Every Easter, when I was a child, we would go to Oma and Opa’s house for an egg hunt in their backyard. I know that this isn’t very different to many other cultures, only the eggs were not chocolate, they were hard-boiled and dyed many different colours.
My mother also dyed many Easter eggs for us (and to give away) and she would dry the dyed eggs on a white cloth. This, now multi-coloured cloth, would always be strategically placed somewhere in the garden. Before breakfast, when hunting for our egg, someone would also find this cloth and prove to us children that the Easter bunny had been in our garden…
At the end of Easter Sunday, after visiting the many relations and hunting for many eggs, we would head home with over 2 dozen hard-boiled eggs. This did mean that we would be having curried egg sandwiches, salads with eggs and hard-boiled eggs for breakfast for a while.
Before eating one, we always played the “strongest-egg” game, whereby one person would hold the egg tightly in their hand while the other would hit it with their egg. Whoever’s egg broke was the loser.
These eggs mean Easter to me and they’re very easy to create. I’m looking forward to creating all the above scenarios for my children.
- Food dye (not natural food dye, as this doesn’t work very well) I usually buy red, blue and yellow and then mix these to also have purple, green and orange.
When buying the eggs, try to get the whitest eggs you can. Once a year you’ll find me switching eggs around in the supermarket (of the same brand!) so I can get one egg carton filled with the whitest eggs available.
I often prepare a couple more eggs than I need, as sometimes a few will crack and these are no good.
Place all the eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring the water to the boil, and then boil for 10 minutes.
Pour out the hot water and allow the eggs cool completely.
In as many cups as you have colours, half fill each with cold water and then add 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup.
Then add around 20 drops or half a teaspoon of dye per cup.
Using a tablespoon, lower an egg into a cup and leave for a few minutes. You can check the eggs regularly to make sure that it’s getting the right depth of colour.
Place these eggs on a paper towel (or white cloth – see introduction!) to dry. You can add little stickers to the eggs for decoration if you please, once they are completely dry. Store they dyed Easter eggs in an egg carton in the refrigerator.