Friday, February 16, 2018

Egg-ceptionally Colorful

Now that we are officially into the season of Lent, Easter is just around the corner. And one of the many symbols of Easter is the egg. Specifically the colored egg. But if you lived in Switzerland you wouldn't have to wait until Easter to have colored eggs. They sell them in the grocery store. Every. Day. Of. The.Year.
We noticed these in August.














The colored eggs are called "Schwiezer Pic-Nic Eier" or Swiss Picnic Eggs.






















Guess why they are colored? Because they are hard boiled! Nothing worse than cracking an egg to make an omelette only to find it hard boiled instead of raw. But both the raw eggs and the "Pic-Nic" eggs are sold on the regular grocery aisle shelves, not in the refrigerated section. We're not sure if it's necessary, but we do refrigerate our eggs when we get them home.

Nice to know that come Easter (or any day of the year) we can have lovely hard boiled eggs without the house smelling like vinegar and Paas color tabs staining our table. The Swiss are so thoughtful.

Today's poem is not exactly colorful, but hopefully you will enjoy the yolk:

 eggs over difficult
scrambled  

©2018, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

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    1. I know, Liz! We were so puzzled when we first saw them. We thought at first it was a one-off thing, but they are there day in and day out. It is always the right time for colored hard boiled eggs in Switzerland. =)

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  2. What an interesting thing, to have them all the year! I thought they did need refrigeration, hmm.

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    1. I agree, Linda! Refrigeration is a must I think. The only thing I can figure is that they turn over the stock often enough that they don't go bad on the shelf. Maybe?

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  3. I think if they are fresh and eaten relatively soon, they don't need refrigeration. Someone once gave me fresh eggs and I asked if I needed to get them home and in the fridge and she said nope, since she had just gotten them from the hens.

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    1. Yeah, the fresh eggs here are really fresh and with what looks like very little handling from farm to store. Many times we've had feathers stuck to our eggs.

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  4. Do the Swiss put the colored eggs in baskets for Easter? Or only in pic-nic baskets?

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    1. I'm not sure, but suspect that they do. I've seen a couple of egg trees recently - eggs on ribbons hanging from leaf-less tree branches. Spring has not sprung here yet, so the eggs are quite noticeable.

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