Color Me Easter!

Have Fun with the Family Decorating Easter Eggs

Making spring a little more colorful can be easy and fun with beautifully dyed Easter eggs.  Coloring eggs with friends and family around the kitchen table is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the season and bring back childhood memories.  With the help of McCormick® Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye, the sky is the limit in creating cool eggs, from simple pastel colors to marbleized and painted designs.

Colored Easter Eggs
Colored Easter Eggs
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First you need a carton of hard-cooked eggs.  To prepare perfect hard-cooked eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan.  Add enough tap water to cover by at least one inch above the eggs.  Cover pan and quickly bring just to a boil.  Remove from the burner and let stand covered in the hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (adjust time up or down by about three minutes for each size larger or smaller).  After 15 minutes, take the lid off and pour the hot water off the eggs, then run cold water over the eggs or place them in ice water until completely cooled.  If you won’t be coloring your eggs right after cooking them, store them in the refrigerator in their cartons.

Now for the fun part of making exciting colors, combine one-half cup of boiling water, one teaspoon of vinegar, and the number of drops of food color specified below.  Dip hard-cooked eggs for about five minutes.  For variety, try dipping the top half in one color and the bottom half in another color.  Use a slotted spoon or tongs to add and/or remove eggs from the dye.

Lime – 24 drops yellow, 4 drops green
Cantaloupe – 24 yellow, 2 red
Plum – 10 red, 4 blue
Spearmint – 12 green, 6 yellow, 2 blue
Watermelon – 25 red, 2 blue
Grape – 17 blue, 3 red  
Jungle Green – 14 green, 6 yellow
Purple – 15 blue, 5 red
Jade – 17 green, 3 blue
Maize – 24 yellow, 1 red
Raspberry – 14 red, 6 blue
Teal – 15 green, 5 blue
Fuchsia – 18 red, 2 blue
Orange Sunset – 17 yellow, 3 red

 

You can also paint eggs with food colors by combining in a small glass container 10 drops of one color, a one-half teaspoon of water, and a one-half teaspoon of vinegar.  Paint hard-cooked eggs with a paintbrush or a cotton swab.  Get zany with stripes, polka dots and zigzags or try drawing a cute bunny, spring chick or April flowers.

For pastel marbleized eggs, combine in a shallow bowl one-quarter cup of boiling water, one teaspoon of vinegar, one-eighth teaspoon of oil, and four to eight drops of food color.  Gently roll each egg in the mixture for 30 seconds, or until the egg is the desired shade.  Transfer the egg to a second color mixture, and repeat the process.  Allow the egg to dry completely, and wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly while handling the eggs during cooking, cooling, dyeing and hiding.  For quick and easy clean-up, use soap and water repeatedly to remove food color from hands and most kitchen countertops.  If needed, use all-purpose cleaner with bleach for countertops.

“Spending a few hours making beautiful eggs is a rewarding and fun way for families to celebrate the Easter holiday together,” says Laurie Harrsen, Director Consumer Affairs for McCormick & Company, Inc., the world’s largest spice and flavoring company.  Look for the McCormick® Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye package in your grocer’s spice section.  And if you have questions about using food colors as egg dyes or want a free egg dyeing guide, call 1-800-632-5847 and/or visit www.mccormick.com.

 


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