We’re in the middle of our Easter celebration. Our little family celebrated last weekend, but both my mom and my husband’s dad were out of town, so the celebration has continued all week long. My mom tagged me in a quick video of how to dye Easter eggs without all the mess. And with a 4 year old at home I wasn’t about to deal with those damn color cups spilled everywhere. I don’t mean to sound like the Scrooge of Easter here, but I’m sorry, I’m just not doing it.
But this genius little hack worked great and she loved it and the mess was minimal. All I you need was a package of neon food dye, rice, 4 ziplock baggies, and your hard boiled eggs. Put some rice in each baggie. It doesn’t have to be a whole lot, I filled mine about 1/4 of the way full. Put a different color of food dye in each bag, 10 drops for the darker colors (blue and purple) and about 15 to 20 for the lighter colors (green and pink).
Put a hard boiled egg in a baggy and shake it up until the food dye transfers to the egg! When you’ve reached the desired color, unzip the bag and put it on a rack to dry. If you want to do more than one color I suggest letting the first color dry for a few minutes before putting it in the second baggie.
She had so much fun and the eggs turned out beautiful and I didn’t have a mess to clean up (score!). My one mistake is soaking the eggs in vinegar. I dropped the ball on that so now they’re kind of a pain to peel, but hey. Ya win some you lose some.
They were PERFECTLY cooked though. You know how sometimes they get that green ring around the yolk? I solved that problem too. Put the eggs in a pot and add your water. Bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling remove from the heat and let the eggs sit in the warm water for 12 minutes. Drain. Soak in vinegar. Don’t forget that part. Or otherwise you’ll be cussin’ yourself later trying to peel the damn things. Then refrigerate. Boom! Done. Perfect hard boiled eggs.
Hopefully I saved some of y’all’s sanity. I’m telling you, this is the way to go. I’m saving the colored rice to make sensory toys with, I just have to wait for it to dry. We’re a “waste not want not” kind of family. I have a couple pretty good ideas, and I can’t wait to share them with you! I’m kid testing them this weekend to see how they go over.
I hope y’all had a great Easter! If you have a new and improved way to color eggs, drop me a line! I’d love to hear it!