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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Good Friday! egg project

From what I've gathered from Kimberlycun's surprise marbled Easter egg post comments, Good Friday is the day that Jesus was crucified. Easter, which falls on the following Sunday, is the day that he was resurrected. That's what I gathered, so feel free to educate me on Christian knowledge (I'm not Christian but I'm quite interested).

Anyway. I tried out her Easter egg idea - surprise marbled Easter eggs. Here's what you're supposed to do:

  1. Make hard boiled eggs.
  2. Crack the egg shell all over (gently).
  3. Put the cracked egg into a sandwich bag, and stain the egg with some edible food coloring.
  4. Wait for 30 minutes or so for the color to absorb, then rinse off with water and splash with white vinegar to set color.

I did exactly all that, but with a little change of timing - I left the cracked eggs in the coloring for at least an hour. Here's a few tips for you if you want to make these eggs.
  • Line your work surface with cling film, and always have paper towels on hand to clean up any messes. And wear an apron to protect your clothes.
  • If possible, use a dropper to apply your food coloring. I used an almost-full tablespoon of the food coloring, and it was a bit too much. Use a small teaspoon instead, as an alternative.
  • Use rubber/latex gloves to protect your fingers. Any spilled food coloring might stain your hands.
  • Try not to leave your eggs in the coloring too long - it's supposed to just stain the cracks and just the surface of the egg white. Leaving the food coloring in too long will result in bleeding colors.
  • Where cracking the egg is concerned, do it EXTREMELY GENTLY. I overcracked some parts, and that allowed the dye to enter and stain a large, un-pretty patch.
  • Have ready tons of paper towels and always be prepared to clean any spills with soap and a wet cloth.
  • Try to avoid super strong colors like blue and/or purple, as they tend to stain worse than others.
  • After the eggs have finished cooking, allow them to cool, standing on a plate (or better, wire rack) in room temperature. I stuck them in iced water, and what happened was the egg itself shrunk away from the shell. If you must stick it in water then make sure it's not ice-cold.

Serve your eggs on a plain dish with a generous sprinkling of salt~

The yellow egg. The coloring was a deep shade of orange, which made orange colored crack dyes and bleeded out yellow.
The one on the left is supposed to be purple, but the blue coloring was way too strong.
Cross-section of the "purple" egg that I took a bite from. The coloring was so intense that one bite caused the coloring to move.

Ps. I've moved on from Picnik to PicMonkey for my photo editing. Picnik is moving to Google+ on April 19th.

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