After reading about tea-dyed eggs for years, I decided it was time to experiment—or should I say eggs-periment? Last week, when I mentioned my failed attempts to produce a perfectly shaped and perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg, several of you were kind enough to share your tips, which I will be trying until I find the perfect method. This time, because I wanted to dye the eggs with tea, I used the directions I found here.
Once the eggs were boiled and cooled under running water, I did as directed and created cracks by gently tapping on the egg with the back of a spoon. I really had no idea if I was cracking them in anything resembling a nice pattern, but after I added the tea leaves to the pot of water and simmered the cracked eggs for an hour, thanks to the "dye" from the tea, I could see that the cracks looked just fine.
And voila, my first tea-dyed egg! That's the good news.
Well, that and this pretty inner shell. I found myself wishing I could turn the inner shell inside out and save it, because that design looks like lace!
The bad news, alas, is that I once again have flat-bottomed eggs, which means these aren't fit to go on the pretty new egg plate I recently bought. When I clicked on the directions above and again looked at the photo, I realized that several of those eggs were flat-bottomed as well, so maybe that's simply how this particular recipe turns out. Next time, I'm not going to worry about using a tea dye recipe. I'm going to try one of your recipes for perfectly formed eggs, and then I'll worry about the cracking and dyeing later!