Easter Eggs 101: Cooked, Decorated & Delicious

Easter eggs are an essential spring tradition. Dyeing eggs (and hunting them) is a fantastic activity the whole family can do at home. However, it can get a little chaotic and messy.

Here are a few basics you’ll need to give everyone a memorable Easter craft project that won’t totally destroy your kitchen. Plus, get some nifty tips on storing your eggs and clever ways to eat them.

Easter Eggs 101

Hard-Boiled Eggs

The easiest way to hard-boil your eggs is with the Deluxe Multi Cooker. Add 6 eggs and 1 cup (250 mL) of water to the Deluxe Multi Cooker, select the Egg setting, and let it do its thing. If you use a pressure cooker that doesn’t have an egg setting, set the cook time to 5 minutes on high pressure and allow it to naturally release for an additional 5 minutes. Then, immediately place your cooked eggs in an ice-water bath.

If you’d like to stick with the traditional route of cooking them on the stovetop, place your eggs in a large pot with enough cold water to cover them. Bring the water just to a boil and remove the pot from the heat. Let the eggs stand, covered, for 20 minutes. Then, take the eggs out of the pot and place them in ice-cold water until they’re completely cooled. This will prevent an ugly green ring from forming on the egg yolks.

Egg Dyeing: Classic Solid Colors

Prepare egg dye in six 1-cup (250-mL) Prep Bowls following the directions on your Easter egg color kit (typically one tablet in each bowl) or on the food coloring package. Using a slotted spoon, lower one hard-boiled egg into the dye of your choice, rolling the egg around in the bowl. Remove the egg and let it dry.

Egg-cellent tip: Line a rimmed sheet pan with a few layers of paper towels for drying the dyed eggs. This gives the eggs a flat drying surface, and they won’t roll away.

Hard-boiled eggs dipped in dye.

Egg Dyeing: Tie-Dye Eggs

Dye hard-boiled eggs as described for the classic solid colors. Let your eggs dry completely. Then gently stir in ¼ tsp (1 mL) of vegetable oil (if you’re using a kit) or ½ tsp (2 mL) of vegetable oil (if you’re using food coloring) into the remaining dye in your bowls. Immediately dip the egg into the oil mixture to coat. Remove the egg and let it dry completely.

Homemade tie-dye eggs drying.

How to Easily Peel Eggs

Nothing is more frustrating than picking tiny bits of shell off your beautiful hard-boiled eggs. There are lots of methods out there, but here’s what we’ve found in the Pampered Chef test kitchens that works the best. The results are egg-ceptional.

  1. Start with eggs that are 7–10 days old for the best results.
  2. Keep your eggs cold once they’ve finished cooking.
  3. Gently tap the egg on the countertop until the shell is finely crackled all over.
  4. Roll the egg between your hands to loosen the shell.
  5. Hold the egg under cold running water to help ease off the shell.
  6. Start peeling at the larger end of the egg.
Easy-to-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

Egg Safety & Storage

Remember 1-1-2 to enjoy your hard-boiled eggs safely.

1 WEEK: Keep hard-boiled eggs in their shells, stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

1 DAY: Once you peel ’em, eat ’em that day.

2 HOURS: Refrigerate hard-boiled eggs within two hours of cooking.

Is It Safe to Eat Dyed Easter Eggs?

The simple answer is yes, BUT you should follow a few basic safety guidelines. First, use food-safe dyes on your eggs. Don’t eat the eggs if the shells crack during the cooking or egg-dyeing process. You can hunt for your colored eggs or display them, but if they’ve been sitting out at room temperature for two or more hours, throw them out.

57 Responses to Easter Eggs 101: Cooked, Decorated & Delicious

  1. caroline April 12, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    great idea

    • Marlene April 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      Wow!! Tons of info! Most helpful! Thx:))

    • Gale Bowen April 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

      Love the idea of the oil for marble eggs

  2. Sherry April 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    I love these bits of info. I always try them immediately.

