Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter is almost here and I have been dyeing eggs. This year I'm using natural dyes and have found them just as easy, (not quite) as colourful, and healthier than artificial dyes.

Here is what I did:

I gathered up my dye ingredients. I used blueberry juice, turmeric and spinach for this batch.

Eggs were placed in a pan (single layer) with enough water to cover and added one tablespoon of vinegar to the water.

I then added my dyes. I didn't use any exact measures - just enough for what I figured would be effective. I think I put in 2 tsp of turmeric.

Bring the pans to a roiling boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
Rinse the eggs and then use some vegetable oil to polish.

Final product: - as you can see the turmeric and blueberry juice worked very well. The spinach did turn the eggs a very pale green, but I think I didn't use enough in the pot.

Other frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables you could use are:
Beet juice
Skins from red or regular onions
Pomegranate juice
Grape juice
Curry powder
Mustard powder
Red cabbage
Instant coffee
Lemon peels
Orange peels


the Bag Lady said...

Cool! The Bag Lady doesn't have little kids, so hasn't bothered with dying eggs in many years, but those look really interesting.

the green goober said...

Wow, the yellow ones turned out great! That is such a clever idea. We typically use the dye kits and stickers etc, I'm definitely trying this out next year though. How many eggs did you end up doing? I'm still eating egg salad left overs haha.

martha@matelasbonheur said...

IT's really cool I like it. I want to try. Cute yellow eggs :)