Friday, April 8, 2016

Marbleized Easter Eggs

We gave marbleized eggs a whirl this year. We went the oil route, I hear the shaving cream technique is a good one too.

I have too many photo's for this post, so let's get right into it. 

We chose to blow our eggs. You ever tried blowing yours? One thing we don't like about coloring eggs, is having to refrigerate them in order to still use the hard boiled egg. We like to display them. So we gave our first shot at blowing eggs. We had some break and crack, we poked holes too big. We found our later a thumb tack works better than our safety pin and chop stick approach to get started. 

First comes the snot.
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Then the yolk.   (Not a good idea if you have a headache.)
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Since we weren't sick, and no guests would be dining in with us, we decided it was a scrambled egg breakfast kind of morning. (rinse the eggs you'll be using for coloring and allow to dry)
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We chose pastel food coloring over the bold this time. 
Note: Next year, it would work best to do the first solid color with the pastels, and do the marbling with the bold. 
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Step 1: Add 3/4 cup of warm water in a shallow container. (We used tall glasses, clearly we listen well). Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and about 10 drops of food coloring. Use a lighter color food coloring for this batch.
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Step 2: Dunk 'em til you like 'em. Make sure the egg is completely covered. Allow it to sit for up to 5 minutes or until you are happy with the color.
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Since we blew our eggs, they did not sink. So we had to hold them down.
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Step 3: Remove egg from dye and place it on a drying rack to completely dry.
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Step 4: In a different shallow container (we listened this time), place 3/4 cup of warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and about 10-20 drops of a different color food coloring to the water. Be sure to use a darker color for this batch. 
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Step 5: Our instructions said to submerge the egg into container and roll it around. We found it worked better to roll the egg around on top of the water, which worked well since ours were hollow. Submerging seemed to 'blend the colors' too much. Either way, allow your egg to dry on the rack when your happy with your marble effect.
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Step 6: Allow egg to dry completely. About 10-15 minutes. Because of the oil, the outside of the egg will continue to look wet. Once you know the dye is dry, use a paper towel to gently wipe excess oil off.
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Step 7: You can repeat this process for as many different layers and color combinations as you like. We just did 2 colors per egg. Maybe we'll get a little crazier and rebel like next year and go for 3 !
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After wiping oil off, this is what you'll get. Unless we completely screwed them up, in which case you better start following Martha Stewart instead.
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What is your favorite way to color eggs?  Marble..with oil..or shaving cream?


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