Teaster Egg TEAG™ Hand Carved Decorative Egg Shell Tea Infusers. Brew yourself a cup of tea then air dry your freshly tea stained egg to use as an ornament! Shown here are Orange Rooibus, Ginger Spice, Hibiscus Berry and Jasmine Green.
A Fun Twist to Tea Stained Eggs
Coloring eggs with tea has become quite popular at Easter. Shells take on lovely pale hues when soaked in most any variety of tea. But with so much tea spent in coloring, I thought, why waste the tea? Why not drink it as well? So I hatched an idea to make “Teaster Eggs”, or something I now call TEAG™s.
TEAGs are organic egg shells that have been decoratively hand carved into tea infusers and filled with organic whole leaf tea. Instead of a “tea bag” you have a “tea egg”. Simply pour hot water over the tea egg and let brew in the glass. While your tea steeps, it naturally stains your egg. When you are finished with your tea you are left with a pretty colored egg ornament! I like to hang mine from my kitchen window.
TEAG™ Egg Shell Tea Infusers come with tea inside. Tea naturally stains egg a color as it brews.
I had so much fun with the packaging and creating my own blends. I can’t wait to hand these out as Easter gifts! I’m particularly fond of my half dozen set. I have an Aunt and Uncle the are real tea buffs and I know they are going to love this one.
TEAG Half Dozen Tea Egg Assortment Gift
How do I get the tea inside the egg?
I get my eggs from tea fed chickens. Ha ha, joke. I fill the eggs through the larger hole at the top using a wide mouth decorating icing tip as a funnel. Most all my tea blends are whole leaf so they don’t find their way out of the smaller strainer holes.
Doesn’t the hot water break the egg?
No. When you hard boil an egg it is common for cracks to occur because the contents inside expand from heat pushing up against shell wall. Since TEAGs are full of holes, little pressure is created that might cause cracking. Egg shells are fragile of course, so if you drop a TEAG, it will break. That being said, I do use organic, free range eggs for all of my TEAGs as I find them to have stronger shell walls and are less fragile then other brands.
Making a cup of TEAG™, shown here in Hibiscus Berry. Tea naturally stains egg a color as it brews!
These not only make unique Easter gifts but lovely for wedding and baby showers too. I can’t wait to sell TEAG on Etsy! If you are interested in placing an order, send me a note via my contact page and I will put you on the mail list to let you know when my shop is up and running.
TEAG™ Hand Carved Egg Shell Tea Infuser in Hibiscus Berry. Brew yourself a cup of tea then air dry your freshly tea stained egg to use as an ornament.
Make Your Own Teaster Eggs
If you are a crafty type and have a Dremel tool, you might want to try making your own egg shell tea infusers. The basic process:
1. Hollow out eggs
Using a Dremel, drill a tiny pin hole in bottom of egg and a larger 1/4″on top. Standing over a bowl, blow eggs out through tiny hole at bottom allowing contents to come out larger hole at end. Save eggs for omelettes. Eggs have a thin lining on the inside that needs to come out. I use a small, soft bottle brush to do this but a toothpick works fine as well. Just stick a toothpick in through the top and give it a quick turn scraping along inside of shell. Fill with egg with water and blow out once more. You should see the lining come out in the bowl. Let shells dry on clean towel before carving.
2. Decoratively Carve Shell
Working in a well ventilated area, use a Dremel to drill to a pattern of tiny holes over egg being careful not to drill holes too close or in a way that compromises shell strength. Be sure that bottom 1/4th of egg has the most holes so when you go to make tea, hot water easily finds it’s way in so it can steep tea leaves properly.
3. Clean and Disinfect
Thoroughly clean, disinfect and rinse carved egg shells. I use a mild bleach and water solution to disinfect but you can use hot water with a tablespoon of vinegar if you don’t wish to work with bleach. Fill a large bowl with hot water solution and gently add eggs, letting them soak for 30 minutes. Drain eggs and let air dry completely on clean towel before filling.
4. Filling Eggs
Different teas will stain eggs different colors with some staining faster and more effectively than others. The teas I find to give the most dramatic results are Hibiscus, Rooibus, dried berries, coarsely grated Turmeric (which I pair with Ginger or a Spice tea for taste), Black teas and some Green. If you fill an egg with enough for 2-3 cups, your egg should color itself nicely in first brewing. For stronger color, brew a second cup and let egg sit for up to an hour. Fill eggs with tea leaves through the top hole using a small, wide mouth decorating icing tip as a funnel. If you don’t have an icing tip you can make your own funnel with paper. Make sure you use tea leaves that are no smaller than the holes drilled in your egg. I use whole leaf tea for all my TEAG blends.
5. Add Hang Tags
Cut 6 inch strands of cotton string and attached hang tags on one end. On the other end of your string tie a 1/2″ snipped bit of toothpick. Insert the toothpick end inside the top hole of the egg so the string won’t come out when you pull the string.
6. Boxing Tea Eggs
Wrap finished eggs in wax paper or plastic wrap to keep tea leaves fresh and stick in rigid carton or box to protect for gift giving. Be sure to include a little note explaining how to use your tea egg.
Brewing Instructions: Pour make tea, gently place egg in cup. Pour 8 oz of hot water over tea egg and let steep 2-5 minutes stirring occasionally before removing egg. Depending on the tea you use, the egg should take on a pale color at this time. For stronger color, brew a second cup and let egg sit for up to an hour. Air dry egg thoroughly before hanging.
Have fun making tea eggs and be sure to send me any pics of your creations!
TEAG™ Hand Carved Egg Shell Tea Infuser in Orange Rooibus
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