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Dyeing Easter Eggs ©

May 2, 2013

‘Easter Eggs’ are special eggs given to celebrate Easter. They were traditionally chicken’s eggs, but in more modern times, chocolate eggs have also been introduced.

Eggs in general are a symbol of fertility and rebirth.

The dyeing of Easter eggs is an ancient tradition and in the Orthodox Church they are painted red, representing the blood of Christ, shed at his Crucifixion. The giving of Eggs on Easter day symbolizes the rebirth of Christ and marks the end of Lent, during which period no meat nor dairy produce is eaten for 40 days.

The dyeing of the Easter Eggs in our family, has now been taken over by my dear daughter and she enjoys using several colors, making up a lovely bowl of eggs.

Another very pretty way to dye eggs is to use natural vegetable dyes, Onion or Turmeric for yellow, beetroot juice for red, spinach for green and  red cabbage for blue! The colors come out much paler, but they look very nice too. The link below explains.

Especially for H. J. and I.

This was a request from Mette, Kali Epitihia!

Happy Easter to you all !

Kαλή Αναστάση kai Καλό Πάσχα !

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As many eggs as you wish to dye.

Special ‘cold dyes.’ Anatoli or Metaxa

3 tbs Vinegar

1.5 liters cold water for 30 eggs per sachet

Olive oil for rubbing over the dyed eggs

Instructions for Dyeing Your Easter Eggs :

Every one has their own special method of dyeing Easter Eggs  and this method works very well.

1. Wash eggs thoroughly, using soft brush. Use eggs at room temperature, this is important so that they do not crack when boiling. Boil gently,  until ‘hard boiled.’  8-10 minutes.

2. Pour off water carefully and leave under cold running tap for two minutes. This prevents the sulfur ring forming around the egg yolk.

3. Measure out “Cold” water as per instructions on packet and add vinegar.

4. Pour dye into small glass and add a half ladle full of the prepared water. Mix very well with a teaspoon, especially the blue dye.

5. Pour the above dye, into the prepared water and mix well.

6. Using a slotted spoon, lower eggs into dye gently and leave until desired color is acquired.  This is usually about five minutes.( Be careful not to knock the eggs with the spoon.) The Yellow and Blue Dyes sometimes need longer.

7. Lift out onto a plate covered with kitchen paper.

8. Once  the eggs have dried thoroughly,( I leave mine for 1/2 hr.) gently rub over with olive oil, using a piece of cotton wool. Wipe off any excess oil with kitchen paper. ( I never use the special oil provided in the packet, it is sticky and not as good!)

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“Cold water egg dyes.” With these dyes you must boil the eggs first (as apposed to boiling the eggs together with the dye.)

Anatoli and Metaxa are  the usual makes of dye on the market in Greece.

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Having removed eggs from the refrigerator at least an hour beforehand,( this is important! )wash eggs well using a soft brush.

Boil the eggs for 8-10 minutes on a gentle boil, so that the eggs don’t crack. Turn the eggs during cooking time, using two

small tea-spoons, so that the yolks settle in the center of the whites.

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Once cooking time is finished, place under cold running water for 2-3 minutes. This stops the sulfur ring forming round the yolk.

Now follow instructions on reverse of packet.

The ‘Anatoli’ brand says, measure out 1.5 liters of water into glass bowl, add 3 tbs vinegar, pour dye into glass, mix with a little of the water and vinegar in your glass bowl, stir thoroughly, especially the blue dye, which dissolves with more difficulty and add dye to glass bowl. See pictures below.

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Repeat the process with different colors. Save the red dye to mix with other colors to produce orange,( a dash of red in

your yellow dye,) a dash of blue in your red dye to produce purple and so on.

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The traditional red Easter Egg.

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Leave to dry on kitchen paper for about half an hour.

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……the beautiful blue eggs!
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….and the Orange.
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Final result!    Happy Easter!
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Electra G. permalink
    May 2, 2013 12:07 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been living in Greece for so long and seen my mother dying the eggs lots of times, but regardless I have never learned to do so myself! And it is as easy as it sounds to do!!


    • May 2, 2013 7:51 pm

      With the cold dyes that they have now a days, it is much easier.
      Thank you very much for your comment and I am so glad the instructions are helpful.
      Happy Easter!


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