  3. Teresa April 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Great fun!

  4. Kathy April 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    Great tips. I’m definitely making the deviled chicks.

    • Bobbie April 6, 2020 at 7:46 pm #

      Did I miss something…”deviled chicks”? Sounds interesting…

  5. Kay Fink April 10, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

    I remember as a child getting a basket of eggs on Easter Day and we would leave the eggs in our baskets all week long and only eat one each day. Never refrigerated them and I’m 65 and still living. LOL

    • Carol Lubas April 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

      .We did too. I always wonder if the eggs are treated differently now or the chickens fed differently.

      • Liggy April 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

        I would say, they are fed way different then when us baby boomers were growing up!!

      • Mary Mapel March 5, 2022 at 5:46 am #

        farm fresh eggs that have never been refrigerated can stay good for several weeks. I grew up on a farm and we always kept our eggs in a basket in the cupboard. This is because eggs are laid with a coating on them, that I can’t remember the name to, but it keeps them fresh. Once eggs have been in the refrigerator, they need to be treated differently, because once removed from the fridge, the shells might sweat and the pores can open and let in bacteria. Also, store-bought eggs may have been washed and the protective coating removed.

        • Ann Blasdel April 12, 2022 at 5:39 pm #

          Bloom! My daughter just acquired a couple of hens and I’m learning all kinds of things! The eggs are actually very dirty when collected (she hasn’t been able to teach her hens to lay in a different place then they sleep so the eggs get pooped on). But, as soon as they are washed, the bloom rinses away and the eggs have to be refrigerated.

    • VAM0613 April 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm #

      and I bet the eggs were sitting on the counter when they were brought home. the chickens don’t put them in the refrigerator!

    • Allie Raven April 6, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

      Given that we are all uustaying in, it would have been very helpful if this pos had included directions for coloring eggs using food coloring. Or maybe it was there and I somehow missed it???

      • Teresa Drake April 7, 2020 at 11:54 pm #

        Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color 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.

    • Suzi Dowell April 6, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

      I agree with Kay & Carol, My mom, her mom, myself and now my kids have allows hide the eggs around the house the night before and the kids wake up looking for them. I would hide 4 dozen and we would eat them for the week. I am 58 and still living, LOL. But the other tips are great, thanks.

      • Mary April 8, 2020 at 9:20 am #

        Same here, 61

    • Liz April 7, 2020 at 7:46 am #

      Same here!

    • Darlene April 12, 2022 at 6:56 pm #

      Right?!? I was just thinking I’d be dead by now 😂
      We never refrigerated our Easter Eggs.

    • Betty April 13, 2022 at 5:04 am #

      We did too!

    • Caren Gober April 14, 2022 at 9:49 am #

      I agree with you, I think 2 hours is for someone who truly has phobias!

  6. Joan April 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    These are all great ideas. Thanks for the tips.

  7. Sue Oldham April 12, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    I like all of your email. Wish I still had my driver’s license, but I am making the best of the situation.
    Thanks…Beautiful and eggsiting…Sue O.

  8. Bonnie April 12, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    Yes, 2 hours is ultra cautious. People didn’t always have refrigerators!

  9. Tina March 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Love them keep them coming

  10. Jamie Campbell April 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

    I love it Thanks for the tips

  11. Elizabeth Watkins Clary April 6, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

    Great tips! I always make deviled eggs with my Easter Eggs after Easter! Any tips for making deviled eggs? I’ve made them several years! Hugs!

  12. Kerry Sawyer April 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm #

    Awesome thanks 👍😀

  13. Roseann April 6, 2020 at 2:39 pm #

    Love the idea of tie-dye eggs, a different look.

  14. Terry April 6, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

    Tie-Dye: We used to wrap egg in old piece of white t-shirt and twist top of material. Spoon color (1 or more) over egg in t-shirt. Makes a pretty pattern where you twisted top … anxious to try your’s with oil.

