How to Dye Easter Eggs

Ethan and Ella, my precious little neighbors, want to show you how to dye Easter eggs successfully. You will need boiling water, white vinegar and food coloring. The amount of coloring will depend on how dark you want the eggs to be.

The first thing you are going to need are hard boiled eggs. The way I do it is I place the eggs in a pot, cover them with cold water and a splash of vinegar. I then bring the pot to a boil and turn off the heat. I set a timer to 10 minutes and as soon as it goes off I remove the eggs from the hot water and run cold water over them. This will render you a perfect hard boiled egg with a nice yellow yolk. When the yolk is greenish/gray it is over cooked.

Once you have cold hard boiled eggs you can proceed to dye them. The amount of food coloring you use and the amount of time you keep the eggs in the water is going to depend on how dark you want the eggs to get. We started with 20 drops and rapidly added 10 more as the kids in this video wanted their eggs to be darker.

This is how you dye Easter eggs successfully:

Hardboiled eggs
½ a cup of boiling water per color
1 tsp. of white vinegar per bowl
20 to 30 drops food coloring – depending on how dark you want them

Mix the boiling water with the vinegar and food coloring.
Place eggs into the bowl, one at a time, and swirl around with a spoon. Leave them in the water for 5 to 8 minutes. The longer you leave them the darker they will be.
Carefully remove the eggs form the bowls and shake off excess water. Place them in a container where they can dry. We used an egg carton and placed the eggs on their sides.
Once the eggs are dry you can leave them as is or you can decorate them with markers or stickers. Happy Easter!

Print How to Dye Easter Eggs Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!

1 Comment

  • April 14, 2014

    Rosa @HHR

    Aww,your neighbors are so cute! I didn’t realize you can do this on brown eggs. Great tips!