Easter is full of traditions with my family, from celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to the dyeing of Easter eggs. Easter comes during the most beautiful time of year, SPRING! With all of the wonderful colors of greens, pinks, lavender, and yellows; they are so inspiring when picking out the colors to dye our Easter eggs. Alyce E. George (2011) writes in her article; Easter Traditions: From Pagan Rites to Christian Delights, What Does a Jelly Bean Laying Chocolate Rabbit Have to Do with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?, “A typical Western Easter Sunday involves the immediate family meeting with their relatives and attending a church or mass service . . . After lunch, the family has an Easter egg hunt, in which plastic eggs filled with jelly beans are magically hidden throughout the family yard, and the children are set out to find them all.” This goes right along with my family traditions. We start our morning bright and early; with the children waking up to see if the Easter Bunny left them a basket full of goodies. Then onto what the children would call the best part of the day; the Easter egg hunt. Next, we are off to church, when we get home our close family and friends come over for dinner. We have a fabulous dinner that includes, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans loaded with bacon and onions for flavor, green salad with all of the favorite toppings, homemade rolls, Jell-o salad, fresh fruit, and of course the ever so loved deviled eggs. I am going to take you through the process of making hard boiled eggs, decorating them for the Easter egg hunt, a few of the important safety and storage tips, then, how to make some yummy deviled eggs with you Easter eggs.
Let’s start with the boiling of the eggs, first you need to make sure you have a pan that has a heavy bottom with a tight fitting lid; it needs to be large enough to put a dozen eggs into without
crowding or bumping into each other, overcrowding can cause the eggs to crack. A little helpful piece of information, since you will eventually be peeling the eggs; fresher eggs are harder to peel. For eggs that are easier to peel, use eggs that have been in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. Next, put one dozen eggs into the pan and cover them with cold water, at least an inch of water above the eggs. Leave the pan uncovered, bring the water to a full boil, then remove the pan from the heat and cover it. Let the pan stand untouched for 17 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water and put them in a bowl of cold water for at least 15 minutes. Now you should have a perfectly hardboiled egg.
If not handled correctly, eggs can cause food borne illnesses. We are going to be dyeing our hard boiled eggs; and using them for the festive Easter egg hunt. We want to make sure we take all precautions so none of our guest becomes ill. According to Danilo Alfaro's (2010) Holiday Egg Safety Tips: A Dozen Ways to Avoid Foodborne Illness
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