Easter is the springtime holiday marking the rebirth of Jesus and the renewal of the Christian faith. It is a blessed time for the faithful to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of the Savior and a magical time for children to enjoy chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jellybean-filled Easter Eggs.
1. How to Make Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs
Why buy another box of artificial dyes when Mother Nature’s own colorful palate is right there in the produce aisle? This year, start a new family tradition: decorating Easter eggs with fruit and vegetable dyes you and your kids create together. Here’s how:
1. Plan your color palate.
You’d be amazed how many fruits and veggies can be used to create dyes. To keep things simple, decide on 3-5 different colors and shop accordingly. For the most vibrant colors, go with…
Frozen blueberries = blue
Red cabbage = blue/purple
Grape juice = purple
Beets, frozen berries, or cranberry juice= red
Turmeric (spice) = yellow
Spinach = green
Orange juice = orange
Tea or coffee grounds = brown
2. Boil the eggs.
Everyone has their favorite tried-and-true method of hard boiling eggs. Use yours, or try this one: Put your eggs in a pot and cover them with 1-2 inches of cold water and a dash of salt. Bring the water to a boil. Once the water has boiled, turn off the burner and let the eggs sit in the hot water on the stove for 10-15 minutes. Remove the eggs from the pot, place them in a bowl and let them cool before dying
3. Boil down the dyes.
Most natural dye ingredients need to be boiled to produce the desired intensity of color. Fill a saucepan with approximately two cups of fruit, vegetables, or spices and cover with water. Once the mixture has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer until you’re satisfied with the color. Pour the dye through a strainer into a bowl and stir in a few teaspoons of white vinegar. Repeat the process for each of your desired colors. (Note: Fruit juices do not need to be boiled.)
4. Dye the eggs.
Using your fingers or tongs, dip the eggs into the various colored dyes to create solids, stripes or patterns. Use eco-friendly soy crayons for decorating. (Note: You may need to leave the eggs in the natural dye longer than you would if using a store-bought petroleum based dye.)
Ever wondered about the Easter chocolate eggs?
Easter chocolate Eggs can be made from 1) milk chocolate 2) dark chocolate 3) white Chocolate. Apart from the different patterns and designs that can be sported by these eggs, they can also be a “gift-wrap” of a variety of goodies, such as chocolates, truffles, liqueur cream, chocolate fudge, liqueur marzipan etc. There are others, which come in specially designed boxes, ideal to gift someone on Easter day celebrations.
You can even go online shopping to make a pick of your favorite Easter chocolate Egg.
2) How to make Easter chocolate Eggs at home? – A few tips
• Get your Easter egg mould ready. The mold will be available at any craft shop. Brush the insides of the mould with some vegetable oil, so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to it.
• Spoon the melted chocolate into the greased mould level it up depending upon the size you want for your Easter chocolate Egg.
• Take the sides of the mold and close it to join; secure the edges of the mold with clips.
• Shake the mold nicely so that the chocolate doesn’t settle down on one side alone and, let it stand for five minutes or so.
• Now, place the mold in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so till the chocolate solidifies.
• Take out the mold and press the top and bottom side gently so as to release the egg.
• Your Easter chocolate Egg is now ready to be made up.
3) Decoration tips for your home-made Easter chocolate Eggs
You can use simple to intricate icing techniques to decorate your Easter chocolate Eggs and freeze the preparation for some time. Glitters, laces and other decorative fillings can also be used for the purpose. You could even try making your own carving when the chocolate mold is half-set, with food-coloring or sprays.
There are ideas galore when it comes to Easter chocolate Eggs, budding with life, from the yolk of the rich tradition which actually gave birth to it!
How to make natural egg dyes:
- Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
- You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.
- Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.
- Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.
- Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.
- When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
- For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
- Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.