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Easter Eggs

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Greek Red Easter Eggs

Traditions and recipe 

Why we have red Eggs in Greek Easter?

Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ. The egg symbolizes the empty rock tomb from which Jesus Christ arose after Ηis Crucifixion. It is a universal means of greeting and presentation for Christian believers, while it also foretells the eternal life experience awaiting true believers after death.

Why we Crack Eggs in Easter?

Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, with further symbolism being found in the hard shell of the egg symbolizing the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.

How to make Red Eggs

Ingredients

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12 uncooked eggs (at room temperature)

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Skins from 15 yellow (Spanish) onions

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2 tablespoons white vinegar

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4 1/2 cups water

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Red dye

Instructions

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Carefully remove any material clinging to the surface of the eggs.

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In a stainless saucepan, place the onion skins and white vinegar in 4 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

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Strain the dye into a glass bowl and let it cool to room temperature. At this point, the dye will be orange, so don't let it throw you off.

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In a stainless saucepan, add the cooled, strained dye and the eggs. The eggs should be in one layer and completely covered by the dye.

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Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer.

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The time needed for dyeing time will be affected by the original colour of the eggs. Start checking for colour at 12 to 15 minutes. Do not simmer longer than 20 minutes

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Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and cool on racks.

When the eggs are cool and can be handled, coat them lightly with oil and polish each egg with a paper towel. Refrigerate until it's time to use.