  15. Viki L Johnson April 6, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

    Love this! Thank you

  16. pattye April 6, 2020 at 3:25 pm #

    Great! Cannot wait to try this tie-dyed egg idea – long and fun tradition for this sacred, special holiday!
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  17. Linda Lawrence April 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm #

    How nice. I must keep this information. I am sure the kids are having fun.

  18. Denise Vanderklok April 6, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

    Just when you think you know how to boil an egg! Thanks for the tips.

  19. Renee James April 6, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

    We have always done the “tye dyeing” eggs but we call it “marbling”. We also reheat the coloring (now In the microwave) then put the vegetable oil in. The color is brighter and shiny!!!
    HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!🐰💐🐰💐🐰💐🐰💐🐰💐🐰💐🐰💐🐰💐🐰💐

  20. Janie April 6, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

    you should remind people how to boil eggs in the quick cooker!

  21. michele m lindenmuth April 6, 2020 at 5:49 pm #

    Love the tie dye eggs look easy to do

  22. Sherry April 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

    I plan on using these ideas when my granddaughters come to help dye the eggs. Very useful info.

  23. Amy April 6, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

    Thanks for the great tips

  24. Jan April 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm #

    Fun idea with that oil

  25. camille April 6, 2020 at 7:59 pm #

    thank you, Happy Easter blessing your way.

  26. Darcus Ford April 6, 2020 at 8:04 pm #

    Great ideas! Thanks for tips.

  27. Floraida Nethery April 6, 2020 at 8:58 pm #

    Great tips. Love the tie dye idea

  28. Debbie April 7, 2020 at 12:28 am #

    Great idea for the tie dyed eggs we will try it this year!

  29. Diane Holley April 7, 2020 at 2:21 am #

    Need: food coloring, whip cream (cheaper better), cheap foil pan (8″x8″), couple toothpicks, plastic gloves (baggies or plastic grocery bag work, too)

    Spread thin layer whip cream in pan. Drop dots of different color food color over the whipped cream. Take tooth pick, draw lines back & forth, blending colors. Roll cold dried eggs in colored whipped cream. Place on cake rack, let dry couple hours. With plastic gloves, pick up eggs, gently wipe off whipped cream. Fancy colored eggs.

  30. Claudia Davis April 7, 2020 at 5:07 am #

    Did you know that steaming eggs works great too? Yes, and they peel better. In Montana 15 minutes of steaming and 15 minutes of chilling in ice water makes perfect eggs. Try it!

  31. Caroline Retzlaff April 7, 2020 at 6:21 am #

    Some great ideas! It makes you want to start cooking those eggs right away!

  32. Kim Brees April 7, 2020 at 8:01 am #

    Thank you for sharing!

  33. Terri April 7, 2020 at 8:10 am #

    Fun & safe tips! Thanks!

  34. Wilma April 7, 2020 at 10:05 am #

    Love to read theses idas from Pampered Chef…times have changed……….

  35. Carol Infinger April 7, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    Thanks for the tips. May the Lord shine bright in you life during these difficult times and may you have his peace and his protection during this time. Hope your Easter is more special

  36. Pam Wehrman April 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm #

    Love these tips! Thank you!!

  37. Ctmidnight April 9, 2020 at 10:34 pm #

    Good article on how to have fun and stay safe when having your Easter “Egg-stravaganza”

  38. Deb April 13, 2020 at 11:49 pm #

    Used the pressure cooker for 6 minutes and did a quick release for the pressure. They came out perfect and the shells peeled easily.

  39. Cheryl Harding April 12, 2022 at 8:11 pm #

    Here’s the link to 4 of our Pampered Chef recipes for deviled eggs including Deviled Chicks recipe!
    That is a cute one! Enjoy and Happy Easter!!


  40. Sharon April 14, 2022 at 6:26 pm #

    Very good information. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Easter Everyone

  41. Michele April 6, 2023 at 8:20 pm #

    Love the tips. Thank you.

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