But I do want to share a very beautiful technique using plants to decorate your eggs and also point you to some posts about making your own gorgeous, natural dyes instead of those nasty Paas tablets. And, of course, give you some good recipes to put all those hardboiled eggs to use!
According to my friend, Mara, who made the eggs pictured below, this is a traditional Swiss method. It sounds pretty easy, too.
- Pick whatever plants/leaves you want to use
- Wet them slightly so that they stick to the eggs
- Hold them in place while you wrap a 5" piece of cheesecloth or pantyhose around the egg and tie the ends with string.
- Boil the eggs for 10 min in water that has been pre-boiled with onion skins for at least an hour (leave the onion skins in with the eggs).
There are also all sorts of great natural dyes out there - from turmeric to red cabbage to carrots to beets to blueberries to coffee and more.
Here are some links to get you started (they all seem to say more or less the same things):
- Martha Stewart's Guide To Dyeing Eggs Naturally
- Brooklyn Supper's Step By Step Guide to Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
- Naturally Dyed Eggs from COOP
We're planning to get all the ingredients prepped for deviled eggs on Easter morning so that we can quickly whip up some brunch after we've finished finding them.
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it. And happy egg eating to everyone.
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