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Easter: How to boil eggs to dye and why do we roll them?

Why not put on an egg rolling competition? (Picture: Getty)

The Easter weekend is here, so if you’re preparing crafts with the kids (or just want an excuse to buy some chocolate treats), why not put on an egg rolling competition?

With the UK still limited by lockdown restrictions, the bank holiday from Good Friday to Easter Monday might be a more muted one.

Decorating eggs can be the perfect Easter weekend activity, so find out exactly how to boil them here.

But what exactly is the history of egg-rolling, and how do you boil eggs to dye them?

How to boil eggs to dye

The first step for decorating eggs is to cook them – it’s best to make them hard-boiled. As you’re handling them, experts recommend this method:

  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan (don’t stack them, or they’ll crack), and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil over a medium heat.
  3. Remove the pan from the stove, and leave for around 10-15 mins.
  4. Submerge them in cold water – they’re now ready for decorating.

Painting easter eggs on a pink background

Get creative with your designs. (Picture: Getty)

If you want to decorate the shells, now if your time to get creative! Paint patterns, add stickers, and craft to your heart’s content.

For a more dramatic addition to the Easter meal, peel the shells and die the egg whites a range of colours – perfect for pastel deviled eggs on a salad.

Who started the first Easter egg roll?

Egg rolling in the UK has its roots in both Scotland and Lancashire, where ‘pace-egging’ – chasing decorated eggs down hills – has been an Easter activity for hundreds of years.

The name is thought to come from the Old English Pasch, which means Pesach or Passover.

Colorful Easter eggs in basket. Children gathering painted decoration eggs in spring park. Kids hunt for egg outdoors.

Head outdoors, and get rolling. (Picture: Getty)

Annual events have historically been held Avenham Park in Preston, at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, and other sites in Derbyshire and Cumbria.

The eggs were traditionally wrapped in onion skins and decorated, with children competing to get their’s the furthest.

Winners would get to eat their eggs, so it’s perhaps lucky that most competitions are done with chocolate eggs now.

In the US, Easter egg rolling is a more structured affair – taking place at the White House for children and their parents.

Eggs are pushed down hills with long-handed spoons, and the event often also includes an appearance from the Easter bunny.

Dolley Madison, the wife of President James Madison, introduced the activity in 1814.


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