Easter Traditions?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CarleeAnn, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. CarleeAnn

    CarleeAnn Songster

    Apr 29, 2017
    Hoppy Easter y’all!! :bun:jumpy

    My husband and I were discussing dying eggs when we realized we both had very different traditions when it came to handling dyed Easter eggs.

    My side of the family always dyed boiled eggs the night before, and then we put them out in the morning for the “hunt”. On Easter, once we found all the eggs (which may have been sitting out more than an hour now indoors) my grandma would de-shell them and make deviled eggs.
    I just assumed this was the norm and what everyone did! I didn’t think anything wrong with it either.

    My husband says they would dye boiled eggs maybe a few nights before, hide them, but once they were found they kept them around for decoration and then threw them away. He never liked Easter because he viewed this as wasteful (and I do too!).

    The big difference is though- my husband pointed out that it may be unsanitary to eat the dyed eggs. I do remember the dye getting on to the egg whites, and I always thought it was fun to look at! But that does bring about the concern of how thin the shells were, how long they were sitting out, and if the egg dye/vinegar soaking the egg may have boosted any bacterial occurrences...

    Maybe the vinegar kept the eggs better longer? Like they were pickled? But it is only 1tbsp for every 1/2 cup of water. I read that boiled eggs should not be st room temperature for more than 2 hours, but that just doesn’t seem right.

    We decided to compromise this year- we only dyed eggs that were hollowed out. And the eggs I boiled will be for deviled eggs- undyed and not left out of the fridge until ready to serve.

    Anywho- I want to know what you do! And what you think.
  2. ashlandco

    ashlandco Songster

    Mar 31, 2017
    I just tried dying hard boiled eggs with whipped cream! It would have worked better if we used white eggs though:lau
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  3. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Crowing

    May 19, 2014
    Georgetown, TX
    After dying eggs we kept them in the frig. We never hunted for real eggs, but now we do that daily :gig
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hello..We also dyed hard boiled eggs and Mom would put them on the table in a bowl for us to look at. Once we went to bed she put in the fridge..Then we would eat hard boiled eggs the next day and the next day and the next day..:gig
    We hunted for Jellybeans, yucky coloured egg things and our Chocolate Bunnies..:bun
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Did you use wax crayons first to draw pictures or designs on the eggs before dying?..I just remembered that's what we did..:jumpy
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  6. Mylied

    Mylied Crowing

    Mar 12, 2012
    Middle Georgia
    The dye is non toxic and safe to eat. Leaving them out for hunting doesn't hurt them. We hunted boiled, dyed eggs and would leave them in our baskets, unrefrigerated for a few days while we ate them. No one got sick. Now with my kids we dye them the night before. I put them in the fridge until the next day. Hide them and they find them. We usually eat a few and have egg salad for lunch. They don't last longer than a day at my house.
  7. CarleeAnn

    CarleeAnn Songster

    Apr 29, 2017
    We did! We always got those prefab Easter dying kits and they came with a clear crayon. So we would write “Mom, Dad, Aunt T, Nanny, etc.” and each person had to find their own egg too!

    We also had these little paper/plastic sleeves with designs on them that once boiled they would wrap around the eggs. Those were cute.

    It seems like the consensus is it’s okay to eat dyed eggs, but questionable if they have been left out.
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  8. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

    Feb 6, 2018
    Hi Hannah
    When I was young we would to the same thing but just eat them when we found them. My little brothers still dye eggs each easter but afterwards we just put them in the fridge and eat them throughout the week.
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  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Awesome...My Mom was cheap so we used our own crayons and her food colouring..:gig...Still was fun and it was fun eating those eggs too..Tasted better when all pretty..:lau
    Decorated eggs with my Boys only twice..They were not fond of it though?.:idunno..
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Dyed and hid them on 'Easter Eve' to be hunted for the next day. Been eating them for 75 years :old and no :sick so far. Hope that I have not just jinxed myself. :oops:
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