Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Egg Dyeing 101 from Martha Stewart

This year my oldest daughter will be 3.5 years old on Easter. I've gotten away the last 2 years with doing the bare minimum since she really didn't know what was going on, but now she does.

 I need to step up my game!

I've already splurged on great Easter Baskets from Pottery Barn Kids and I started collecting stuff to put in it besides candy.  I ordered the pink liner on the right in the image below for both of my girls.  At first I was going to get different liners, but then I had a vision of future arguments, so I got the same ones. 

Easter Baskets & Liners from Pottery Barn Kids

I haven't dyed eggs with my daughter yet, so it's definitely on the list of things to do this year.  I was at Party City last week and they had tons of egg coloring kits.  While I was looking at them, I realized that I haven't done this since I was a kid and really don't remember how to dye Easter eggs.

Here's some tips from Martha Stewart:

Step 1: Blow Out the Eggs
I think I'm going to skip this part and just hard boil my eggs, but here's Martha's way.  To empty a raw egg, begin by using the tip of a sharp utility knife to pierce both ends of the egg; turn the knife in one of the holes to widen it slightly. Then, poke a straightened paper clip through the larger hole to pierce and "stir" the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and then blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe.

Step 2: Dye the Eggs Protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely.

To create different tints of a color, vary dipping times: Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors, and leave the egg in for 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy.

To make a two-color egg, dye the whole egg first in a light color, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge half into a darker color (this idea works best for hard-boiled eggs).

Step 3: Let the Eggs Dry A drying rack made with pins and foam board keeps things neat.



Anonymous said...

Great post! If you love tips from Martha Stewart, you should check out her new egg dyeing app for the iPhone and iPod touch: http://itunes.apple.com/lv/app/egg-dyeing-101-from-martha/id426486391?mt=8&ls=1

Hope you enjoy some Easter fun with your daughter. Thanks for sharing :-)