Every year, as Easter draws near, a great debate begins between my mom and I. It’s not about the resurrection of our Lord. It doesn’t even involve the absurdities of the Easter bunny. Dear friends, it all circulates around one tiny little Easter tradition: the correct and most effective way to boil an egg.
Yep, that’s right. Egg boiling. It’s really quite simple, actually, but somehow she always gets lured in by the promise of perfection presented on various morning talk shows year after year. One year, in particular, I remember her placing eggs in muffin tins before placing them in the oven. Did she end up with beautiful eggs ready for dying that were easy to peel? Nope, she sure didn’t! Instead, the results were a stinky house and burnt eggshells. So, what is this one magical method that I use? See directions below!
Hard Boil & Ice Bath:
- Place a pot of water on the stove & set heat to high.
- Bring water to a rapid boil & carefully place eggs in the pot.
- Let eggs boil for 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, add a decent amount of ice to a mixing bowl & fill it 3/4 of the way with water.
- Once eggs have boiled, carefully remove them & place them immediately in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes.
- Remove, dry, and dye if you wish!
- When you’re ready to peel, plop each egg on the counter in a circular motion to crack it all along its center. The shell should come off easily without tearing up the boiled egg inside.
Now that you have perfect and beautifully boiled eggs with the peace-of-mind that they will be successfully peeled in the end, it’s time to start decorating! Usually, I use just a good old-fashioned egg dying kit with 1 tbsp of vinegar added to each cup of color for extra brightness. Growing up, I also always enjoyed wrapping rubber bands around my eggs to make striped patterns while dipping them into multiple colors. My absolute favorite way to decorate eggs with my kids, though, is the shaving cream method! Have you heard of it? It’s pretty simple, but oh-so-much fun for kids! If you have a favorite way to decorate your eggs, let us know in the comments!
Shaving Cream Eggs:
- Spray a small layer of shaving cream into the bottom of a bowl or dish that has a relatively flat bottom & smooth the shaving cream with a spoon.
- Place a few drops of food coloring in the shaving cream & gently swirl the colors with a toothpick.
- Put your egg in the dish & roll it around until it’s covered.
- Remove egg & place it on a paper towel with the shaving cream still on & let it sit for at least 10 minutes for the dye to soak onto the shell.
- Rinse & dry the egg & you’re done!
If you have a favorite way to decorate your eggs, let us know in the comments!