Early Christians used red colored eggs to symbolize the Resurrection. England began the tradition of writing and drawing on eggs, by putting messages and dates on eggs, then exchanging them with friends and loved ones. In the 1800's, with the industrial revolution under way, ornate candied eggs were created. They were open on one end and a scene was put inside. They were used as table centerpieces.
Before we decorate we must make
a good hard-boiled egg. Let's look at science to understand why those
gray rings appear around an egg, then see what that means in layman's
How to Hard-boil an Egg
Among their many properties, eggs
contain iron and sulfur. Cooking combines these two properties chemically
within an improperly cooked egg, and forms ferrous sulfide. Ferrous
sulfide is the gray-green ring around the outside of a cooked yolk and
is produced as a result of overcooking and/or too high a temperature.
To cook hard boiled eggs that will offer the sunniest of centers, put the eggs in a pan of cold water in a single layer. (A metal frying basket works well if
you are cooking a lot of eggs.) Bring to a boil, then cook for 2 minutes. Turn the heat off. Cover the pan and let stand for 11 minutes. Transfer the eggs to cold water and let them soak until cooled. Peel off the shells and enjoy. bring
water to a rolling bowl, then lower to a gentle simmer.
Leftover Hard-boiled Eggs
What do we do with leftover Easter
eggs? Once again we call upon that great human resource - the imagination.
We concoct a recipe, then use our imaginations a little more and create
variations on that recipe.
Remember that a chilled egg is easier
to slice. A warmer yolk will crumble more easily.
Here are some ideas for using up
Easter eggs. If we've missed your favorite idea, send it to us over
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