How to drain small eggs without cracking the shell

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How to drain small eggs without cracking the shell
Hollowed out Easter eggs make lasting works of art. (Getty Thinkstock)

Decorating eggs for Easter is a timeless tradition for many families, and parents often lament not being able to keep the creative eggs their children have designed. Easter eggs are typically hard-boiled, then dyed or painted. Unfortunately cooked eggs don't last very long and even if your child has created a rather impressive work of art on the egg, you can't keep a boiled egg for more than a week. However, draining the egg whites and yolk inside of the egg while keeping the shell intact allows you to keep the eggs indefinitely, displaying them year after year.

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Things you need

  • Eggs
  • Pin
  • Bowl

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  1. 1

    Take eggs out of the refrigerator and leave them sitting out for at least 30 minutes to come to room temperature.

  2. 2

    Carefully puncture both ends of each egg with a large safety pin or sewing needle making a tiny hole in each end.

  3. 3

    Make one of the holes slightly larger by wiggling the pin around in the hole.

  4. 4

    Puncture the egg yolk with the pin through the hole.

  5. 5

    Hold the egg over a bowl and carefully place your mouth over the smaller hole.

  6. 6

    Blow hard into the egg so that the egg whites and yolk comes out into the bowl through the larger hole on the other end.

  7. 7

    Place the eggs you have blown out in a bowl of water to rinse out the inside, and then drain in the egg carton.

  8. 8

    Dry thoroughly and paint or decorate the egg shell as you wish.

Tips and warnings

  • When blowing into the egg, be careful not to squeeze your lips on the egg to hard or you will break it.

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