Egg printing with food products
According to the press release, it is not necessary to use food coloring or chemical dyes to dye an egg a specific color. Natural materials from nature help in extracting different colors. According to Rimi’s culinary technician L. Barčaitė, eggs can be painted in different shades using different food products.
“Red cabbage dyes eggs in shades of the sea, and blueberries or blueberry jam help you get an even darker blue or black color. Grated beetroot turns marigolds pink, and turmeric turns them yellow. Everyone knows how to dye eggs with onion peels. The type of onion and its shade , red, orange or brown tones can be obtained in this way. True, it is important to mention that when coloring white and brown eggs, the shades may be slightly different. Therefore, if you want to paint Margusia in dark colors, you should use white eggs”, advises L. Barčaitė.
According to him, printing eggs with food products is sustainable and simple: “All you have to do is mix selected natural food products with water (enough water is needed to cover the eggs) and boil this mixture.” Boil water with natural dyes for 10-30 minutes. The longer it boils, the darker the color. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar into the cooled dye to help the dye penetrate the eggshell more easily. Dip the already cooked eggs in the prepared color and hold them. If you want a lighter color, you should keep the eggs for a few hours, and if you want a brighter shade, leave them overnight. Raw eggs can also be added to the boiling mixture of natural dyes. True, although the color of the daisies is richer in this case, the eggs may be overcooked.
The least time-consuming ways to dye eggs
Different foods are a great way to print Easter eggs. However, drinks can also be served at home: tea, coffee, various juices or sweet wine. Egg printing with liquids is perfect for those who do not have much time and cannot devote several hours to coloring eggs, but still want to decorate their festive table with colorful polka dots.
“Various tea herbs can dye Easter eggs. Green tea gives a green color, black tea gives a brown color, and red tea gives a blue color. Eggs dyed with Chinese roses will turn gray. Tea and a few spoons of vinegar (for a brighter color), boil the eggs for about 10 minutes. Another method is to put boiled eggs in boiled tea and leave it overnight,” recommends L. Barčaitė.
Naturally imprinted eggs
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Dyeing eggs with coffee, wine and natural juices is also an easy way to dye eggs naturally. “When poaching eggs with coffee, you boil water, add ground coffee and boil for about 30 minutes, then add the boiled eggs to the infusion and leave overnight or until the eggs get the desired shade. Meanwhile, when dyeing eggs with wine, just put the boiled eggs in a pot and leave them overnight. You If this method is chosen, you should use the sweetest wine possible. Natural berry juice can also stain eggs. Blueberry, blackcurrant and cranberry juice are suitable for coloring eggs, which help to obtain blue and purple colors,” says the culinary technician.
Coloring with herbs and wax
Nowadays, in stores you can find various food and chemical dyes or special stickers for printing eggs. However, in the past, our ancestors printed eggs only with products obtained and collected from nature: various herbs, onion peels or beeswax. When painting eggs with wax or shaving them, care is important, but this way you can create special ornaments and unique holiday decorations.
“The wax technique is one of the oldest methods of dyeing eggs. He needs beeswax and a stick with a needle or pin. First, you need to melt the beeswax and heat it constantly on low heat so that it does not harden. Boiled eggs should be printed with wax, wax ornaments should be created with a needle. After that, the egg should be natural Uncooked eggs can also be dyed with wax, but then the egg needs to be boiled, for example, in a weak onion broth. Another egg printing technique is scraping. First, you boil the egg and paint it with natural dyes of one color. After that, use a sharp tool, needle or knife. Take and carve the desired patterns on the egg. Only the surface of the eggshell is scraped until the white color appears,” suggests L. Barčaitė.
Experts add that eggs can be dyed with various herbs found in nature, which gives unique prints on daisies: “For this dye, you need onion peels, vinegar, herbs and threads or old tights.” String different shapes of herbs on raw eggs or place the egg in a pantyhose and tie the ends. For the ornaments to stay on the egg, the herbs should be pressed well into the egg. Make a decoction with onion peels, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a splash of water and add the prepared eggs to it. Cook for about 10-12 minutes.”
After dyeing the eggs with any of the following natural dyeing methods and after they have cooled, it is recommended to coat the eggs with oil. This makes them more beautiful, shiny and the colors are more rich.
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