This is the second installment in the Cooking With B series.  The first one we created an easter inspired dessert called Chocolate Rabbit Holes.  It was a team effort.  She helped me to conceive the dish and assisted with the execution.  This series is about trying to engage our kids in cooking.  So coming up with things I do not fear B will cut her fingers off while trying to accomplish is important.  As this is a bimonthly series, we were coming due for the second installment.  So this week we have been trying to come up with something to cook.  My daughter reminded me we needed to color eggs for easter.  I know it’s not a recipe per say.  But it does involve some cooking and working in the kitchen, so we figured it counts.  Hence, welcome to the second installment of Cooking with B: Easter Egg Edition.

The nice thing is that it is a fairly straight forward recipe and execution.  But it’s really nice to be able to do something that even young kids can engage in.  We took pictures all along the way, so you can see how we accomplished things.  There were a couple of things we found to be difficult, so I will leave warnings about them as they come up.  And anything I don’t think your child should do, I will warn about.  Some of it depends on the age of your child.  But enough of the chit chat and warnings.  And on with the show!

Cooking With B: Easter Egg Edition

We began with a few different ways for coloring easter eggs that we purchased at the store.  Each of them have their advantages and disadvantages.  It really just depends on how much of a mess you are willing to deal with, and whether or not you want to allow your children to touch you after staining their hands in a way you fear will only come out when hell freezes over.  Or pigs flying.  Maybe the second one is more likely than the first.  Who knows?  Suffice it to say, each of them have bonuses and each have minuses.

  1. First, we layed out our Easter Egg Decorating Spread on a Table that my daughter could work on.

  2. We followed by filling up the pot with water.  You might want to do this step yourself as it does get heavy. My daughter was able to handle it, but she’s 10.  And she could barely handle it.

  3. From there we turned the heat to medium high.  I know that some hard boiling of eggs calls for you to put the eggs in after it’s boiling.  But truthfully, we did it this way so the kids could be involved in more steps.

  4. Heat at boiling for 10 minutes.

  5. Turn the oven off and put the eggs into an ice bath.  This stops the cooking process with the eggs to prevent over cooking them.  It may be impossible as you had to turn the oven on when the water was cold because of this recipe.  But it should still turn out ok.  Make sure you do this step as the eggs will be hot.

  6. After 10 minutes, you can lay your eggs out and be ready to begin dyeing them.

From here on out we had multiple methods for dyeing of the eggs.  You can choose your own method that best works for you.

Method 1: Put Eggs In Dyeing Buckets

The positive side of this method is that it is simple and straight forward.  And as long as you don’t overfill the buckets you leave chance for less mess.  But as you are working with kids, I cannot guarantee the buckets won’t be overflowing.  Have the PAAS™ Glitter Color Cups.

  1. Put the tablets in the buckets.

  2. Pour white vinegar into buckets to the first line.  You might have to help your kids, especially if you are using a gigantic vat of vinegar like this one.  One does wonder why anyone would need that much vinegar.

  3. Let the tablets dissolve completely and then fill up to a bit under the second line with water.  Any more that than and can we say dye wars anyone?  It’s like Star Wars with buckets.  OK! Maybe not.  Add glitter to the colors you want to glitter color with.

  4. Color your eggs with white crayon to create any designs you wish to make with your egg so that those sections do not dye.

  5. Put eggs into buckets with the wire hanger they give you.

  6. Pull the eggs out after at least five minutes in the bucket.  The longer you leave it in, the more intense the color.

  7. And voila!  C’est Magnifique!

Method #2: The Snap Method

No! No!  Not the Snap Method!  Anything but the Snap Method!  Two hours and it’s just so messy!  It leaves the eggs just as dead as the quick way.  No Johnny!  Let’s do it the quick way ok? (My ode to Arsenic and Old Lace and the Melbourne method.)  It’s actually not that bad.  What it is are these snap tools.  Have PAAS™ Color Snaps.

  1. Snap the ends off of the brush.  The dye immediately moves to the other side. I had to do it for my daughter on the first one so you may have to do the snap part for your child.

  2. Paint on Eggs

My problem with this method isn’t the method.  It’s super simple.  And as you can see, the dye is strong and you get to be very artistic with your egg.  It’s just that the dye is strong and your hands become a work of art as well.  A work of art that may never recover.  Ah c’est la vie.

Method #3: Shake and Color

You never go to the grocery store to get an egg dyeing kit and think you are going to need to provide something more than eggs, vinegar and water.  Lo and behold!  Who would have thought you would need long grain white rice for a recipe?  Only PAAS™ Shake and Color packet would dare make you do such a thing.  For each color you use you will need half a cup of long grain white rice.

  1. Pour one half cup of white rice into the PAAS™ resealable bag.

  2. Cut one color packet open on a corner.  I would do this yourself, not only because you are cutting, but because you really don’t want to see dye flying everywhere.  And this is the equivalent of dye concentrate.  Get that on the rug and I hope you enjoy green rug, or pink rug, or maybe even blue rug.

  3. Pour the color dye packet into the bag and seal the bag.

  4. Mix the dye in with the rice for at least 15 seconds until fully coated.

  5. Unseal bag and put in egg.

  6. Reseal the bag.

  7. Shake or Roll egg in rice for at least 15 seconds.

  8. Pull out the egg and wipe off any extra grains of rice.

  9. A Perfect Pink Masterpiece.

One last thing about these eggs.  If the eggs are not being coated by the rice.  To revive the dye, put one to three drops of warm water inside the bag again and mix.  Its nice that it revives the bag if you have a lot of people dyeing eggs.  The downside is that with every successive time you put the water in, the rice gets stickier and harder to get off of the egg.  But for the most part, your mess is contained.  And it’s so fast!!!

Perfect Easter Creations

Continue the Conversation

Unfortunately, this is the end to this really brief edition of Cooking with B.  But do not worry.  We have already done another recipe and photographed it, so it will be coming your way very soon.  And we have another on the way after that.  We are excited to be presenting this to you.  Hope you enjoy cooking, and definitely get your kids in their when you can.  Having them learn to love cooking is such an amazing tool which will be valuable to them later in life.  What recipes have you made with your children?  What are some of your favorites?  And what are some of theirs?  Looking forward to hearing from you.  And, as always, if you liked this blog, please explore other ones, follow, and tell your friends.  Just don’t do it in a sweater vest.  Only Mr. Rodgers and Milo Murphy can rock those.

Until next time, this is me signing off.

David Elliott, Single Dad’s Guide to Life