Easter Egg Coloring 2013

HAPPY EASTER!

 

Another year, another 60+ eggs!

This year, we banished  the boys and luckily they had other things to do – they just aren’t as colorful or creative as us ladies!
I all starts with a trip to costco – yup – the big pack – i got a 60 pack and an extra 18 in case we had some casualties

The Eggs

Then to boiling the eggs. I use the Better Home – New Cookbook (i assure you is nothing close to being new!)

Eggs into pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, simmer for 15 minutes. Ice bath for 10 minutes. Always works great for me.

And the fancy spider wand mom gave me a couple years ago are great for getting them out of the water – i used to attempt tipping the pan over the sink…  that used “kill” a few!

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Then some one told me about “oven boiling”. Intrigued, i looked it up. Sounded more productive than my 14-16 at a time…

Heat the oven to 325, (in my house you definitely need to let the oven cycle at least 2 times once it gets to temp or you get nasty soft boiled like i did with my first 24…) But if you let it truly get to temp, then put in your eggs for at least 35, but 40 min is better…  Take them out, ice bath…  whala – eggs.

Definitely harder to get those hot little suckers out of the mini muffin pans…  I did squish one a little too hard… so another casualty! But now that i have the process down, definitely faster and less stressful since i do have a habit of forgetting that i am waiting for the water to boil and it needs to be turned down!

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The comes the fun part! Egg coloring!

A couple years ago i learned how to marble the eggs! (1 tsp vinegar, 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon veg/canola oil! The oil makes the color fun and marbled! We did learn this year that the wider bowls work a bit better as the water cools (hey it takes a long time to color 60 eggs!) We also had neon colors, regular colors and a tie die kit that my friend brought! We have a great time and made some great eggs! It kills me to break them open to make deviled eggs or egg salad – but i get over it!  :)

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Cheers and Happy Easter! Let’s eat!