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Subject:Taking a page from staxxy's notes...
Time:11:11 am
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When staxxy preps a bunch of hard boiled eggs, she adds some food coloring to the water. This seemed emminently sensible to me, and as I'm currently letting a pot with a half-dozen eggs cool, I'm giving it a try. I added about 4-6 drops green and 1 drop blue, when I put the pot originally on the stove. I'll be happy as long as the boiled eggs are not the same colour as the uncooked eggs.

Addendum: Next time, use a lot more dye. They were only a hint of green, so I marked them up with a sharpie, so it's easy for anyone to see that Those Are Not The Eggs For Frying.

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starcrossedlady
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Time:2010-06-15 06:28 pm (UTC)
dude! why didn't we think of that before????
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baking_bahr
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Time:2010-06-15 06:39 pm (UTC)
Because it's so sensible and obvious and we usually only think about egg-dying around Easter? Seriously, even if I'm boiling eggs for Deviled Eggs, I'm going to make sure there's dye in the water. Maybe use onion skins or something, if I don't use commercial food dye.
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melstra
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Time:2010-06-15 07:32 pm (UTC)
Though couldn't you just have marked them with a sharpie in the first place? Granted, this is way more creative and festive...but has the potential for being messy, at least in my house. :)
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snobahr
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Time:2010-06-15 07:37 pm (UTC)
While I could do that in the first place, my mom-in-law is sometimes not the most observant of individuals. More often than not, eggs in a plastic dish in the fridge means there wasn't enough space in the egg-bin in the door. If it's mostly white, she won't see anything beyond that fact, unless the eggs are a drastically different colour. Then she'll have a good laugh and use the uncooked eggs for her breakfast.
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staxxy
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Time:2010-06-16 10:35 am (UTC)
if you add the color directly to the boiling pot (with a bit of vinegar and salt), you can drain the water when the eggs are done, rinse them in the pan, and then pat them dry (I recommend paper towels) before putting them in the container for the fridge.

I am *truly* clumbsy. Like WHOA kinds of klutz levels. And this keeps the mess to a bare minimum in my home. I highly recommend it though. It is fun to color them, and fun to see them in the fridge. It makes the humdrum boring of boiled eggs come to life and really, who couldn't use a bit more color in their lives?
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staxxy
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Time:2010-06-16 10:38 am (UTC)
find a professional cake makers shop in the area. Not the kind you buy cakes at but the kind you go to for the fancy baking crap to make cakes. They will have the *good* dyes. I can get you the name of the brand I like. They do little sets of colors that are fairly inexpensive and REALLY nice.

But yes, you can get good color from onion skins, tea, coffee, saffron, beets, berries, grass & leaves, or anything else that you can stain your clothes with. If it will color cloth, you can use it to color eggs. They are VERY porous.
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staxxy
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Time:2010-06-16 10:28 am (UTC)
Life is too short not to live in vivid color.
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staxxy
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Time:2010-06-16 10:32 am (UTC)
lots of dye. a bit of salt and a bit of vinegar (helps set the dye so it doesn't bleed all over you. Rinse the eggs before putting them in the fridge (again, so dye does not get all over you).

Pink and red dyes will dye *you* as you do this. Blue and green dyes will wash away fairly easily with a gel type soap (like dishsoap). Yellow dye barely shows up on even my ghostly white skin.

I generally use quite a generous amount of dye, although this last time I was somewhat conservative. I shan't be in the future.

But it is full of fun to have hard boiled eggs when you get to peel the colors away. Often, the eggs themselves have absorbed a bit of dye so they are speckled.

When I do deviled eggs, I will take the eggs out of the pot when they are done, crack the shells, and put them back into the dye for about 10 minutes. It gives the whites a lovely marbled look. Very fancy for deviled eggs.
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