Dye your eggs traditionally

26 May 2014

Let’s Dye our Easter Eggs in the good old traditional way this year!

How did they manage to dye eggs in beautiful colors when there was no dies back then? The answer is simple; indeed by using natural dyes from herbs, vegetables and spices.

So here it goes. If you want red eggs, you should use beetroot (broth 4-5 cups of boiled beets enough to paint 10 eggs) and poppy petals.

If you prefer the brick color Easter eggs, you'll need onions skins.

If your favorite egg color is yellow, then you will need to boil turmeric spice (about 5 tablespoons for 10 eggs).

Finally, for green Easter egg color you will need both nettle leaf and almond.

Now let’s move on to the coloring process. First boil the plant material of your liking and strain. The longer you boil the raw material, the more intense the coloring will be. Add enough water to cover the eggs along with 2 tbsp. of vinegar and salt in the casserole.

For the so-called "hot paint" cooking you should not exceed 30” over slow fire.

If you choose to go for the "cold paint" coloring process then first boil and strain the plants apart and then boil your eggs in the casserole. Broth and allow eggs to cool down to room temperature; then immerse eggs in color for 1 hour.

Please try to use a stainless steel casserole, which will wash immediately after coloring or a dish that you will use every year. Avoid enamelware, since they do not clean easily.

To polish your Easter eggs wait till they have dried completely; moisten them with a paper towel and olive oil. Well done!

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