Pretty Easter Eggs… amongst other things…

23 Mar

Found this recipe on the weekend and I think I wanna try this one out.  It’s been a while since I painted Easter Eggs…  Actually, come to think of it… the last remotely Easter-ish thing I made that I can think of is that giant papier-mâché egg back in fourth grade.  I don’t know where I’m gonna get the leaves though since it started snowing again today, after quite a few days of bright warm +10°C sunny spring weather.  Hmm… I suspect I may be coming down with something; my head’s been pounding incessantly for 2 days now :s

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Blue Eggs

These eggs are dyed blue using purple cabbage, which takes a little longer than onions skins.


Ingredients:
One medium head of purple cabbage, sliced
Large white eggs
Four tablespoons white vinegar and/or two teaspoons cream of tartar
Hose (I used knee-highs, which were $1 for three pair)
Assorted leaves, flowers, and stickers
Scissors
Four to five quart pan
Bowl
Colander/strainer
Slotted spoon
Rack placed over paper bags
Oil
Paper towel
Directions
1. First, washed all of the eggs with soap (optional) to make sure they were free of oil or grease.
2. Place an egg in the pan and fill it with enough water to cover the top of the egg by at least an inch. Remove the egg.
3. Add the cabbage and bring to a boil. Boil for 30 minutes partially covered to minimize evaporation, stirring occasionally. The water should be a deep purple.
4. Allow water to cool slightly, and then strain contents over a bowl, pressing pulp to remove any remaining liquid.
5. Rinse pan, pour in dye water, cover, and return to low heat to keep warm while preparing eggs.
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6. Cut off the bottom 4 to 5 inches of each knee-high.
7. One at a time, place leaves, flowers, and stickers on the egg as desired. Some of the plant materials will stick better if you dip them in water first.
8. Place the toe of the knee-high on the top of your fingers and turn it inside out so that it covers your hand. Place the egg in your hand, and gently turn the hose right side out to cover the egg. Make sure your design is how you want it, and then pull the hose securely and tie into a knot on the back. Repeat with remaining eggs.
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9. Return dye to a gentle boil and stir in vinegar and/or cream of tartar.
10. Gently lower the eggs in the pan and boil for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, cover, and let stand for about 3 hours, or until desired color is obtained.
11. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place on rack to cool slightly.
12. Carefully cut hose and unwrap eggs. Discard any remaining plant materials or stickers.
13. Dampen a paper towel lightly with oil and buff eggs until shiny. Remove excess oil with clean paper towel.
14. Place eggs in your Easter basket!

NOTE: Supposedly, alum (available with pickling supplies) works better than vinegar or cream of tartar with purple cabbage, and it might actually cut down the extended dying time quite a bit.

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Red/Rust Eggs

These eggs are dyed red/rust using yellow onion skins.

Ingredients:
Large white eggs
Two tablespoons white vinegar and/or one teaspoon cream of tartar
Hose (I used knee-highs, which were $1 for three pair)
Assorted leaves, flowers, and stickers
Scissors
Four to five quart pan
Bowl
Colander/strainer
Slotted spoon
Rack placed over paper bags
Oil
Paper towel
Yellow onion skins (I filled a produce bag at the grocery store by digging at the bottom of the onion bin. I would say I collected almost enough skins to fill a one-gallon plastic jug)

Directions:
1. First, washed all of the eggs with soap (optional) to make sure they were free of oil or grease.
2. Place an egg in the pan and fill it with enough water to cover the top of the egg by at least an inch. Remove the egg.
3. Add the onion skins, press down, and bring to a boil. Boil for 30 minutes partially covered to minimize evaporation, stirring occasionally. The water should be a deep rusty orange.
4. Allow water to cool slightly, and then strain contents over a bowl, pressing skins to remove any remaining liquid.
5. Rinse pan, pour in dye water, cover, and return to low heat to keep warm while preparing eggs.
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6. Cut off the bottom 4 to 5 inches of each knee-high.
7. One at a time, place leaves, flowers, and stickers on the egg as desired. Some of the plant materials will stick better if you dip them in water first.
8. Place the toe of the knee-high on the top of your fingers and turn it inside out so that it covers your hand. Place the egg in your hand, and gently turn the hose right side out to cover the egg. Make sure your design is how you want it, and then pull the hose securely and tie into a knot on the back. Repeat with remaining eggs.
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9. Return dye to a gentle boil and stir in vinegar and/or cream of tartar.
10. Gently lower the eggs in the pan and boil for 20-30 minutes. Check the color of the eggs at 20 minutes. If not dark enough, boil until desired color is obtained (I boiled mine for 20 minutes).
11. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place on rack to cool slightly.
12. Carefully cut hose and unwrap eggs. Discard any remaining plant materials or stickers.
13. Dampen a paper towel lightly with oil and buff eggs until shiny. Remove excess oil with clean paper towel.
14. Place eggs in your Easter basket!

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One Response to “Pretty Easter Eggs… amongst other things…”

  1. Anjanette 04/05/2010 at 8:20 am #

    Hello there, Happy Easter!!!

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