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March 25, 2013

Easter eggs to dye for are just a few tips away

— Easter eggs.

Whether it’s that after lunch hunt on Easter day or the first time you peeled back the shell to taste the humble hard-cooked treat, Easter eggs seem to have a firm tradition.

For years moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas have helped children of all ages decorate eggs.

Here are a few helpful hints from McCormick and decorating ideas when it comes to dyeing Easter eggs:

What you need: 

• 1 dozen large eggs

• Vinegar

• Assorted food colors

Directions

Gently place eggs in a single layer in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover eggs by 1-inch. Cover. Bring just to boil on high heat. Remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes. (Adjust time up or down by 3 minutes for each size larger or smaller.

Pour off hot water and rapidly cool eggs by running them under cold water (or place in ice water) until completely cooled.

Mix 1/2 cup of boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 and 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. Allow eggs to dry.

Decorating Ideas

Two toned eggs: Dip top half of hard-cooked egg in one color and the bottom half in another. Or, dip each half of the egg in the dye for different lengths of time, creating different shades of same color.

Painted eggs: Mix 20 drops food color and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar in small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab. Go wild with stripes, polka dots and zigzags.

Designed eggs: Before dyeing, place rubber bands, stickers such as chicks, rabbits, flowers or other springtime favorites, or paper reinforcements on the eggs to create the design of choice. Once dry, remove the rubber bands, etc., to view the design.

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