Have you ever wanted to decorate eggs that you could keep forever? You can empty and clean the eggs quickly and easily so you won’t have to use your creations for egg salad!
I use an egg blowing tool (available here), but you can also use a tack or small drill bit and a syringe (without the needle). Along with the supplies I have pictured below, I also use a large bowl for collecting the egg whites/yolks and another large bowl for cleaning (if you are emptying a lot of eggs you could also use your sink).
Step 1: Using your drill tool notch one end of the egg and drill a hole. (If you are using a syringe you will need to make a hole on each end of the egg.)
Step 2: Take the cap off of the pump and insert it into the hole (which is facing down). Put your thumb over the hole and squeeze. As you squeeze the pump you will begin to empty the egg. When you squeeze all the air from the pump into the egg, take your thumb off of the hole and pump again. (If you are using the syringe to empty the egg place the tip in the top hole and squeeze so that the egg contents come out of the bottom hole.)
Use caution during this step because if your egg is cracked at all or too thin it will break as you pump air into it. Also, if you pump too much air into the egg too quickly it may break. I usually poke the end of the pump tool into the egg now and then to help some of the material come out and also to pierce the yolk sac. This step will take a couple to a few minutes, depending on how big your egg is.
Step 3: Once your egg is empty it’s time to wash it. Using warm, soapy water wash off the outside of the egg. Submerge the pump tool into the water to fill it. Insert it into egg and squeeze the water into the egg. Repeat this until only clean water comes out of the egg. Rinse the egg in clean water and shake out excess water.
When your egg is clean you can microwave it to sanitize it, if you’d like. I place my eggs on a paper towel-lined plate and microwave on high 3 times for 10 seconds each.
Step 4: I cook all of the egg whites and yolks and give them to our chickens, turkeys and ducks. The cooked eggs are a very nutritious treat for the birds!
Step 5: Once the eggs are dry they are ready to be decorated. Be creative and have fun!