How to Boil Eggs for Coloring

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Coloring Easter eggs is a fun activity that you can do with your children. Things may get a little messy, however, if the eggs to be colored are not boiled properly. You can prevent messes created from cracked eggs during the coloring process by making sure you boil all eggs to a solid firmness.

Things You'll Need

  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Quart-sized saucepan
  • Stove

Line the bottom of your saucepan with as many eggs as you can fit in without stacking them on top of each other. Submerge the eggs entirely in water. Continue filling the pan with water until there is an inch above eggs.

Place the lid on the saucepan. Set the stove to high and wait for the water to boil. When you see a steady stream of steam blowing out the side of the pan, turn the stove off.

Leave the pan on the stove top and set a timer for least seven minutes. Do not remove the lid from the saucepan during this time. Steaming the eggs under a closed lid will ensure the yoke solidifies and the egg whites have firmed up. Because you and your children will be coloring these eggs and possibly using them during your Easter egg hunt event, the eggs need to be firm enough so that they will not fall apart should they become cracked from frequent handling.

Place all eggs in a bowl. Store the bowl of eggs in your refrigerator to cool overnight. Remove eggs from the refrigerator the following moving to begin coloring!

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are planning on eating the eggs after coloring, do not leave eggs in the pot for more than ten minutes. Though the extra time will ensure yokes are solid, your boiled eggs will be too dry; this can become a choking hazard when consumed.
  • If you plan to use your colored eggs for an indoor or outdoor Easter egg hunt, do not also plan on eating them after all have been found. Once you peel them, any contamination collected on the shells may land on the egg surface.

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