How to Color Easter Eggs

The Easiest Egg-coloring Method Ever! sous vide colored easter eggs

Avoid all the muss and fuss (and mess and smell) of coloring eggs this spring by letting the SousVide Supreme do all the work.  With this method, you can cook and color the eggs in one easy step.  Here’s all there is to it.

Per dozen eggs, you’ll need:

Instructions:

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 167F/65C.
  2. Put a cup (240 ml) of water into each zip-closure bag. Add 20-40 drops food coloring, 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of the vinegar, and 3 eggs to each bag.
  3. Use the Archimedes Principle to evacuate the air and seal the bags. Submerge the bags and cook at 167F/65C for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the eggs from the coloring solution (which you can reuse to color another batch of eggs if you choose) and cool them in cold water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Refrigerate the colored eggs for up to 3 days, if planning to consume them.

3 Responses to How to Color Easter Eggs

  1. Valerie says:

    I’ve used the sous vide for hard-cooked eggs before with great results. I tried this method today and the color is brilliant.
    Happy Easter!

  2. Brian says:

    Does the color bleed when you put the eggs in cold water?

    SousVide Supreme replies: Not sure what you mean? What cold water? The temperature of the water in the pouches becomes the same as the temperature of the water in the bath in pretty short order, which is 167F. A small pouch (quart/0.9 liter) with a cup (240 ml) of water, 2 teaspoons (5 ml) vinegar, and 20 to 40 drops of food color will color 3 eggs. Each color you wish to use requires its own zip=closure pouch. You can subsequently reuse the pouch and the colored water in it to dye 3 more eggs, if you like. We colored 18 eggs in 6 pouches each with a different color.

  3. Brian says:

    I was replying to #4 where it says, “and cool them in cold water for 15 to 20 minutes”. The directions did not clarify whether or not to take them out of the bags for this and if indeed you had to take them our of the bag, then the colors might bleed in the cold water. I assumed that you did NOT take the out of the bag when I actually did this and they turned out fine. You still need to be careful when you dry them though, you can mar the finish.

    SousVide Supreme responds: Sorry for the confusion. The color shouldn’t bleed, but if you are concerned, cool them in the coloring solution to be sure — then reuse the pouch of coloring solution to color more eggs if you desire.

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