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Tips for prepping Easter eggs

colorful dyed eggs

 Dying Easter eggs – perhaps second only to eating lots of Easter chocolate – is one of the most fun parts of the holiday. It’s something that the family can do together, or a fun art project for kids. Typically, you need to start with hard boiled eggs when dying. Raw eggs can be used, but they’re a bit more fragile than hard-boiled eggs and they definitely make a much bigger mess if you (or a sugar-charged child) drop them onto the floor. If I am going to make hard boiled eggs, I always use Elise’s technique to get them done perfectly every time.

But had boiled is not my top choice for egg decorating. I prefer to use hollowed out egg shells, blowing the yolk and white out of the raw egg. The shells are surprisingly solid and more resilient than hard cooked or raw eggs when it comes to cracking – plus, they keep indefinitely, so if you end up making some gorgeous eggs, you can keep them around until next year.

My method for blowing out the eggs was taught to me by my grandfather. Poke a small hole in the top of an egg with a thick needle, a larger hole in the bottom and blow into the smaller hole until the egg is empty. An easier method is to use a gadget like the Blas-fix Egg Blower, which blows the egg innards out for you. Either way, you get perfect, long-lasting eggs to dye as you wish.

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10 Comments
  • M.L.
    March 21, 2008

    What do you end up doing with the contents? I’d love to try this with a good-sized batch of eggs but am the only egg-eater here. Can you freeze the white+yolk for later use, or do they have to go into the fridge and be finished up relatively quickly? Thanks for the fantastic site, by the way.

  • Krisrtal K. Rosebrook
    March 22, 2008

    Thank you for the great Easter egg tips. They are fabulous!

    Kristal

  • Krisrtal K. Rosebrook
    March 22, 2008

    Thank you for the great Easter egg tips. They are fabulous!

    Kristal

  • Bubba
    April 7, 2009

    How do you dye a hollow egg? Doesn’t it float? Thanks!

  • Desiree
    April 11, 2009

    Wear rubber gloves and hold the shell under? I am going to be baking today so I will try this method and use the eggs in my baking so they don’t go to waste.

  • Esther
    August 24, 2010

    Nice! Before, I would only poke a hole on one side of the egg and shake the egg white and yolk out. That would take forever. It never even occurred to me that I could blow it out.

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