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How to Dye Easter Eggs With Food Coloring

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If you are looking to make bright vibrant colorful eggs this Easter, then you are going to want to pull out your food coloring. We are giving you all the tips you need to dye Easter Eggs with food coloring! No need to go buy the store-bought kits, you probably already have everything on hand that you need to color Easter eggs with food coloring.

Using Food Coloring to Dye Eggs

We love Easter! It is one of our favorite times of the year! It always starts with the dying of Easter eggs! There are so many different ways to dye Easter Eggs, some of these ways include:

With all these ways to dye eggs, our favorite way still has to be our tried and true method of dying Easter eggs with Food coloring. It is easy to do, and the kids love it and it produces the most vibrant bright colors! We are sharing all the tips that you need to dye your Easter Eggs this year with food coloring. 

How to Dye Eggs for Easter With Food Coloring

Can you use regular food coloring to dye eggs?

Yes! You can use any food coloring that you have on hand to dye eggs. Liquid food coloring does work best, but I always love to use gel food coloring because that is usually what I have on hand and it still works great. 

How to Dye Eggs for Easter With Food Coloring

Do you have to use vinegar when dying eggs?

While you don’t have to use vinegar, without it your eggs will be pastel in color, not the vibrant colors that you are hoping for. 

How to Dye Eggs for Easter With Food Coloring

1. Fill a large saucepan with a couple of inches of cold water then add the eggs. Top up with cold water so that the eggs are covered by 3 inches of water.

2. Put the saucepan on the heat source then bring to a boil. When the water is boiling add the salt and a splash of white vinegar. Turn off the heat and put a lid on the pan. Set a timer for 12 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, boil a kettle. Fill your jars halfway with boiling water and add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

4. Next, add the food coloring. How much you add is up to you! For a deeper, more intense color add more and for a lighter pastel shade add less. You can experiment as you go and switch out the water/food coloring to get the desired shade.

5. When the 12 minute timer is up, add the hard-boiled eggs to the jars (you will probably need to do one at a time unless you have a very large jar) and leave them for 5 minutes to absorb the color. Keep an eye on them and remove them from the jars when they have reached a color that you are happy with.

6. Remove the eggs from the jars using tongs, or pour the water out into the sink and catch the egg in your hand!

7. Put the dyed eggs on some kitchen paper to dry.

8. Repeat the dyeing process for all the hard-boiled eggs.

How to Dye Eggs for Easter With Food Coloring

Tips Tricks and FAQs

1. If you want really vibrant eggs, you will want to add more food coloring to the jars. 
2. The food coloring mixture will stain so if the kids are helping you want to make sure that they wear old clothes. 
3. You can use either gel food coloring or liquid food coloring for the same results. 
4. If your hard-boiled eggs tend to crack, you will want to add a pinch of salt to the water when you add your splash of vinegar this will prevent cracking. 
5. The longer you leave your eggs in the mixture the darker and brighter they become. 
You can dye warm and cold eggs. 

If you want really vibrant eggs, you will want to add more food coloring to the jars.  The food coloring mixture will stain so if the kids are helping you want to make sure that they wear old clothes.  You can use either gel food coloring or liquid food coloring for the same results.  If your hard-boiled eggs tend to crack, you will want to add a pinch of salt to the water when you add your splash of vinegar this will prevent cracking.  The longer you leave your eggs in the mixture the darker and brighter they become.  You can dye warm and cold eggs. 

Storage

Once you dye your eggs with food coloring they will keep in the fridge for about 3 days. 

Are Eggs still edible after dying them with food coloring?

Yes! Dyed hard-boiled eggs are still editable after dying them. 

If you want really vibrant eggs, you will want to add more food coloring to the jars.  The food coloring mixture will stain so if the kids are helping you want to make sure that they wear old clothes.  You can use either gel food coloring or liquid food coloring for the same results.  If your hard-boiled eggs tend to crack, you will want to add a pinch of salt to the water when you add your splash of vinegar this will prevent cracking.  The longer you leave your eggs in the mixture the darker and brighter they become.  You can dye warm and cold eggs. 

Are there any other ways I can make my hard-boiled eggs?

Yes, there are two really fun methods to make hard-boiled eggs, that you can opt to use rather than boiling them on the stove. One method is making hard boiled eggs in your air fryer. Another fun method which is one of my favorite ways to make hard-boiled eggs, is making them in my instant pot. Follow my directions for using the simple 5+5+5 method to make them.

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What can I do with my hard-boiled eggs once they are dyed?

In our house, we will eat hard-boiled eggs as snacks. They are full of protein and so good for you! 

On Easter, we will use the remaining eggs to make deviled eggs to serve with dinner. 

How to Dye Eggs for Easter With Food Coloring

How to Dye Easter Eggs With Food Coloring

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

If you are looking to make bright vibrant colorful eggs this Easter, then you are going to want to pull out your food coloring. We are giving you all the tips you need to dye Easter Eggs with food coloring! No need to go buy the store-bought kits, you probably already have everything on hand that you need to color Easter eggs with food coloring.

Ingredients

  • • 12 white shell eggs
  • • Pinch salt
  • • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • • food coloring in various colors • water
  • You will also need glass jars or containers to dye the eggs in.

Instructions

    1. Fill a large saucepan with a couple of inches of cold water then add the eggs. Top up with cold water so that the eggs are covered by 3 inches of water.

    2. Put the saucepan on the heat source then bring to a boil. When the water is boiling add the salt and a splash of white vinegar. Turn off the heat and put a lid on the pan. Set a timer for 12 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, boil a kettle. Fill your jars halfway with boiling water and add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

4. Next, add the food coloring. How much you add is up to you! For a deeper, more intense color add more and for a lighter pastel shade add less. You can experiment as you go and switch out the water/food coloring to get the desired shade.

5. When the 12 minute timer is up, add the hard-boiled eggs to the jars (you will probably need to do one at a time unless you have a very large jar) and leave them for 5 minutes to absorb the color. Keep an eye on them and remove them from the jars when they have reached a color that you are happy with.

6. Remove the eggs from the jars using tongs, or pour the water out into the sink and catch the egg in your hand!

7. Put the dyed eggs on some kitchen paper to dry.

8. Repeat the dyeing process for all the hard-boiled eggs.

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