Coloring Easter eggs is a wonderful tradition that I have grown up with and I look forward to this time every year.
This year I wanted to try some new and unusual ways of dying eggs which I will be sharing with you over the next few weeks.
Today I am sharing my first egg dying tips using a head of red cabbage, yep you read that right…
It is hard to believe that you can get these beautiful blue eggs out of a simple head of cabbage, crazy isn’t it! The liquid is purple, but something very scientific must happen as you get these beautiful robins egg blue eggs.
Well, I am here to tell you all how to do this…… It is so simple.
There are several other vegetables you can use to dye Easter eggs as well, such as beets, blueberries, onions skins, and a few more. Here are some great suggestions to try.
Soak four cups of chopped beets in 1-quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar for 30 minutes. Strain, then allow eggs to sit in this liquid for 30 minutes or more, depending on how deep you want the color to be.
Add 4 cups of yellow onion skins to 1-quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and allow eggs to sit in liquid for 30 minutes. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.
Add 3 tablespoons of turmeric to the boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes, let cool, and soak eggs in the mixture until they reach the desired shade. (FYI, since turmeric is notorious for staining your skin, you’ll want to wear rubber gloves when handling yellow eggs.)
Add 4 cups of blueberries to the mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and let eggs sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more for deeper tones. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and let eggs sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more for deeper tones.
I hope you take some time to enjoy egg dying with your family, it really is a fun thing to do with the kiddos.
I also wanted to share some info regarding the history of the Easter egg, so please enjoy this information I found from learnreligions.com.
The ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, thus the egg as a symbol of new life has been around for eons. The particulars may vary, but most cultures around the world use the egg as a symbol of new life and rebirth.
Since Easter is in the spring, the holiday is also a celebration of this annual time of renewal when the earth re-establishes itself after a long, cold winter. The word Easter comes to us from the Norsemen’s Eostur, Eastar, Ostara, and Ostar, and the pagan goddess Eostre, all of which involve the season of the growing sun and new birth. The egg has become synonymous with Spring’s arrival.
From a Christian perspective, the egg represents the resurrection of Jesus. The first book to mention Easter eggs by name was written 500 years ago. Yet, a North African tribe that had become Christian much earlier had a custom of coloring eggs at Easter. Long hard winters often meant little food, and a fresh egg for Easter was quite a prize. A notation in the household accounts of Edward I of England showed an expenditure of eighteen pence for 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and colored for Easter gifts.
Another reason eggs became a symbol of Easter is that early on, Christians abstained from not only eating meat but also eliminated eggs during the Lenten season before Easter. Therefore, Easter was the first chance to enjoy eggs and meat after the long abstinence.
The practice of painting eggs goes back to ancient times when decorated shells were part of the rituals of spring. Instead of chicken eggs, however, ostrich eggs were used. The first Christians to adopt this tradition were from Mesopotamia, and they colored their eggs red, in memory of the blood of Christ. Methods include using onion skins and placing flowers or leaves onto the shells before dyeing to create patterns. Eastern European countries use wax-resistant batik to create designs by writing with beeswax. Today, food coloring is most common.
There are several traditional Easter egg games, such as the egg hunt and
In Europe, they play a game called Pace-egging, where children go from house to house begging for eggs.
As a child, we always played an egg game at Easter Dinner.
One person would hold the egg in their hand wrapped very tightly with as little of the top of the egg showing.
The other person does the same and then tries to smash your egg, only one end will break, either yours or your opponents.
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