Egg Dying With PAAS

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Easter is a big deal around here! We are Greek Orthodox and Easter is our biggest holiday, rich in traditions. If you have any Greek friends, then you may already know about some Greek Easter traditions, such as the lamb on the spit and the bright red Easter eggs. It’s so important that our Easter eggs are red, because they symbolize the blood of Christ. I may not be too religious, but the traditions are so important to me because it’s who I am. Sure, my mom let us dye pastel eggs, but a batch of eggs were always reserved that were going to only be red. The only problem – we never had red eggs – they were always bright pink or orange. My grandmother’s Easter eggs were always the envy of the family – how did she get such red eggs?

The year before I got married, I was asked by my mother in law-to be to handle the eggs, and her only request was that they were all red. Oh geez, how was I going to pull this one off? I had to channel my grandma who had passed away the year before that and thought to myself, What Would Yiayia Do? Then it dawned on me: this woman never measure a thing! So, as I was pouring the red powder over the eggs, I dropped half a bottle of Heinz White Vinegar into the pot as well. The recipe only called for 1/2 a cup, so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. A few minutes later I impatiently pulled out the first egg – It was red! The whole batch was bright red!!

I used this method of putting about twice as much vinegar as recommended by egg-dye instructions, and each time I have had great success with vibrant colored eggs. I would never say to go against a manufacturer’s recommended directions for use, but in my own experience I can tell you that a good amount of Heinz White Vinegar has helped achieve great egg-dying results.

Although our tradition is to dye our Easter eggs red, we love the pastel colors and will always make just a few red eggs and many pastel colored eggs. Since the amount of children in my family has grown, egg dying has turned out to be a huge event for the kids. My sister in law and I gather a few boxes of various PAAS egg dying kits – which are usually half price by the time Greek Easter comes along. We have tried other brand of dyes, but haven’t been happy with the results, so we’ve become quite loyal to the brand. The kids have a playdate, dye eggs, make a huge mess, and then make their own Easter baskets.

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No matter what type of Easter traditions you hold, be sure to pick up PAAS egg dying kits and Heinz White Vinegar. PAAS offers many varieties of egg dying kits that give you vibrant colors and fun designs! You can check out PAAS to see all the egg dying kits they carry, as well as reading some egg decorating tips. Did you know that you can make hard-boiled eggs in the oven?!? This is one tip I will be trying out real soon! Also, check out PAAS on Facebook for some money saving coupons!

Heinz Vinegar and PAAS have partnered to bring you the Easter Egg Decorator iPad® app (for those who don’t have an iPad, the app can also be accessed online via desktop or laptop computer).  Now through March 31, when you decorate and share a virtual Easter egg with family and friends using the free app, Heinz and PAAS will donate $1, up to $25,000, to Make-A-Wish®.

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  1. We usually do red eggs, but I’d like to have some fun with my sons and do colored eggs while they are young too (and I have fabulous pictures of my older son wearing a little cap and roasting a lamb with papou one year, what great memories!)

  2. it looks like so much fun.

  3. PAAS is my never fail method. I really love them and they’re inexpensive!

  4. We always use PAAS.

  5. I love colored eggs!

  6. Dying eggs the night before Easter was one of my favorite traditions as a kid … and I look forward to it now with my kids!

  7. I love everything Greek! I love Greece, too! How I long to go back.

  8. Easter will be here before I know it. Gotta stock up on Paas.

  9. PAAS is a favorite here too!

  10. I did a batch of eggs back in February for pictures… now I’ve lost my eggy-mojo

  11. We’ve never been big into Easter Egg Coloring here because I’m always worried we’re going to ruin something with the dye LOL. I’ve never known about the Red Easter Eggs – that’s really neat.

  12. We always have a blast coloring eggs and making a colorful rainbow assortment for the bunny to hide.

  13. I had no idea about the red egg tradition. I love Paas egg kits and there isn’t a deeper color or prettier result unless you use Heniz vingear!

  14. the only way to dye eggs

  15. Dying eggs is always so much fun.

  16. I’ve only ever used PAAS. When I was a kid my parents would get whatever was cheaper or on sale and I remember that nothing ever turned out as perfect as PAAS

  17. Looks like fun.

  18. My kids love to dye Easter Eggs.

  19. So fun! I love dying eggs with the boys.

  20. How fun!

  21. So much fun! I love the photos!

  22. I have great memories of coloring the eggs with my Mom. I hope my son will have those same great memories. We always use Paas.

  23. I’ve used PAAS since I was a little kid! I knew the vinegar trick but never thought to add extra, so I’m totally trying that this year!

  24. So much fun and great pictures!

  25. Oh, lamb roasting on a spit sound amazing. Easter egg decorating is just the cherry on top.