Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Eggs

We got back from our little Spring Break trip just in time to decorate our Easter eggs!  They're different every year, depending on what techniques look fun in magazines or stores.  Last weekend, we bought these Ukrainian Easter egg sleeves at Oasis World Market for $1.99/pack of 7 (also available online from the manufacturer/distributor). I was tired this evening, not to mention totally skeptical about this product after many disappointing attempts to make amazing Easter eggs.  Let's just say ours often end up reflecting our unique personalities!  So I didn't have my hopes up too high...

Here's what we needed:

Here's what we did, per the package instructions:

I boiled the eggs as usual (Joy of Cooking method), cooking a few extra in case any were to break during cooking (they didn't!), and dried them.  The package didn't mention this, but it seemed like a good idea.  As instructed, I carefully cut the plastic egg sleeves (shown above in a strip) apart. Mabzie then slipped one egg sleeve around each boiled egg, and dipped each one back into the boiling water for 3-5 seconds using a ladle (pictured below). The package says "the film will stick around the egg".  Does it ever! Just hearing the noise it makes as it adheres to the egg makes it worth it!

Here are eggs in all three stages:  plain, wrapped and waiting to be dipped, and done:

Aren't they beautiful? (The solid-color eggs were dyed the traditional way.)

I am so pleasantly surprised that this product did exactly what it was supposed to do. And the process was easier and much more fun than anticipated. I think we'll be doing this again next year!   


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