Here's a great way to blow eggs that is efficient, sanitary, and creates no mess.
To begin, gather the following:
- Eggs in an egg carton
- Straight pin or tapestry needle
- Teaspoon (from your silverware, not for measuring)
- Wooden skewer
- Drinking glass
- Drinking straws
Leave the eggs in the carton while you pierce them. Place the pin point-down against the top of the egg and lightly tap the pin head with the back of the spoon until it pierces the egg. Insert the wooden skewer into the egg and gently press it down until it pierces the bottom of the egg.
Remove the egg from the carton, hold it over the glass, and push the skewer up and down through the contents several times to break the yolk. Remove the skewer and place a straw over the hole. Blow through the straw until the contents of the egg are emptied into the glass. Rinse blown eggs in warm water and dry with a paper towel or let them dry in a clean egg carton.
Clean and dry the eggs before coloring.
Gently wash the inside and outside of the empty eggshells with dishwashing detergent and rinse them. If water remains inside an egg, use a straw to blow it out. Let the eggs dry thoroughly on a rack or in their carton.
Sterilize eggs to be filled with edibles.
If the eggs are to be filled with candies, sterilize them instead of just washing. Fill a saucepan with water. Place the blown eggs in the water one at a time, holding each one down until it fills with water and stays submerged. Make sure the eggs are covered with water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs to a drying rack and let them drain as much as possible. When they are cool enough to handle, drain any remaining water by blowing it out with a straw.
Submerge the eggs in a bowl of cool water and then drain again. Transfer them to an egg carton and let stand at room temperature to dry.
From Easter Eggs: 40 Fabulous Projects for the Whole Family. Projects and Photographs by Matthew Mead. © 2007 Chronicle Books.