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Rita's tips on coloring Easter eggs naturally

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Easter's coming soon, and there will be a lot of eggs boiled and colored. 

Tips on boiling eggs

I just cover them with cold water, bring them to a nice boil, put the lid on, turn the fire off and let them sit about 15 minutes. They turn out perfectly cooked. To remove the shell, I immediately pour the whole pan of eggs into the sink, drain and add cold water. I peel them under the water and that works well.

Good nutrients in eggs

Along with a huge amount of protein in the whites, the whole egg has antioxidants,  vitamins, calcium, iron, phosphorus for your bones, zinc - that helps wounds and infection  They even contain some iodine which is good for the thyroid.

What about the color of eggs - are brown more nutritious?

No, the breed of the hen determines the color of the egg.

 

NATURALLY COLORED EASTER EGGS

Now there's no real "recipe", but here's how I do it, the same way my Mom, Mary Nader, and her Mom did it.

In a saucepan, place as many papery outer skins of yellow and/or red onions that you have. Cover with an inch of water.  Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook until onion skins have colored the water, about 10 minutes.

Use this same method for red cabbage (just chunk it up and barely cover with water), beets, spinach, etc.  Even coffee grounds can be used. Now if you use canned beets, the dye is ready to go except for adding vinegar. Just strain the juice out and go from there. 

 Basically, you strain the dye and for every cup of liquid, stir in 1 tablespoon or so clear vinegar.    This sets the dye. Don't worry about adding too much vinegar - a little more won't hurt.

To make turmeric colored eggs, place two tablespoons of turmeric in 1-1/2 cups water.  Stir and place in pan.  Cook until it starts to boil.  Remove, let cool but don't strain.  Add a teaspoon or so of vinegar.  Place eggs in dye, stirring to coat.  When you remove the eggs, gently wipe off the turmeric with a soft cloth or run them very quickly under running water.

Now put your boiled eggs in.  Depending upon how long they sit in the dye (and know that it takes a lot longer than commercial colors), the eggs made with yellow onion skins will be pale yellow to dark amber.  Red onion skins produce eggs that are brick/brown red.  Red cabbage is the winner: it makes beautiful teal blue eggs!  Turmeric makes the eggs more brilliantly yellow than the marigolds my dad used to plant in our tiny front lawn.  If you want, you can put the eggs in the dye overnight in the frig.

Marbled eggs

I love these!

Fill cup with 1 Tablespoon each of white vinegar, canola oil and dye of choice

Fill cup with warm water (enough to cover egg)

Stir and quickly drop egg into water, then quickly remove

Dry egg with paper towel

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