We love dyeing Easter eggs each year! This is such fun and oh-so-easy, even for the youngest members of your family! It doesn’t cost much but the results can be amazing. I just love having a bowl of colourful Easter eggs on our table over the Easter weekend.
To start, I bought a variety of food colours at the Mondeor Bake Shop. They stock several different brands of food colouring, and each brand had so many different colours available that it was difficult to choose! The liquid food colouring bottles were R8.00 or R9.00 each and the gel food colouring bottles were R23.50 each.
In any case, these are some of the colours that I’d chosen this year: yellow, teal, fuschia, lavender. I thought they’d turn out to be quite vibrant, and I must say I wasn’t disappointed! The colours are stunning, as you can see in the photos.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started with this oh-so-fun Easter egg project:
500 ml. of water
500 ml. white vinegar
Food colouring of your choice
A few glass containers, or glasses
To prevent egg shells from cracking as they boil, it’s best to use eggs that are at room temperature (I usually take the eggs out of the fridge the night before).
Place the eggs and add the water and vinegar (I use the cheapest, no name brand white spirit vinegar and it works just fine) in a fairly large pot and bring to the boil. Depending on the size of the pot you choose, you may need to add more water and vinegar at first. Always make sure the eggs are completely covered as you add them to the pot and adjust the amount of water and vinegar accordingly. The ratio of water-vinegar remains the same = equal amounts.
Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for 18 minutes. Take the pot off the stove, drain the water and immediately place the pot with the eggs under running water. Hold each egg under running water (they will be hot, so be careful!) and use the sponge or a small kitchen cloth to gently rub off the egg yellow.
The egg yellow will come off the shells easily. Boiling the eggs in vinegar does make the egg shells a bit more brittle than what they normally are, so be as gentle as possible when handling these eggs. Allow the eggs to cool and to dry.
Now you’re ready to dye the eggs.
In each individual container, or individual glasses, add just enough cold water to cover one or two eggs at a time. Add one or two or three blobs of dye in each container and give it a good stir. Make sure the dye has completely dissolved and check that you are happy with the intensity of the colour in each container. If you feel that you would like a stronger hue, add a bit more food colouring.
Then gently lower the eggs, one or two at a time, in different containers and allow them to soak for a minute or two. Check that you are happy with the intensity of the final colour. You can always let the eggs soak for a bit longer if you wish.
Use a tablespoon to gently scoop the eggs, one at a time, and lay them out to dry on egg cartons, and voila, your colourful Easter eggs are done! These Easter eggs are perfectly edible, so you can enjoy them on Easter Sunday or make them part of your Easter egg hunt!
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