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Get ready for Easter with our fun experiment of dying brown eggs for Easter. You will love our guide for how to make Easter eggs in the air fryer and its such a simple fun thing to do with the kids.
You can mix and match different colours, swap brown eggs for white duck eggs and why not decorate some of these eggs with crayons or felt tips.
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Dyed Eggs For Easter
Every year for Easter we always hard boil some eggs for them to decorate and enjoy playing with.
Back when Kyle was little (how can he be 22 this year) there would be a competition for the best decorated easter eggs at school and I remember him winning with his Man United set of eggs that looked like the Man United starting team. Just wish I still had a photo of it, because it looked fabulous.
Though of course, that was long before we had kitchen gadgets and it was done with a pan of boiling water.
But if I had a choice, I would choose the air fryer. It’s the easiest method and you don’t have to wait around for your pressure cooker to go to pressure.
Today, we’re going to show you with the air fryer method, how to hard boil brown eggs and then colour them.
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Can You Eat Dyed Easter Eggs?
YES, YES, YES, you can eat dyed easter eggs. Because essentially what you are eating is eggs that have peeled like a hard boiled egg. Plus, the food colouring is safe as it’s the same that we use for cake and recipes such as our Thermomix buttercream.
BUT and this is a big BUT our kids love looking at their dyed easter eggs and play with them for days. When you have them sat there at room temperature for several days, they are not going to be safe, or when they have gone past the amount of days that you can consume them by.
Can You Colour Brown Eggs?
Yes, you sure can. We are going to be using brown hen eggs today in our experiment to see how well they do. Though note, its kind of like a lady with dark hair colouring her hair. She can get it a bit lighter, but never as light as she would like. Whilst the woman with blonde hair can go any colour she wants and will look amazing.
Are White Eggs Dyed?
Yes, white eggs that you see for sale in the US are brown eggs that are dyed. Many readers have told me its because they need a chemical dyeing to be safe.
In the UK if you wanted white eggs to dye for Easter then we would recommend that you follow our air fryer duck eggs recipe.
Are Brown Eggs Dyed?
No brown eggs that you buy from the supermarket are not dyed and are eggs in their natural form.
Whenever I get eggs directly from the farmer they are always brown and you will notice in the UK all eggs are brown.
Can You Dye Raw Eggs?
Yes, you can dye raw eggs but think about it for a moment. You are letting kids loose with eggs and colourings. If you give them boiled easter eggs then if they drop one on the floor, then its no big deal, but a raw egg is going to make a LOT of mess!
How Long After Boiling Eggs Can You Dye Them?
Once the eggs are cold enough so your kids can handle them, is when its best to dye your eggs.
We will cook boiled eggs in the air fryer first, then leave them in some cold water to cool, then pat them dry and then colour.
You could plan ahead and boil the eggs the night before if you prefer and then you are not waiting on them on the day.
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Eggs For Easter Ingredients
Eggs – You can do as little as one egg or as many as eight eggs at once in the air fryer basket.
Colouring – Pick a mix of colours and then it can be more fun. And of course, if doing brown easter eggs to do a good mix of colours for a variety as not all colours will work.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this dyed eggs for easter it has been our Cosori Air Fryer. We recommend this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.
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How To Make Easter Eggs In The Air Fryer?
- Load. Start by loading eggs into the air fryer basket making sure you are gentle as you don’t want the egg shells to crack.
- Cook. Then set the temperature to 120c/250f and cook for 10 minutes.
- Cool. Next place the eggs in a bowl of cold water and allow them to sit for 20 minutes to cool down enough so that your kids can handle them.
- Colour. Pat dry the eggs and then set up a production line with little bowls with food colouring. Then dip the eggs into each of the bowls to fully coat. Then transfer the eggs to rest in a bowl or your egg container.
And I am sure you can see now how easy it is dyeing eggs for easter and how you can do the same.
Do Brown Eggs Dye Well?
Brown eggs dyed for easter are okay, but are never going to be as good as duck eggs or another white shell egg.
We found that we tried a few different colour combos and these were the best ones:
How Long Are Easter Eggs Good For?
Easter eggs are good for up to 4 days if you store them in the fridge. If your kids play with them for a few days and they are not in a cool place, then we don’t recommend eating them.
Because our kids were not eating their dyed brown eggs they played with them on and off for about a month.
How To Store Dyed Easter Eggs?
After you have made your dyed easter eggs we recommend placing them in the egg holder in the fridge to fully colour and to not make your kitchen be the colour of the colouring. Then after a couple of hours your kids can play with them.
You can then store the eggs in the fridge for up to 4 days.
More Air Fryer Eggs
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- Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- Air Fryer Full English Breakfast
- Air Fryer Scotch Eggs
- Air Fryer Scrambled Eggs
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How To Make Easter Eggs In Air Fryer
- Place the eggs into the air fryer basket and air fry at 120c/250f for 16 minutes.
- Place the eggs into a cold bowl of water to cool enough for you and the kids to handle. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes.
- Add food colouring to separate bowls. We did blue, red, green and orange. Then add enough water to half fill the bowl. Then stir with a spoon.
- Submerge the eggs into the different coloured pots and allow them to sit for 30 minutes to absorb the colour.
- Place the dyed brown eggs into egg cartons and place in the fridge for at least an hour. The eggs are now done for the kids to play with.