One of the most creative activities that you can do with your children at Easter is to decorate eggs with them. This has become a tradition in many homes and it's something that will leave you with healthy food snacks in the refrigerator. Before you get started with your egg preparation you might want to read through this first. There are some things that you can do to help prevent your eggs from cracking so that you and the kids end up with perfectly formed eggs without any cracks in them.
Start with cold water
To get beautiful eggs you should start with cold water. Most people get the water boiling and then drop their eggs into the hot water. This is when a lot of cracking can occur. Instead, line your eggs in the pot first and then gently pour cold water over them until they are covered. Then, place the pot on the heat. You'll also notice that when you cook them this way, they don't give off a sulfurous smell that has the odour of a rotten egg.
Add vinegar to the water
For every egg that you will be cooking, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water. This helps the egg white proteins congeal faster, which plugs any cracks in the shell that appear naturally.
Use older eggs
Eggs that have been sitting in the refrigerator begin to contract. When the egg cooks it will expand. With less egg in the shell, there is less chance of cracking when expansion occurs.
Bring the water to a boil
Bring the water to a rolling boil and then allow the eggs to cook for seven minutes. Remove from the heat and put the pot in the sink. Start running cold water into the pot to cool down the eggs. This should only take a minute or two.
Plan on some cracking
Sometimes, no matter what you do, your eggs will crack. Plan on making extra eggs so that everyone that is taking part in the Easter egg decorating fun has enough perfect eggs to work with. You can definitely plan on some cracking occurring if you're having fun with young children. They will inevitably drop an egg or two on the table while they're working on them!