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What to do with leftover Easter hard-boiled eggs?
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TOUCHSTONE: Truly, thou art damned like an ill-roasted egg, all on one side. As You Like It, III, 2 - William Shakespeare

We dip eggs, we dye eggs; we paint them, crayon them; we glue decorative objects to their fragile shells, and then we call them Easter eggs. In many countries the art of the Easter egg is a high one, indeed. Some methods of dying call upon the use of marigold petals, beets, red onion peels (click here for formula) or other elements of the vegetable world to color the eggs. And after all the work and imagination we've invested into them, they sit in a leftover, forgotten pile, a sorry reminder of holiday fun.

Eggs have been a symbol of springtime regeneration that has long been associated with Easter.

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 terms.


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 e-mail. click to e-mail recipes


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