Dyeing Easter eggs is a tradition in a lot of households, just like it is in ours. My nephew is still too young to really enjoy the fun but he loved watching the eggs change colors. We received some food coloring vials from McCormick and decided to test out the egg dyeing tips that they provided as well.
Here are the tips that McCormick provided us. The adults had fun doing this and we will be doing some more with the kids on Easter Sunday.
Makes 12 colored eggs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1 dozen large eggs
McCormick® Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye or McCormick®
Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye
1. Gently place eggs in single layer in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover eggs by
1 inch. Cover. Bring just to boil on high heat. Remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes. (Adjust
time up or down by 3 minutes for each size larger or smaller.)
2. Pour off hot water and rapidly cool eggs by running them under cold water (or place in ice
water) until completely cooled.
3. Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to
achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. Allow eggs to
Now to get creative with your eggs, here are some tips to make your eggs stand out among the others:
Two-toned eggs: Dip top half of hard-cooked egg in 1 color and the bottom half in another. Or,dip each half of the egg in the dye for different lengths of time, creating different shades of the
Painted eggs: Mix 20 drops food color and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar in small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab. Go wild with stripes, polka dots and
Designed eggs: Before dyeing, place rubber bands, stickers such as chicks, rabbits, flowers or
other springtime favorites, or paper reinforcements on the eggs to create the design of choice.
Once dry, remove the rubber bands, etc., to view the design.
Personalized eggs: Write initials, names or draw pictures on the egg with a white or light-colored
crayon before dyeing.
Marbleized eggs: Mix 1/4 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon oil and 4 to 8
drops food color in shallow bowl. Gently roll egg in the mixture for 30 seconds, or until the egg is
the desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second color mixture, and repeat the process. Allow the
egg to dry completely. Wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.
Tie-dyed eggs: Place several eggs in a colander in the kitchen sink. Splash eggs with vinegar.
Drop yellow food color onto eggs. Gently shake the colander for a few seconds to help the color
spread. Let stand 30 seconds. Repeat with 1 or 2 additional food colors. After the final stand
time, lightly rinse eggs with water. Drain completely. Allow eggs to dry.
The rubber band eggs were our favorite. Creating the different designs with the eggs was a lot of fun. Will you be decorating eggs this year? Have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us!