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Fun with Easter Eggs

March 26th, 2018

 

Fun with Easter Eggs:

 

Dye your own eggs

 

It’s Easter time and children, the same as adults, love to eat colourful Easter eggs. If you don’t want to buy artificially coloured eggs from your supermarket, but instead want to dye your own eggs for your family with natural ingredients from your kitchen, here is how you can do it.

 

What to use

 

You can use various roots and vegetables. The only limitation is your imagination. The easiest dyeing ingredient is the skin of onions. You can use both brown and red onions. They can colour the eggs from a dark orange to a dark brown shade, depending on how long you dye the eggs. Another ingredient, you may already have, is beetroot. The result can reach from a dark orange to a bright red. To get yellow eggs, use ground or thinly chopped turmeric. Try different ingredients like red cabbage or other highly colouring foods.

 

Prepare your ingredients

 

Ready to start? Then prepare your ingredients: Peel your onions, chop your beets and thinly chop your turmeric! And don’t forget to clean your eggs thoroughly before you start colouring them.

 

Different techniques

 

  • The most straight forward technique is to boil some water (not too much, but you want to cover your eggs with it), add the dying factor (like the onion skins) into the water and cook the eggs in the pot for 15-30 minutes over medium heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar to the water, so that the colour can stick to the egg.

 

  • For more intense colours, you can also cook your eggs separately and cook the dye in a different pot. Once it has the right colour, you can cool it down, place your eggs into it and keep it in the fridge for 5 to 24 hours.

 

  • Another interesting technique you can use is to crush the egg shells before you put them into the boiling water with the dyeing factor. That way, when you peel the eggs at the end, they have colourful patterns on the inside. As you use just natural ingredients, no harm can come from it.

 

  • People who don’t want uniformly coloured eggs, but more unique ones, can use another technique. Before you put the eggs into the water with the dyeing factor, place a leaf from a tree, a flower, an herb or anything you like onto the egg. Then cut a pair of nylon socks into two and place one half over the egg. Bind it close with a knot. Now, colour the egg the same way as before. When you take it out of the water, you can see the negative shape of the item you placed on top of the egg.

 

Get creative

 

Finally, feel free to draw shapes and patterns onto the eggs. Write funny sentences onto them or just draw faces onto them. Let your creativity flow. If you don’t feel very creative, you can also put stickers onto them.

 

 

We wish you a Happy Easter!

 

Your Avocado Team