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It's an Asian tradition to get close family and friends together to celebrate the birth of the babies after they are over one month old. As you may have guessed, this event is all about the color "RED" representing good fortune and luck for the family and babies. Part of this tradition includes giving Red Eggs to family and friends to spread good fortune.  Since Easter is around the corner and my egg dying skills needed some practice, I volunteered to dye over 50 eggs for my nephews' Red Egg & Ginger event.  

First step to getting hard boiled eggs without cracks, I laid each egg gently in the water-filled pot and turned the heat up high.  Once the water started to boil, I turned down the heat - enough, so to keep the water boiling for a good 5 minutes. Afterward, I removed the eggs from the water and laid them on a soft towel to cool off and dry.

Setting up my "RED" dye concoction, I used warm water, one tablespoon of vinegar, and several drops of red food dye. After submerging the eggs for 5 minutes, I noticed, the color was a "Light PINK".  Being hopeful I figured it would eventually turn into this magnificent "RED" by waiting for another 10 minutes.  Instead, I now have "HOT PINK" eggs!

Okay, so if  pure "RED" food dye is really "MAGENTA - HOT PINK", maybe, I can salvage these eggs by adding several drops of "YELLOW" dye?  After 15 minutes of starting over, voila, I now have deep "ORANGE" eggs.

Continuing to create these "non-Red" eggs into the wee hours, I called the sisters in the morning, and learned that to get a true "RED" colored egg, I should have used "BROWN" instead of "WHITE" eggs.  Arghhh... at least, I know I can dye vivid Pink and Orange Easter eggs 

~ Kim

 


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