The price of Eggs has gone up slightly due to the ongoing Egg shortage (Deer, 2014, September 15) in Jamaica, thanks to increased demand and insufficient supply from Farmers hurt by a previous glut of eggs on the Jamaican Market.
Still, not a reason for you to avoid the tradition of making Easter Eggs, especially Glow-in-the-Dark Etched Russian (Deer, 2013, August 13) Painted Easter Eggs! A traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday or on Easter Sunday, which falls on Sunday, April 5th 2015, is sure to make the kiddies look forward to this Holies of Holidays.
First thing to note when making Easter Eggs; we do NOT use perfectly good eggs that you can fry or boil to make painter Easter Eggs. The Egg White and yolk are drained out by boring a hole at the top of the egg using a hot needle. That Eggs emptied of Egg White and Yolk can be sealed in a container for use in cooking later.
Once drained, then it’s Easter Egg (skiptomyloublog, 2015) dyeing time! Specifically we’re gonna make Glow-in-the-Dark Painted Easter Eggs!
To do this, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Distilled Water
- Egg Carton
- Eggs emptied of Egg White and Yolk
- Gel Paste Food colouring
- Liquid Food Colouring
- Old Newspaper
- Plastic Apron
- Non-Toxic Markers
- Tupperware containers
- White Vinegar
From here on out the instructions are quite simple:
- Put on the Plastic Apron and wear old clothing, as Food Colouring does stain
- Pour 1/2 cup of the Distilled Water into the Tupperware containers, one for each colour you plan to use
- Take the Non-Toxic Markersand cut them open
- Soak the Non-Toxic Markersin 1/2 cup of Distilled Water into the Tupperware containers, one for each colour you plan to use
- Place five (5) drops of gel paste coloring into each Tupperware containers with Distilled Water, ten (10) drops for yellow or light colors
- If using Liquid Food Colouring use twenty (20) drops
- Add in 1 tablespoon white vinegar and stir.
- Place Eggs in the Tupperware containers and leave to soak for thirty (30) minutes
- After 12 hours, remove the eggs from the Food Colouring baths using the Tongs
- Drain the Eggs properly, making sure no food colouring remains inside of the Eggs
- Wrap eggs in Old Newspaper to facilitate faster drying
- Place finished Glow-in-the-Dark Painted Easter Eggs in Egg Carton for final filling
Now it’s good to note that I said “final filling”, as the eggs still have holes at the bottom and are hollow and very delicate from the White Vinegar. Any longer than thirty (30) minutes and the Eggs would be dissolved by the White Vinegar, which is an acid.
So be careful when removing them, as they are very fragile. Also when placing them to dry in the Egg Carton, make sure it’s not in direct sunlight, as they will crack if they are rapidly dried.
Once they are dried, a process that may take another thirty (30) minutes, you can either fill them with sand to make them heavy, or with Glow-in-the-Dark Chocolate Syrup (Deer, 2014, April 29), the recipe for which is on my other blog My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica.
Finally, at the end of Easter, when the Easter Egg Hunt it over, you can place the Glow-in-the-Dark Painted Easter Eggs under UV Light and watch them glow. The glowing effect is thanks to the highlighter dye from Non-Toxic Markers for non-edible objects, in this case the Easter Eggs and the quinine in the Schweppes Tonic Water for edible foods.
Then, when you reveal that some of the Glow-in-the-Dark Painted Easter Eggs have Glow-in-the-Dark Chocolate Syrup inside as the Yolk, prepare for their excitement as they pour it onto ice cream to make Glow-in-the-Dark Ice Cream to mark a successful end to Easter.
Deer, L. (2013, August 13). How to make Glow-in-the-Dark Etched Easter Eggs – Russian Tradition with a Modern Jamaican Twist makes Katy Perry Roar. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-make-glow-in-dark-etched-easter.html
Deer, L. (2014, April 29). How to make Chocolate Syrup that Glows-in-the-Dark, the ultimate Ice Cream Party Treat. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-make-chocolate-syrup-that-glows.html
Deer, L. (2014, September 15). CPJ’s Liquid Eggs Limited Jamaican Egg Shortage – How Imported Eggs from Hampton Creek Foods may alleviate Egg Shortage in December 2014. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/cpjs-liquid-eggs-limited-jamaican-egg.html
skiptomyloublog. (2015, February 13). How to Dye Bright Easter Eggs (with food coloring). Retrieved from http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Dye-Bright-Easter-Eggs-with-food-coloring-/10000000204824016/g.html