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How to color hard boiled eggswith shell using food coloring

The process of coloring hard boiled eggs with shell using food coloring is a great way to add color and variety to your next brunch, lunch, or breakfast. It's also a good way to make sure your egg is cooked evenly and safely.
How to color hard boiled eggswith shell using food coloring

Simple effective ways of dying eggs red with food coloring and natural dyes from onions and beetroots. Perfect for celebrations like Eastern Orthodox Easter red eggs, Chinese celebrations like birthdays, baby one-month celebration, etc.

One of the food colorings that is depleted the quickest more than any color in our house, is RED. I usually only made red eggs. Red eggs are usually prepared for celebration in the Chinese culture. Whether to celebrate birthdays, baby’s one-month celebration, weddings, etc, you will see these red round eggs around. Red eggs represent happiness and renewal of life. But I’ve also learned that red eggs are also popular for Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration. The red eggs represent the blood of Christ.

My first time making red eggs on my own was when my daughter turned one year old. I felt a bit incompetent all of a sudden because I had never dyed any eggs before. I grew up in Indonesia and we didn’t color or dye eggs for Easter. I did call my mom and asked her how to dye red eggs (What to do without mom really!


It’s all down to chemistry. I’m no chemist but from what I understand, food coloring or food dyes rely on the acidic environment to work well. The vinegar provides that acidity to helps the color clings to the shells of the eggs.


Yes, natural dyes work. The color is usually more muted and they need a longer time. The eggs need to be soaked longer. The longer you soak, the more intense the color will be.


It’s amazing how the papery skin of yellow onion can contribute to a vibrant intense red I was looking for. Here’s how: 1. Remove the papery skin from the yellow onion

2. Put the skin, water, and vinegar in a non-reactive pot. 3. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat, cover, and let it simmer for 30 minutes. 4. Turn off the heat and strain the liquid 5. Place eggs in a jar, enough for the eggs you want to dye. Pour the hot liquid dye to cover the eggs and let them soak 6. I’m surprised by how intense the red can be using yellow onion skin. It’s amazing. Soaking for 1 hour produces a more orange hue almost red color. If you want a lighter vibrant red, 3-4 hours of soaking is sufficient. 12 hours of soaking produces a very intense red, almost a bit at the dark side, 24 hours of soaking turn the eggs into dark brown color


Beetroot juice produces a much subtle pastel color. It’s more pink than red. It’s perfect for Easter eggs. If you want a much intense red, you want to use yellow onion skin instead. 1. Peel and cut the beetroots into chunks 2. Add water and vinegar into a non-reactive pot 3. Bring to a boil and then cover and lower the heat to let them simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Strain the liquid for the dye 5. Place eggs in a jar, enough for the eggs you want to dye. Pour the hot beet juice to cover the eggs and let them soak 6. Remove the eggs from the jar and place them on a wire rack to dry for about 30 minutes to 1 hour How to make red-shelled eggs (with natural dyes or food coloring)


If using yellow onion skin: soak for 3-4 hours to get brighter/vibrant red, but not too dark. Please make sure the liquid is hot so the color clings to the shell If using beetroot juice: soak for at least 12-24 hours for a deeper pink color. Please make sure the liquid is hot so the color clings to the shell


1. Make sure the boiled eggs are not warm and at least room temperature

2. Put 1 teaspoon of vinegar to warm water. Drop about 20-35 drops of red food coloring (the amount is just an estimate. It really depends on how red you want it to be too and the brand of your red dye!) dropping red food coloring to dye eggs

3. Use a spoon to spoon the red liquid all over the eggs, turn the eggs around and repeat the same action. You will see that the red color starts to cling to the shells and the color will keep getting deeper and deeper. I recommend doing 2-3 eggs at a times max Spoon the red food coloring all over the eggs

spoon the red food coloring all over the eggs

4. Place the dyed eggs on a rack to let them air dry. They should be safe to touch after about 30 minutes Let the dyed eggs dry on the cooling rack


My mom usually uses a powdered food coloring that is available everywhere where she lives, but liquid or gel food coloring is more common here in the U.S. She said the powdered version gives a stronger nicer color. You will need to follow the instruction on how to use powdered dye/food coloring instead.


No, not to dye eggs. I’ve tried that before (what was I thinking!). The gel won’t dissolve in the water properly.


You certainly can. In fact, I grew up with brown eggs and my mom colored brown eggs for our birthday celebration. You just have to remember that you have a brown base to work with instead of white, so the color may come out darker. It also takes a bit longer to color brown eggs compared to white eggs. So you may need to play around on how much food coloring you need to get to the shade you like or in the case of natural dyes, how long you need to soak to get the color you want.


For artificial food coloring: I found that it’s not the amount of time the eggs sit inside the liquid that makes the color vibrant or not. I found that when I scoop the liquid all over the eggs with a spoon and you turn the eggs around as you are doing it really helps the eggs to pick up the color. For natural dyes: you need to let them soak. The longer they soak, the deeper/brighter the color will be

Red dyed eggs are drying on the rack

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