegar to the saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, uncovered, over medium-high heat.
- As soon as the water boils, cover the eggs, and remove the saucepan from the heat. Let the eggs sit in the covered pot for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the dyes. Lay newspapers out over your work surface. Find 3 cups large enough to hold one egg and enough water to cover that egg in each.
- Place a teaspoon of vinegar and about 1-1/2 cups of hot tap water in each cup.
- Add a few drops of food coloring (a different color in each) to each cup. Stir.
- Place the ice in a large bowl with enough water to come to the top.
- Drain the eggs, and pour cold water over the eggs to cool off. Then immerse them in the ice water bath.
- Place an egg in the desired dye and let it sit for several minutes.
- Gently lift the egg out with a spoon. Wipe it off with a paper towel, and place in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.