Introduction: Electric Kool-Aid Hard Boiled Eggs

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Tired of normal white-and-yellow hard boiled eggs? Now you can make swirly colored tie-dye style hard-boiled eggs!

Step 1: Materials

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Several Eggs
1 Syringe
Food Coloring
Plastic Cups

Step 2: Puncture the Egg

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Stab the egg with a fine-point syringe, Pulp Fiction style.

Step 3: Remove a Bit of Albumen

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Here you want to suck out some egg white to make room for the food coloring. Be careful, the eggs are still fragile. Be creative.

The best method we found was to poke holes in opposite faces of the egg.
Hold one side downwards, so the other hole is facing upwards.
Insert the syringe in the bottom hole, and pull back the plunger, carefully.

If you pull too hard, the egg will implode.

If you work the needle back and forth, you can find the sweet point where lots of egg insides come out.

You can also suck out the egg whites with your mouth.

Step 4: Inject Food Coloring

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Drop food coloring in a cup, take it up with the syringe, and then hit the egg with it.

Some food coloring may splatter back out.

Step 5: Shaken, Not Stirred

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I prefer to shake mine up, which gives the whole egg white a particular tinge.

Tetranitrate prefers to inject in globs, alternating colors on different sides of the egg.

If you cover the puncture holes with your fingers, you can swirl the egg pretty well.

Step 6: Boil

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The usual method to make hard boiled eggs.

Takes longer (around 15 minutes of steady boiling) than normal, probably due to the increased liquid (decreased protein) content.

Step 7: Extract, Crack, Consume!

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The results:


whatarethose33 (author)2015-12-09

do you make the egg first or what thats the stuff you need to put if your going to tell people a diy !? and does this have to do with science fair or what? or is it do it at home stuff

vanessaa (author)2011-07-05

sucking on a raw egg w/ your mouth is just asking for salmonella.

Jelaime (author)vanessaa2011-07-23

If you look at the picture you will see they are sucking it out with a syringe, not their mouth. A much better idea for food handling safety.

metqa (author)Jelaime2011-10-14

Doesn't matter what you suck it with, if there is salmonella on the shell it will contaminate the egg or you or whatever it touches up until the point that it is cooked and killed. However it is highly unlikely that there is salmonella on the shell and even so, by the time the egg is cooked it will be killed.

I suppose "go suck an egg" would be an insult if you want the person to get salmonella, but they'd have to such a lot of eggs before that would happen.

Creepy but cool instructable. Does the color appear outside of the shell after boiling? I ask because it could be a fun surprise to make some of these for easter and let the kids crack open their plain eggs just to discover the color on the inside.

snoopindaweb (author)2011-07-03

That ain't what We used to use with "Electrical Bananas" is It.?

EggHead101 (author)2010-04-29

*wishes you'd washed your fingers before the main photo* ...ewww.
Nice concept though. I got cool eggs too ...check' em.

santy22 (author)2009-07-28

"If you pull too hard, the egg will implode"

"BOY i wanna see that!"

*runs to the kitchen with a sringhe in his hand*

incorrigible packrat (author)2008-03-22

Man, that's one "cracked" idea... The leaky egg (last photo, step 7) reminds me of the scene in "Blade Runner" where Roy and Leon "question" the fellow in the eyball lab, and Leon starts playing with the eyes. Perhaps that's how the prop eyes were made... Kool-Aid note: I suppose you could use a strong solution of Kool-Aid to dye the eggs, instead of food colouring. A guy I knew in high school used to carve wooden pipes and such, and dye them with Kool-Aid, or maybe it was Freshie. Technical note: Do you really need to remove some albumen? Eggs have a small air space inside, that should compress enough to allow the dye injection. Heh heh. I gotta try this for Easter...

Aerospaced (author)2008-03-22

Interesting: There is no cool aid. You do understand the phrase "Electric cool aid" comes from Tim Leary's days of mixing up batches of cool aid with LSD and throwing a big party? It was once legal to use.

krazy (author)2007-07-07

koolaid or not it still looks nasty as hell.... hope it tasted alot better then it looked. the one that said it wasnt shaken'd looked like it was still raw egg where the coloring was...gross

ARVash (author)krazy2007-07-09

Should taste identical to any non-colored egg. Food coloring is by nature colorless.

clark (author)ARVash2008-03-20

umm, that doesn't really make sense

LA Craig (author)ARVash2007-08-22

don't you mean tasteless?

ARVash (author)LA Craig2008-01-31

No, colorless.

unspecified (author)ARVash2008-01-31

"Food coloring is by nature colorless. " quote of the day!

stasterisk (author)ARVash2007-07-09

Yup - tastes like normal eggs! I imagine this could make for a cool egg salad, in retrospect.

gwrober (author)2008-03-20

Do you have more boiling casualties, as the shell has been weakened?

Shifrin (author)2008-01-05

Cool, I Like the multi-colored one the best! ~Shifrin

Bas (author)2007-11-28

"You can also suck out the egg whites with your mouth." laff :) What makes people think its unpleasant to look at is: blue is not a usual food color, except some berries which are actually purple,should try to improve the injection to make the color more homogenic around the yolk, but its a funny guide :)

LasVegas (author)2007-07-06

Did you read the Instructable? There's no Kool-Aid used in its production.

!Andrew_Modder! (author)LasVegas2007-07-07

lol sorry i mostly just skim the instructable, unless it looks like something i think is cool.

The Leo (author)2007-07-07

Cool! This could be great at a party.

You might be better off not sucking out raw egg white with your mouth, like it says in step 3. While your chances of catching salmonella are kind of slim, it's not a nice thing to go down with.

megziewoodles (author)2007-07-07

That may be the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. I should try that next time I want to persuade people that they should never leave me in the kitchen.

Mitten (author)2007-07-07


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