First step to getting hard boiled eggs without cracks, I laid each egg gently in the water-filled pot and turned the heat up high. Once the water started to boil, I turned down the heat - enough, so to keep the water boiling for a good 5 minutes. Afterward, I removed the eggs from the water and laid them on a soft towel to cool off and dry.
Setting up my "RED" dye concoction, I used warm water, one tablespoon of vinegar, and several drops of red food dye. After submerging the eggs for 5 minutes, I noticed, the color was a "Light PINK". Being hopeful I figured it would eventually turn into this magnificent "RED" by waiting for another 10 minutes. Instead, I now have "HOT PINK" eggs!
Okay, so if pure "RED" food dye is really "MAGENTA - HOT PINK", maybe, I can salvage these eggs by adding several drops of "YELLOW" dye? After 15 minutes of starting over, voila, I now have deep "ORANGE" eggs.
Continuing to create these "non-Red" eggs into the wee hours, I called the sisters in the morning, and learned that to get a true "RED" colored egg, I should have used "BROWN" instead of "WHITE" eggs. Arghhh... at least, I know I can dye vivid Pink and Orange Easter eggs