Homestead Eggs

Blowing Eggs

To remove the contents of an egg, begin by washing and drying the egg. Pierce both ends with a large needle. Slightly enlarge the hole at small end of the egg. Push needle well into the egg in order to break the yolk. Hold the egg over a bowl and with the small end down, blow into the hole at the opposite end until all the egg is removed. Rinse the shell with cold water and allow to dry thoroughly.

Tip: you can use the egg for an omelette, quiche or scrambled eggs.

Marbleized Eggs

A pretty coloring technique for eggs is marbleizing, a method that produces eggs decorated with swirls of color. The technique is simple.

Prepare desired colors. Add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil to each color. To marbleize eggs, stir color water vigorously. Using spoon, tongs or egg dipper, immediately dip egg in and out of water once. Place on wire rack to dry. For a multicolored effect, repeat procedure with a little vegetable oil for additional shine.

Coloring Eggs

Food coloring, natural colors, commercial easter dyes, andd water based felt pens can be used for coloring eggs.

To color eggs with food coloring, follow the method and chart below to obtain the desired color.

Method: add 1 teaspoon vinegar and food coloring ( as desired or following chart below) to 1/2 cup boiling water. Dip hard-cooked eggs until desired color is obtained. Remove egg and place on a wire rack to dry. After color has dried, it will not rub off.

Desired color Green Yellow Red Blue
Teal 15 drops

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5 drops
Lime 4 drops 24 drops

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Orange

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17 drops 3 drops

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Fuchsia

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18 drops 2 drops
Purple

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5 drops   15 drops
Spearmint 12 drops 6 drops

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2 drops

Hard-Cooking Eggs

Eggs should be “hard-cooked”, not “hard-boiled”, boiling eggs produces tough rubbery whites and dark rings around the yolks.

Place cold eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. add enough water to come at least one inch (2.5 cm) above the eggs. Cover and quickly bring to boiling and let eggs stand, covered, in the hot water for 20 -25 minutes. Drain and immediately run cold water over the eggs until they are completely cooled. the eggs are now ready for coloring .

Eggs that have aged about a week in the refrigerator work best for hard-cooking. When you want to enjoy them later on in egg salad or as a pickled egg, they will peel more easily then eggs fresh from the grocery store.

Coloring and Decorating Tips

Egg coloring and decorating can be raw, blown or hard-cooked. Hrad-cooked eggsare easier to handle by small children because they are not as fragile as raw or blown eggs. any eggs you wish to keep can be coated with spray lacquer or acrylic sealer.

To color and ecorate eggs, all you need are eggs, a little imagination and some simple craft or kitchen supplies.

Tongs are handy tool to use for dipping raw or hard-cooked eggs in and out of watter. An easy way yto color a brown egg is to thread a thin piece of wire through a hole made at both ends of the egg. Bend the wire at one end so the egg won’t slip off. This makes a handy tool for dipping the egg in the dye and hanging to dry. A wire rack is also useful for drying eggs.

Tip: If colored hard-cooked eggs are to be eaten, be sure to use only non-toxic coloring dyes on the shells (e.g. food coloring) and do not leave the eggs unrefrigerated for more than two hours.

Homestead Eggs
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