How to color Easter eggs with natural products
The tradition of decorating the house with colorful Easter eggs allows you to give it an elegant look with a minimum of cost and effort. And especially, if for coloring eggs to use not chemical dyes (which, by the way, are also harmful), but natural ones. For example, onion husks, red cabbage leaves, beetroot juice, ground coffee, walnut shells, spinach, blueberries, flowers and all kinds of spices - paprika, turmeric, thyme, saffron, etc.
How to color eggs for Easter?
1. Pre boil the eggs for 8-10 minutes, then sprinkle them with cold water and dry with a paper towel. So that the eggshell does not crack during cooking, add a few teaspoons of salt or a little white vinegar to the water.
2. For the coloring of Easter eggs, we took the husks of yellow onions, beets and red cabbage, and from spices - paprika, thyme, black pepper and turmeric. For 15 minutes, boil beets diced into cubes in different containers (after that it can be used to make vinaigrette), red cabbage divided into several parts (at the end of cooking it turns white and its broth turns blue) and onion husks.
It is important to remember that water should only slightly cover the contents of the containers: this way our coloring solution will become more saturated, which means that the Easter eggs will look brighter and more elegant. After cooling the broths, filter them and pour them into glasses. Do not forget about spices: pour them with boiling water and stir until smooth. Keep in mind that the higher the concentration of spices, the brighter the colors of the eggs.
3. Dip the eggs in glasses with paints and leave until their shell acquires the desired shade. Remember that the longer they are in the coloring solution, the more intense their color becomes. And to make it even and uniform, wipe the eggs with alcohol before painting.
4. So, our Easter eggs are almost ready to decorate the holiday table. There was one final touch: so that their surface was not matte, but glossy and elegant, grease it with vegetable oil.
In conclusion - a list of our coloring products and the colors obtained with their help:
- red cabbage - a blue or blue tint (depending on the amount of cabbage and the aging time of the eggs in its broth);
- beets - from orange and red to burgundy;
- onion peel - from golden brown to dark coffee;
- turmeric - yellow and yellow-orange;
- paprika - bright red, purple;
- thyme - from the color of coffee with milk to dark brown;
- black pepper - from beige to light brown.
A bit of history
Back in pre-Christian times, the egg for many peoples in many countries was a symbol of life and birth. Even the universe for some peoples seemed to have come out of an egg. The attitude to the egg, as a symbol of birth, was reflected in the beliefs and customs of the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans. In Slavic peoples, the egg was associated with the fertility of the earth, with the spring revival of nature.
The tradition of coloring eggs also appeared long before Christianity, in ancient times. In Africa, ostrich eggs decorated with carvings, about 60,000 years old, have been found. Painted eggs, as well as gold and silver, are found in the burials of ancient Sumerians and Egyptians, dating back to the beginning of the III millennium BC. In Iran, it is customary to paint eggs on Novruz - a holiday that has Zoroastrian roots.
Eggs dyed in the same color are called “dyes”. If spots, stripes, specks of a different color are located on a common colored background, this is a "speck". In olden times, "Easter eggs" were also popular - hand-painted eggs.
Historians note that the representations of the universe were reflected on the Easter eggs, and, apparently, the Easter eggs existed among the Slavic peoples before the adoption of Christianity.
Even at the beginning of the 20th century, Easter eggs were very popular and loved. They devoted a lot of time to painting eggs, during which the family spent the whole evening of Great Thursday, as Easter cakes were baked on Good Friday, and on the night of Great Saturday they were consecrated. The eggs were written with colored paints and melted wax. Eggs painted in this way were painted in places not touched by wax. Sometimes, variously colored eggs were pasted from golden or silver foil with all kinds of patterns and decorations.
According to Christian tradition, Mary Magdalene presented the first Easter egg to the Roman emperor Tiberius. When Mary came to Tiberius and announced the Resurrection of Christ, the emperor said that it was as impossible as the chicken egg to be red, and after these words the chicken egg that he held turned red.
According to another, more everyday version, the custom is associated with Lent, during which, according to the rules, you can’t eat many products, including eggs. The people, wanting to preserve the eggs, cooked them, and in order not to confuse them with the undigested ones, they stained them, mainly using natural dyes. Soon, the urgent need turned into a tradition that accompanies the Easter holiday.