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Easter eggs colored with onion skins


Karinka 9 | 28
8 Apr 2012 #1
Dzien dobry!

Well, this year I decided to dye my Easter eggs with onion skins according to a "recipe" I got off of another Polish site. (They turned out beautifully! I had organic brown eggs from a local farmer's market. I used both red and yellow onion skins. The results were a beautiful crimson and deep amber color.) It stated that one could "polish" the eggs with oil to make them shiny.

Despite using only a little oil and being very gentle, the oil started to take some of the color off.

What did I do wrong?

Regards,
Karinka
pip 10 | 1,659
8 Apr 2012 #2
add vinegar- it sets the colour.
OP Karinka 9 | 28
9 Apr 2012 #3
I did add vinegar and a little salt to the water when I boiled the skins/eggs. Perhaps it wasn't enough.

Thanks for your reply!
Karinka
strzyga 2 | 993
9 Apr 2012 #4
Did you wait for the eggs to cool down before treating them with oil? The colour goes off if the eggs are still warm.
OP Karinka 9 | 28
9 Apr 2012 #5
Yes. I let them cool down in the "skin water" for about 30 minutes. Then I placed them in the refrigerator. Should I have oiled them before refrigerating them?

Regards,
Karinka
strzyga 2 | 993
9 Apr 2012 #6
Should I have oiled them before refrigerating them?

No, I don't think it matters. Frankly, I don't know why the colour went off. It's a good idea to wash the eggs in warm water before boiling - sometimes they're a bit waxy and it helps to wash it off. But I've never seen oil to dissolve the dye. No idea really.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
9 Apr 2012 #7
I found this link: greekfood.about.com/od/greekcookingtips/ht/redeggs.htm

Make sure the eggs are thoroughly dry. Perhaps dry them overnight, then use only a tiny bit of olive oil on them. Don't rub them too hard with a towel.

latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2012/04/test-kitchen-tips-giving-a-sheen-to-your-easter-eggs.html

For shiny Easter eggs, rub them with a very light coating of vegetable oil after the dye is dried. I learned this tip from a fellow L.A. Times staffer, Anne, who happened to walk by the Test Kitchen last week as we were shooting eggs for our Easter stories running this weekend in the Saturday section. She drizzled a little vegetable oil on a folded paper towel and rubbed it over an egg. The oil gave the dyed egg a glossy sheen.

A little oil goes a long way; a lightly oiled paper towel or cloth should be able to coat at least several eggs. Also, be sure to rub off any extra oil -- too much and the eggs can become very slippery.

pawian 181 | 17,079
23 Apr 2021 #8
to dye my Easter eggs with onion skins

yes,. it is still popular.

Onion skin eggs on the right





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