Why is it that it’s so hard to find white chicken eggs in England…or maybe I should limit that statement to the village I live in. Yesterday I went to the local Costcutter to find out if they are planning on getting some white eggs in for Easter.You know…painting them and so on. Both shop ladies looked at me confused, not really understanding why I was asking about the colour of the eggs. Oh well! I would have left it at that but some dude had to pipe in that brown eggs only come from free range eggs…what a load of … you get what I mean.
So why is it that brown eggs are easier to find. In my annoyed state I turned to google and found out for myself. And it’s not because only free range chickens lay them Hello! Cheap Independent eggs It’s because white-feathered chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and red-feathered ones with red ear lobes lay brown eggs.Who knew.And apparently because brown chickens take longer to start laying eggs white ones are preferred for factory eggs.
You might be wondering why I’m getting egg-cited over the colour of eggs. Simple,I want to paint some eggs for Easter. I have my heart set out to do them like my mother used to when you couldn’t find fancy colour kits at the shops. She used onion peels to achieve beautiful and natural patterns on the shells. Afterwards, on Easter Sunday we would then compete in cracking the eggs.
In my quest to finding some eggs to paint I also remembered that the local Grange actually keeps hens and often sells eggs. They have pastel coloured eggs. So I excitedly, or not, ventured down with my two kids to buy some. I simply adore the colour on these eggs.
Supplies you will need
- Wrap onion peels around your egg and secure with yarn. As you can see I wasn’t stingy with the yarn. You want the onion peels nice and snug against the shell. Alternatively you could wrap the onion peels around the eg and then wrap a white piece of cloth around the egg to keep the peels in place.
- Place the wrapped eggs in a pot, in cold water and bring the water to a boil.
- Once there’s a rolling boil remove t pot from the heat, cover it and leave to stand for 12 minutes for hard boiled eggs.
- Cool the eggs down in an ice bath.
- Remove the yarn and peels and enjoy your gorgeous Easter eggs.
As you can see I only used brown and red onion peels and yet the patterns on my eggs are very colourful. I think that’s due to the pastel shells and the results would be different with simple white eggs.
Other natural methods for dying Easter eggs:
- Red Cabbage: Slice the cabbage and boil it until it turns light blue and the colour seeps into the water. Soak your pre-boiled eggs in that water overnight. As a result you should get blue eggs.
- Matcha tea: Again, soak the eggs in matcha tea overnight, this results in green eggs.
- Beetroot: Grate the beetroot, pour some boiling water over it and leave the egg to soak in that water. For best results keep checking the egg. The longer you let it soak the more brownish purple it will get.
- For red eggs try cherry purée, red wine, cranberry purée, pomegranate juice.
- For orange eggs use chilli.
- For brown eggs soak them in coffee.
- Raspberry purée gives you pink eggs.
TIP! Use leaves, stickers or even piece of string to create patterns on the eggs, just make sure they’re snug against the shell for the duration of the soak.