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March 30, 2013

Jazz up your Easter egg hunt

Why look for plain, pastel-colored eggs on Easter morning?

Liven up your search by going beyond placing a dye pellet into vinegar and dropping in the egg.

First you need to decide what type of eggs you are going to decorate.

If you’re a fan of hard-boiled eggs and love egg-salad, go the traditional route. The American Egg Board offers an easy method of boiling the perfect egg.

Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover the eggs by an inch. Heat them over high heat just until the water boils and remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan. Let the eggs stand in the hot water for about 12 minutes for large eggs, nine minutes for medium eggs and 15 minutes for extra long. Drain the hot water and cool the eggs by running cold water over the eggs or in a bowl of ice water. Refrigerate after they are cool.

The Egg Board also recommends using week-old eggs for boiling, as they are easier to peel. Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

If hard-boiled eggs will go to waste, you can go the easy route, or the harder one.

The easiest method is to use plain plastic eggs that can be filled with treats, and decorate those.

If you’re up to a challenge or want to create a keepsake, try to blow out eggs.

Leave the eggs out until they are at room temperature. Puncture the large end of the egg with a needle and enlarge the hole enough to allow the egg’s contents to flow out. Use the needle to break up the yolk in the shell. At the small end, punch a small hole with the needle. Hold the egg with the larger hole facing down over a small bowl. Blow through the small hole so the contents of the egg fall into the bowl. Carefully rinse the egg out under running water and let them dry.

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