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  • At all times: Work with the eggs carefully to prevent cracking the shells. (If the shells crack, bacteria can get inside the eggs--they should not be decorated, hidden or eaten.) Dyeing eggs: Refrigerate before dyeing. If the eggs will be eaten, be sure to use a food-safe dye. Boiling the eggs kills the Salmonella bacteria that can cause illness, but will not keep the eggs from spoiling. To prevent re-contamination and to slow spoilage, keep the eggs refrigerated, dry and in a clean container (don't put them back in the original egg carton). Hiding eggs: Eggs must be protected from sources of contamination (like dirt, pets, and water) and from heat (like sunny spots). A safer option would be to keep edible eggs refrigerated and hide inedible, plastic eggs for the hunt. source: http://www.bfhd.wa.gov/edu/eggucation.php#get
  • There are lots of good sites on the net:eg http://www.ellenskitchen.com/pantry/home/eastegg.html You can also colour the blown out shells with acrylic paints. WHen decorating, start with easy patterns, such as bands and crosses. but when you are more confident, try the Alpha and Omega (Jesus Symbols) and even look on the net to see the traditional Ukrainian and Russian designs. We still have some here from our kids' childhood.
  • Take wrapper off before eating.
  • There's some oldish Russian way of painting them reddish-brown by boiling them with onions, but I don't know how it works for sure because I never did it myself. My grandmother tied various leaves and flowers to the egg so there would be a shape of a different color.
  • Try boiling them with a little apple cider vinegar in the water it will make the color dye brighter and will be easier to peel.
  • Are they the plastic kind you hide or the hard boiled ones you eat. If they're the hiding kind, make the hiding spot not too obvious. If it's the eating kind, use a myriad of colors, wait for the paint to dry and in many grocery stores they sell applique kits which will make them look really snazzy.
  • When we think of Easter, eggs are definitely a main symbol most of us can relate to. Every April in most homes, families gather around a table to decorate and dye eggs. These pastel colored eggs are used for decoration around the house, in baskets or they are used for children’s Easter Egg Hunts. You simply can’t celebrate Easter without homemade Easter eggs. When it comes to hard-boiling an egg there is a special way to get it to be perfect. Sometimes an egg yolk can come out a little runny in the middle or completely opposite and be a dark grayish color. Obviously you are either keeping the egg in the boiling water for too little or way too long. Follow these simple steps to achieve the perfect hard-boiled egg. 1. Place the pot on top of the stove. Make sure the pot is big enough to hold the desired amount of eggs you want to hard-boil plus boiling water. 2. place the number of eggs carefully in the pot. Add enough water (temperature of water doesn’t matter) to completely cover the eggs. Place the pan on the stove and turn the burner on to high heat. Leave the pan alone for 20 minutes. 3. After the time has passed, place pan under cold running water to cool off the eggs. Let the eggs sit in the cold water for awhile. I sometimes add ice cubes to the pot to help cool of the eggs. For more innovative ideas on Easter, browse the link below!Happy Easter! http://easterwishes.blogspot.com/

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