One of the most fun parts of Easter is coloring hard-boiled eggs. But it’s not always the easiest task. Even though it would seem like you just drop the eggs in boiling water and cook them until they're hard, some eggs will crack, making the shells unusable as canvases. To make sure that doesn’t happen this year, here are tips for making the perfect egg for Easter.

To Make Sure They Don't Stink Like Sulfur

Hard-boiled eggs have an unmistakable odor. While it’s impossible to completely get rid of the sulfurous smell, there is a way to diminish it.

1. Place a single layer of eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water.

3. Bring the pot to a boil and let the eggs cook for 1 minute.

4. Remove from heat and let the pot sit until the water is cool enough to submerge your hand, about 20 minutes.

5. Eggs should be perfectly cooked.

To Make Sure They Don’t Crack

1. Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar for every egg in the pot.

2. Use eggs that have been refrigerated longer. The longer an egg has been in the refrigerator, the more its contents have shrunk. This means it is less likely to crack when cooking.

3. Make sure to bring the refrigerated eggs to room temperature before cooking, though, because cold eggs cooking in hot water will just increase the chance of cracks.

To create a more unique-looking Easter egg, click here to check out tips for elaborately decorated pysanky eggs.

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