Tie dye Easter eggs

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Shortly after we moved to our country home we started raising our own chickens. As soon as the chickens started laying, I have been on a hunt for new, fun recipes of everything ‘egg’ related!! Anything from fancy omelettes, poached eggs, deviled eggs in salads, eggs in soups, eggs in meatloaf (mom loves that one), and egg muffins, to delicious cakes, pies, and oh.my.goodness crépes (I have been told I make finger.liking.good crépes)!!

I still cannot believe we eat so many eggs. On a good week between Mitchell and I, and baking and cooking, we probably go through 3 dz eggs… easily!

 

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For a few years now, around Easter, different ways to color eggs are mentioned on Pinterest, Facebook pages, blogs etc.

You might or might not be familiar with using silk ties (or scarves) to dye eggs for Easter. I got inspired by it and for the past couple years I’ve been making it a tradition to do this at our house. Last year mom was here and she was so surprised with the results.

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Directions: 

Pick up a few SILK ties and/or scarves from the thrift store. Absolutely it has to say 100% silk, else you’re wasting your time. And look for the really ugly looking kind – dark colors, weird designs – those make the best imprints on the eggs! And count for 2-3 eggs per tie and about 4-6 per scarf. For the scarves, it depends how big you find them. But I noticed the real silk ones are made smaller and they would sell for more money regularly. Also, from the thrift store, pick up a sturdy, cotton pillow case.

Pick the perfect eggs from the bunch, rinse, wipe and set aside. White eggs work best.

Fun fact: eggs are created to have a protective layer on them (a bloom) which keeps bacteria from entering the egg through its pores. When the bloom is present, the egg feels a bit slippery, and looks shinier. Store bought eggs go through so much washing, there is no trace of bloom left. The bloom also keeps all the pores sealed (and somewhat moisturized) when it’s time to incubate the egg. and 21 days later you get fluffy butts! 

Have twine and a pair of scissors handy. Also get a big pot to use for boiling the eggs.

Cut the ties and scarves into pieces. The pieces need to be big enough to cover the egg and some. We will tie the pieces at the end. Do the same with the pillow case.

Now, take the egg, place it standing up in the middle of the silk piece, wrap the silk around it, and tie it loosely. Wrap it in pillow case piece, following the same directions.

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When all eggs are done, place them neatly in the pot. The pot needs to be big enough to contain the eggs and the water during boiling period, without spilling over. Add enough water to cover the eggs and set the stove on medium heat. Use a lid over the pot to accelerate boiling point and wait.

A watched pot never boils.

When the water eventually starts to boil, turn the heat a little bit down, and set the timer for 18-20 minutes. Keep a watch on the pot from time to time so it doesn’t boil over.

When the time is up, carefully remove the pot from the stove and drain. Add really cold water to it, wait a few moments and drain again. Add more cold water and leave it aside for about 15 minutes.

Patience is a virtue.

Slowly remove one egg at the time from the pot and uncover the surprises. It’s like opening Kinder eggs all over again 🙂

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Wipe the eggs with a dry towel and you’re done!

I have seen instructions that call for vinegar to be added to the water – I didn’t find it to be necessary.

Fun fact: when cooking something stinky (like lamb or curry dishes), have a separate pot on the stove, add water and about a cup of vinegar. Let the water boil for the duration of your cooking – add more water and vinegar if needed. During the evaporation, the vinegar will take over and clean the air of any smells. I cook lots of curry dishes and it works for me every time! You can also add water and vinegar in a little bowl, pop in the microwave for a minute and a half, then enjoy wiping the inside of the microwave hassle free 😉

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Heather at Mommypotamus uses a different method to dye the eggs. My mom also mentioned she used to use onion skins and beets to dye eggs, before the powder-dyes became available. I am definately considering the idea for May, when the Orthodox Easter comes around. Always good to try new things 😉

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ingredients

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HAPPY EASTER!

 

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10 Thoughts on “Tie dye Easter eggs

  1. These are so beautiful! Thanks for dropping by my cabbage patch for a visit. I’m looking forward to following your blog and getting to know you. 😊🌷

    • Thank you so much and also thank you for stopping by! I am going through your “life” over there and I have to say I am so looking forward to your April Challenge! 🙂

  2. And duh. Of course I am going to pick you.

  3. These are beyond beautiful!!!! Will share on Facebook 🙂 I love that you and Buffaloschnitzel are hanging 🙂

  4. Those look so awesome!! I really want to do this! Your fun facts were great. And, I had to smile at the number of eggs you said you go through in a week. That is one bucket load of eggs! Wow! They are so good for you, though. 🙂 That’s awesome that you have chickens…only once in my life have I had eggs for breakfast that came straight from a ‘home chicken’ that morning. What an awesome taste. Anyway, good tips! I likey.

    • CaledonAcres on March 27, 2016 at 2:19 pm said:

      Good luck when you try it, you’ll love the experience! Chickens are awesome indeed and very entertaining to watch. I could sit and watch them for hours and I wouldn’t get bored.

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