Easter Eggs: Boiling, Naturally Dyeing and Using What’s Left

Easter Egg Tips Roundup from HousewifeHowTos.com There are still three weeks to go, but now’s the time to start thinking about Easter eggs: boiling, naturally dyeing and using what’s left so your Easter Egg Hunt doesn’t ruin your household budget.

Why such an early start? Well, for one thing, you don’t want to get caught paying premium prices for eggs in the week before Easter, when stores have a difficult time keeping them in stock. Then there’s this simple fact: older eggs are easier to peel once they’ve been boiled. Plus, if you’re going to naturally dye your eggs you’ll want to stock up on the various ingredients you’ll be using.

How To Boil Eggs

It’s not difficult to make a perfect boiled egg, provided you keep an eye on the timer. Just add eggs to a large sauce pan and cover them with 1 inch of cold water. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the water to help prevent cracks in the shells. Turn the heat to HIGH and bring the water to a boil. As soon as the water starts boiling, stir the eggs gently to center the yolk, then place a lid on the pot and remove it from the burner. Meanwhile, fill a sink with ice water. When the eggs have sat in the hot water for exactly 12 minutes, remove them from the water with a ladle or noodle spoon and gently place them in the ice water. Once fully cooled, transfer the eggs to the refrigerator.

Or, use the oven to make hard-cooked eggs for a crowd, like I do. Using this method you can cook three or four dozen at a time!


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Natural Dyes For Easter Eggs

Although the FDA permits only seven artificial colors in the U.S. food supply — and this includes those food coloring vials and tablets used for Easter Egg dyes — they have been banned in the E.U. after a study found a positive correlation between these artificial colors and hyperactivity in children. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, artificial colors cause cancer. Not exactly the Easter goody we want to give our kids, is it?

Given those risks, it makes sense to use items we already know are safe to dye Easter eggs. Grapes, tea, cabbage, spinach, berries: all are wholesome foods, and all can be used as natural dyes for Easter eggs.

How To Use Eggs After Easter

Once your Easter Egg Hunt has come and gone, don’t just toss those eggs away! First, learn how to peel hard-boiled eggs easily. Don’t toss those egg shells, either: as with many reusable kitchen scraps, there are several ways to use egg shells around the house. After you have the eggs peeled, give them a good rinse and allow them to dry.

So what can you do with a hard-boiled egg? Use one to give your kids a fun, fascinating science lesson! Here are some of our family’s favorite recipes using hard-boiled eggs.

  • http://www.letspourtea.com Marie

    Oooh, really makes me want to keep even more of a look out for those artificial colors in the ingredients list on anything I buy! I like to color things with beets, sometimes strawberries too. I haven’t thought about doing that for Easter eggs though. Definitely will try the other ones you listed this year too.

    • Katie B.

      Strawberries give such a nice color, don’t they? Thanks for visiting, Marie!

  • http://happyandharried.wordpress.com Anjana D

    I will definitely try natural egg dyes this year!

    • Katie B.

      Thank you, Anjana. I’m not sure what the Liebster’s “200 followers” thing is about, but it’s always nice to be thought of.

  • http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f1771-october-2012-playroom/2549317-pictures-for-our-nursery.html Shannon

    Adore your post! This will probably my favorites list for certain.
    Don’t you everstop posting!

    • Katie B.

      Thanks.

  • http://momstheword--livingforhim.blogspot.com momstheword

    I love the idea of dyeing the eggs naturally! Thank you for linking up to “Making Your Home Sing Monday?” I’d love it if you’d add my link to your linky party page! :)

    • Katie B.

      Thank you, Nan, I’m adding it! :)

  • emily

    Hi! Thanks for linking up to tasteful tuesdays at nap-timecreations! Love this idea! Would love to see a link back so I can feature you!

    • Katie B.

      I have a Link Party page, Emily, and the bottom of my shared entries has a link leading to that page. Since I have so many mobile-based readers, they complain when the bottom of entries are full of link party links, so that’s the solution that seems to keep everyone happiest.

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