Post from the Past:
With Easter fast approaching I have been thinking about how to dye our eggs this year.
I have found many great articles and How To posts but I am still not sure that I am going to "go natural" with the egg dying this year.
I found this article on About.com. for using natural dyes:
- Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan
- Add water until the eggs are covered
- Add ~ one teaspoon of vinegar.
- Add the natural dye (see below) using more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color
- Bring water to a boil
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes
- If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid.
- If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid
- Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs)
- Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight
Violet Blue: Violet blossoms with a small quantity of red onions skins
Blue: Canned blueberries boiled with red cabbage leaves or just purple grape juice
Green: Boiled spinach leaves
Greenish Yellow: Boiled yellow & delicious apple peels
Yellow: Orange Peels, Lemon Peels, Carrot Tops, Celery Seed, Ground Cumin, or Ground Turmeric
Brown: Strong coffee, instant coffee, or black walnut shells
Orange: Yellow onion skins
Pink: Beets, cranberries, raspberries, red grape juice, or juice from pickled beets
Red: Lots of red onions skins
You can use fresh and frozen berries as 'paints', too. Simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs.
Try coloring on the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them.
Here is this one on FamilyFun.com:
- Pink: Mix 1 cup strained juice from canned beets, ½ teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water. Soak cooled eggs in the dye for ½ hour.
- Purple: Mix 1 cup purple grape juice, ½ teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water. Soak cooled eggs in the dye for ½ hour.
- Orange: In a pot, mix 1 cup loosely packed yellow onion skin (about 2 onions' worth), 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water. Boil mixture for ½ hour, cool to room temperature, strain out the onion skins, then add cooled eggs and soak them in the dye for ½ hour.
- Light Blue: In a pot, mix 1 cup torn and loosely packed red cabbage leaves, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water. Boil mixture for ½ hour, cool to room temperature, strain out the cabbage leaves, then add cooled eggs and soak them in the dye for ½ hour.
- Yellow: In a pot, mix 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water. Boil mixture for ½ hour, cool to room temperature, strain out stray turmeric grains, then add cooled eggs and soak them in the dye for ½ hour.
Some problems that I have with these natural methods are:
- The amount of food that is used to make the dyes
- The time that it would take to make the dyes
- The amount of time that it would take to dye the eggs. (I really doubt that my kids would let an egg sit in a dye for half an hour. Heck, I couldn't wait half an hour to get my egg out. And what about the fun of multi colored eggs?)
- The lack of participation by my kids (I don't really want them dropping eggs into boiling spinach)
- The amount of pots and pans I would need (and are they going to be stained too?)
- Did I mention the amount of food
We usually use the eggs to make things like deviled eggs, potato salad, potato salad sandwiches, or we just eat the hard boiled egg. If we used all these food items to dye the eggs would the eggs taste like the food?
I don't know about you but I don't want to eat a hard-boiled egg that tastes like coffee (no matter how much I love coffee).
Worse yet, how would the potato salad taste if I used the coffee & beet dyed eggs to make it?
I just don't think my family or I am ready for natural egg dyeing this year. Sorry. I am just not there yet.
What about you? Do you think you and your family will try a natural dying method for your Easter eggs this year?