Last year I posted this about a week after Easter so I figured it was worth a re-post. My daughter and I will start making Cascarones again tomorrow. I’m also thinking about trying some of these “natural dyed” Easter eggs using beets and onion skins. I’ll try to have that post ready a week after Easter this year.
So I’m from Ohio where we did dye eggs but it wasn’t until moving to Texas that I was introduced to the tradition of Cascarones (egg shells). These are way more fun than typical hard boiled dyed eggs because you get to remove the egg raw, scramble it and eat it (which I prefer over eating hard boiled eggs, I made a nice kale and onion frittata out of these). You get to dye the eggs and fill them with confetti, or in this case bird seed, you can also use glitter, powder or anything else that will fit inside an eggshell. Then you get to break the egg over someone’s head. Sounds fun right? And it is supposed to be good luck to get one broken on your head so everyone wins.
This is not difficult, the only skill involved is the cracking and draining of the egg which trust me if I can do you can do too. There are several steps that require drying so you do want to start this at least a day if not two or three before you intend to use them.
Here is a quick tutorial:
You will need:
Confetti/ Birdseed/Glitter or whatever else you want to stuff in the eggs
1. Crack your egg. Some say you need to use a pin or pointed object to make a small hole. I think it works just as well to crack the egg on the edge of a bowel provided the bowl has a thin lip and can make a fairly thin crack. Then pick out the egg shell enough to make a dime to quarter sized hole. If this step seems intimidating I want to encourage you to give it a try. Expect you may loose one or two eggs, but after that you will get the hang of it and it won’t take as long as you think to get a few eggs emptied. We only made ten which was enough to make a fun activity but wasn’t too involved.
2. Drain egg. I use a small wooden skewer to help break the egg from the inside of the shell.
3. Rinse eggs and let dry. If you are really worried about Salmonella you can bake them but I didn’t do this. Most Salmonella is found on the outside of the eggshell so you can also wash the eggs before you get started. I didn’t do any of this but just thought I’d mention it in case you were worried. I let mine dry overnight.
4. Pour vinegar into cups. if you use a porous ceramic cup it may get stained so I would use either clear glass or something disposable.
5. Add food coloring. The more food coloring the darker the color will be. I only had gel food coloring on hand which requires quite a bit of mixing. The typical liquid kind is better (they moved it in my grocery store and it took me a few months to discover where it is, I just found it again but hadn’t re-stocked).
6. Dye eggs. You can do one color or dip into multiple colors. The longer you let them sit the darker they will be.
7. Let eggs dry again. I let mine sit overnight. They spent some of the time hole up and some of the time hole down (I feel like I’m of the verge of some sort of inappropriate play on words here but I’m not going to go there) to makes sure they dried all the way.
8. Fill eggs with whatever material suites your fancy. We did bird seed so we wouldn’t make a mess in my mother-in-law’s yard. Confetti is most typical. For a little trick you can make one or two with flour or glitter. They are typically broken over the head of your friends and family, and since you don’t know what is in them until you are picking the egg shells out of your hair, having a variety of materials can make it into a bit more of a game. Usually the person who gets a head full of flour will spend the rest of the day trying to get revenge, it keeps things interesting.
Don’t fill them all the way, about half to three fourths of the way full is enough, you want them to be able to break easily. I used a funnel, but you can make a paper cone funnel out of a note card which is what I did last year.
9. Apply a rim of glue around hole and cover with a piece of tissue paper. Again let dry.
10. Your cascarones are done and ready to get cracked.
We hid ours in typical Easter Egg Hunt style. Actually my daughter hid and found them about 5 times before we even sat down for breakfast. Two or three broke in the process but she still had plenty left over to play with her cousin that afternoon.