Friday, March 29, 2013

Canadian Egg Farmers Show Their Pride in Every Easter Egg

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If you're wondering where I've been this week, the answer is - in bed. Terrible head cold, now laryngitis. Zero energy. So, my sad display of just two posts were actually ones I'd written last week :) I'm on the mend, but not yet 100%.

As I write this, I have a half dozen eggs boiling on the stove, which will soon be set out for decorating. I had hoped to do this earlier, then show you some pics and incorporate these tips from the Egg Farmers of Canada. But, since it's already Good Friday, and I'm still not completely back on track, I've decided to share the tips with you anyways, so you can use them as well! I'll post what I did a little later in the weekend. I've decided to go with hard-boiled eggs, as Hubs likes to eat the decorated eggs at Easter.  The Egg Farmers have provided instructions for blowing out your eggs in this piece. They have visuals available on their website.

So, without further ado, I bring you - The Egg Farmers of Canada and their tips for dying great eggs this Easter!

Eggs are iconic at Easter. With Canadians from across the country decorating, celebrating and enjoying Canadian eggs, Easter is a time when more than a thousand Canadian egg farmers show their pride in every egg they produce.

What Canadians probably didn't know is that because of our unique system of supply management, local egg farmers are able to deliver the quality and freshness in their product that Canadians deserve. Supply management supports more than a thousand egg farms cost-to-coast, which means your Easter eggs are produced locally, typically from within your province, ensuring your family enjoys the freshest eggs possible.

This Easter, egg farmers from across the country are inspiring Canadians to enjoy Canada Grade A eggs by sharing their family's tips on decorating, handling and cooking with eggs.

Decorating Tips:
With endless colour combinations and many different ways to decorate, making colourful eggs can be as easy or as intricate as you choose, making it a perfect activity for all ages and skill levels. From a simple egg dyed one colour, to ornate and delicate patterns, Easter eggs are as unique as the people that create them.  

So get inspired and create memories your family will cherish. Follow these three easy steps to create your Easter egg masterpiece.

1) How to Hollow Your Egg

  • Wash and dry an egg. 
  • Using a large needle, pierce both ends of the shell. Make sure you pierce the needle deep enough to break the egg yolk. 
  • Wiggle the needle around in a circular motion to open the hole at one end of the egg. 
  • Holding the egg over a bowl, blow into the large opening at one end of the egg to force the egg white and yolk out of the egg. Gently rinse off the shell with cold water; allow it to dry completely. 

2) How to Dye Your Easter Egg

  • If using store-bought dye, prepare according to package directions; if using natural dye, mix 1 teaspoon vinegar with 1/4 teaspoon of food colouring. Pour the dye into 3/4 of a cup of water, in a cup or glass deep enough to cover the entire egg. 
  • Using tongs or a spoon, place the egg in the dye. Do not drop the egg in, or the shell might hit the bottom of the cup and crack. You can also thread a thin wire through the holes in each end of the hollowed egg shell, bending the wire at one end so the egg won’t slip off. 
  • Completely submerge the egg in the dye until they are the desired colour, from two to five minutes. Remember, the longer you leave the egg in the dye, the deeper the colour will get. 
  • Remove eggs from the dye and allow to dry before adding another colour or continuing to decorate. 
    Tip – Place eggs on a cake rack to allow them to dry quickly and evenly. 

3) Tips to Customize  Your Easter Egg
Easter eggs can be customized in many ways. Use common craft items such as markers, glitter, and crayons to customize you eggs similar to the following pictures. Here are some of our favourite ways to make eggs extra special:

  • Sprinkle sparkles over a freshly-dyed egg for a glittery finish. 
  • Before putting the egg in the dye, draw a pattern on the shell with a white crayon. The wax in the crayon will prevent the dye from sticking to the egg, leaving a white pattern. 
  • Apply small stickers to, or wrap rubber bands around the egg before dying; remove once the egg is dry, leaving an interesting pattern.
  • Mix one tablespoon of vegetable oil into the dye to create a marble effect on your Easter eggs. 
  • Once dry, paint the egg using acrylic paints and small makeup or craft sponges. You can also sponge paint small designs on the eggs using a stencil. 
  • Glue small beads, embroidery thread or lace onto the Easter egg for added effects. 
  • Apply googly eyes and other accessories to Easter eggs to create cute animals or faces.
  • Rub Easter eggs with a little vegetable oil for extra sheen. 

For more tips and step-by-step photos visit:

Disclosure: This isn't a sponsored post. I just thought you'd enjoy the information I was given.

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