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Volume II
March 25, 2005

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Perfect and Peelable Hard-Boiled Eggs
from a previous issue of the HomeCook'n Newsletter.

Easter Eggs without the Shell

I'd like to find out how to dye a hard boiled egg...once it's peeled so the hard boiled white will turn colors....?  It is done with food coloring...Anyone have this recipe?...

Thank you in advance!!


I can't find any recipe for dying peeled eggs.  However, I don't see why you couldn't just dip it in the dye you'd use to color an unpeeled one.  The white should absorb color quite quickly, and then you could rinse off the excess and pat dry with paper towels. 

Alternatively, dipping the eggs quickly in things like beet juice or cherry juice, blueberry juice, or other even kool-aid (mixed without sugar) might quickly bring color to the egg, and hopefully not impart too much flavor!

Here's the recipe for the first method from McCormick:

Combine 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and specified number of food color drops, listed below, 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.

Color Suggestions :   Lime:   24 yellow, 4 green;  Purple :  15 blue, 5 red; Cantaloupe :  24 yellow, 2 red;  Jade:   17 green, 3 blue;  Plum :  10 red, 4 blue; Raspberry:  14 red, 6 blue;  Watermelon :  25 red, 2 blue;  Teal:   15 green, 5 blue;  Fuchsia :  18 red, 2 blue;  Spearmint : 1 2 green, 6 yellow, 2 blue;  Maize : 24 yellow, 1 red;  Grape :  17 blue, 4 red;  Orange Sunset :  17 yellow, 3 red;  Jungle Green :  14 green, 6 yellow. Variations :

Two-tone:  Dip top half of hard-cooked egg in 1 color and the bottom half in another.

Painting eggs:  Combine 20 drops food color and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar in small container.  Paint hard-cooked eggs with a paintbrush or cotton swab.

Designing eggs:   Place rubber bands, stickers, or reinforcements on the egg before dyeing to create the design of choice.  Once dry, remove the rubber bands, etc., to view the design.

Hope this helps,

Desi @  DVO

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