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Get ready for Easter!

 

Get ready for Easter!

Enjoy coloring your Easter eggs this year with our great new tips, and try our new Easter recipes!

Almost any natural ingredient that has a color that will release in hot water, will work perfectly for coloring eggs.

One method of dyeing eggs is boiling the eggs with the dye ingredients, which results in deep, uniform colors (for darker shades, soak eggs in the dye and refrigerate – maybe overnight – until you get the color you desire. Usually, the longer the egg soaks the darker the color will be).

Another method is ‘cold-dipping,’ where the eggs and the dye ingredients are boiled separately, and the eggs are then dipped into the dye. This produces good shades, but can result in an uneven color unless the eggs are frequently rotated while in the dye.

In both cases, you will need to wash the eggs in mild soapy water before boiling to remove the oily coating so that the color adheres more evenly. Also, when boiling the eggs, add two tablespoons of white vinegar to the water (approximately one liter) to fix the dye and keep the eggs from cracking (if more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar).

Never eat eggs that sit in hot water for more than two hours (not including cooking time), or that have been left out of the refrigerator overnight. Save those eggs for decoration only. As for our decorating ideas below, they are all safe!

 

Natural Dye Ingredients

Whether you want to try the boiling method or you want to prepare your dyes for cold-dipping, choose the colors you like the most and let the fun begin! Remember that for a liter of water, you can generally add up to 4 cups of a fruit or vegetable or 1/4 cup of a ground herb, and bring to boil. Simmer for 20 minutes to 3 hours, until you achieve the desired color (the more of a vegetable or fruit you use and the longer you boil for, the darker the final color). Use an enamel or Teflon-coated pot for dyeing because metals such as tin and aluminum will change the color of the dye.

Orange to reddish brown: Onion skins – the dry outer layers.

Smoky green: Carrot tops.

Light yellow: Orange or lemon peels.

Pink to reddish purple: Chopped beets.

Pale to royal blue: Chopped or shredded red cabbage. Soak overnight for a deep royal blue.

Pale green: Add ¼ teaspoon baking soda to red cabbage (blue) dye, or try spinach leaves.

Yellow to orange: Turmeric (kurkum).

Light mahogany: Cinnamon powder (erfa).

Light orange: Paprika.

Burgundy: Black tea.

For a bright shine, rub your eggs lightly with a soft cloth dipped in vegetable oil!

 

Top 5 Decorating Ideas

Boil your eggs, roll up your sleeves and get ready for some ‘cold-dipping’ fun!

 

Simple crayon eggs

Use a white crayon, or any color you want, to draw a design on the egg (dots, lines, swirls), before placing the egg in the dye. The wax will resist the dye, and your design will appear after the egg is dyed.

 

Sticker eggs

Put stickers on the egg before dyeing it. You can also cut a variety of shapes from paper tape such as circles, squares, diamonds, stars, hearts or moons. Another idea is to buy alphabet stickers and spell out each guest’s name on an egg. Dip the egg into the dye. When the egg has achieved the desired color, allow it to dry, and then remove the stickers or tape. The parts of the egg that were covered, will remain white. For a sparkly look, brush the shapes or letters with a little glue and sprinkle them with glitter.

 

Batik eggs

This is the same process as sticker eggs, but you repeat the process by sticking new cut-outs and re-dipping the egg into a different color of dye every time. Before you re-dip the egg each time, make sure that the dye is dry.You can overlap some of the colors for variety. Be sure to start with the lightest dye and work your way to the darker ones. If you want to keep an area a certain color, cover it with paper tape.

 

Tie-Dyed eggs

Wrap rubber bands, one at a time, around the egg. Make sure to leave some of the egg shell exposed so it can be dyed. Once the egg is dyed to the color you like, remove it from the water and allow it dry completely. Then pull the rubber bands off to reveal your design. You can then drop the egg into a different color dye if desired.

 

Abstract eggs
Hold one egg in your hand and drip glue onto its surface. You can make a particular pattern, or you can let the glue drip freely for an abstract look. Place the egg on a stand (an egg carton will work), to allow the glue to dry. Place the egg in your prepared natural dye. Once the egg has become dyed to your liking, remove it from the water and rub the glue off. The glue will peel off easily, leaving your design shining through.
Egg Safety Tips

Eggs spoil easily so they must be properly stored, prepared, and cooked. Raw eggs contain a risk of Salmonella, bacteria that can’t be seen, touched or tasted but can cause an intestinal infection. Follow these safety measures when handling both raw and cooked eggs.

1. Buy refrigerated eggs (if available) with clean, uncracked shells. Dangerous bacteria may enter a cracked egg.

2. If eggs crack on the way home from the store, break them into a clean container, cover it tightly, and keep refrigerated for use within 2 days.

3. Keep eggs in their original carton and refrigerate as soon as possible in the coldest part of the refrigerator and not in the door.

4. Keep eggs away from foods with strong odors such as fish.

5. Use raw eggs within 3 – 5 weeks after buying them. Use hard-boiled eggs within 1 week after cooking.

6. If eggs won’t be colored right away, store them in the refrigerator. Be sure to wash them once you are ready to use them.

7. For best results with hard-boiled eggs, buy eggs one week in advance and refrigerate them. Eggs may be “too fresh” to peel easily.

8. Cook eggs thoroughly by boiling for 10 – 15 minutes, until both the yolk and the white are firm. This is especially important for pregnant women and other people at risk for food-borne illnesses.

9. Wash hands thoroughly before handling eggs during every stage in the process (cooking, cooling, and dyeing).

10. Wash utensils, equipment, and wash areas with hot, soapy water before and after they come in contact with eggs.

11. Do not color cracked eggs.

12. Store colored eggs in a clean container in the refrigerator until serving time.

 

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