Easter Eggs. A Dying Tradition

 

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I had this post all planned out with pictures and the “whole nine yards” about dying Easter eggs naturally with things already in the kitchen. But with a quick look at Pinterest and Facebook I’m not going to waste too much time on the matter. If you want in-depth “how to” instructions they are a dime a dozen right now.  So here’s the short version on Easter eggs at my house and a little history lesson too.

WildFlowerFarm.orgI love to dye brown eggs the best. Most grocery stores do carry brown eggs if you can’ t find a local farmer with eggs to sell. Brown eggs are pretty not dyed, but the colors they turn when the are dyed have more depth and are just plain prettier I think.

For dye I use what we have in the kitchen already. I see no need to buy little packets of dye when I can make them at home. I use, turmeric, beet juice, red cabbage, coffee, chili powder, paprika, wild grape juice (if I remember to freeze a little juice in the fall) or red wine. We do sometime purchase some natural egg dyes if I’m feeling less creative when it’s time to dye the eggs.
This alone makes for a lovely looking dyed egg, but pealed it’s still a hard-boiled egg. For how many pickled eggs we go through this really isn’t too much of a problem. It’s
kinda fun to add a little extra flavor to the eggs too.  

Wildflowerfarm.orgHard boil the eggs as normal. Older eggs peal much better than fresh eggs.Crack the shells but leave them on the egg. Drop the egg into to dyed water (using spice dyes) and let them sit for a few hours. Then remove the shells and you get this!  

The flavor doesn’t get super strong but it’s enough to jazz up the usual hard-boiled egg. I don’t get too crazy with this one. I like to do red wine, chili powder, turmeric, and beet juice (not all in one).  

 WildFlowerFarm.orgEaster is a religious holiday pretty much as old as the church. The Easter egg tradition most likely has pagan roots being a symbol of new life in the spring. Never the less it is very much a part of the holiday today. Many Christians view the egg as a symbol of new life, being saved from our sins and/or a resemblance of Jesus’s resurrection from the tomb.  

Eggs were at one point something that was not allowed to be eaten during the Lenten season. I would surmise that that would be the reason eggs were dyed, painted and decorated in celebration of the end of the fasting portion of the Easter season. The earliest records of such events are around the 1300’s. 

I have yet to find a viable reason for Easter egg hunts and traditions of the sort. I did read the Easter egg roll, done on the White House lawn, is viewed by some as the stone being rolled away from the tomb. That’s a bit of a stretch as far as I’m concerned but to each their own. This first egg roll was held in 1878 under the supervision of President Rutherford Hayes. Eggs continue to roll Easter Monday as far as I know.   

 

Picture on Top egg carton is Brown Eggs, Picture on Bottom egg carton is the same dye on White Eggs.

 

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