April is that month where families join together in festivities to celebrate the amazing holiday we call Easter! I want to share with you how you can make home-made natural
egg dyes in case you and your family will be coloring eggs in the next couple of weeks! Although it does take longer and is quite the process, it is always more meaningful to make anything from scratch!
- Hard boiled eggs (preferably white eggs since they take on the dyes better than brown eggs)
- White vinegar (2 Tablespoons for every quart of water)
- Pots and bowls
- egg cartoons for drying dyed eggs
- stickers, string, rubber bands, leaves, crayons for making interesting patterns (optional)
- Ingredients to make your dyes:
- RED: 3 cans of beets in cranberry juice (instead of water), cherries, or red onion skins (more than for purple)
- PINK: frozen cherries, beets, red grape juice, cranberry juice, or frozen raspberries
- RED-ORANGE: 3 tablespoons of chili powder
- ORANGE: yellow onion skins
- YELLOW: 3 tablespoons of turmeric, orange peel, lemon peel, carrot tops, or cumin
- GREEN: a mix of spinach leaves, canned blueberries and their juice and a few tablespoons of turmeric
- BLUE: 3/4 of a head of red cabbage (chopped) and/or canned blueberries
- GREY BLUE: 2 cans of blueberries and their juice
- GREY: frozen cherries mixed with blueberries
- PURPLE: red onion skins
- BROWN: strong brewed coffee
- Bring ingredients for desired color to a boil and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. (In general, use up to 4 cups of vegetable solids and 3–4 tablespoons of spices per quart of water and vinegar.)
- Strain solids out of the dye.
- Place eggs in a single layer in a large, non-aluminum pan.
- Add the dyeing ingredient of your choice—it’s best not to add the eggs until you are comfortable with the colors you perfected by experimenting.
- Cover the eggs and other dyeing agent(s) with one inch of water.
- Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per quart to help the color adhere to the egg, and bring to a boil.
- Next, simmer on lower heat for 20–30 minutes or until the desired shade is achieved. (If you cook the eggs full blast for longer than 15 minutes, they will become tough.)
COLD METHOD (good if doing with kids or eating them immediately)
- Once the ingredients have simmered for 20-30 minutes, lift or strain the ingredients out of the water and allow the water to cool to room temperature.
- Submerge the eggs until the desired color is achieved. (Eggs can be kept in solution overnight as long as it is refrigerated).
Some helpful and important tips:
- use frozen or canned ingredients to be more economical. Mash up fruits and experiment with quantities as you go.
- The longer the egg is in the dye, the deeper the hue will be.
- Vinegar will help deepen the color
- Naturally dyed eggs take longer to absorb color
- The ingredient you use may make the egg taste like it!
- To put patterns on your eggs, wet a leaf or other desired shape item, apply to egg, and carefully wrap egg in a piece of old pantyhose. Secure with a twist tie before placing in the dye bath to keep your pattern secure. Unwrap after you remove the egg from dye, and remove the item used for your pattern to reveal your design.
Mel. “Dirty Hippie Easter Eggs (Organic Egg Dyes!) | Cast Iron & Wine.” Cast Iron Wine. N.p., 23 Mar. 2013. Web. 07 Apr. 2014. <http://castironandwine.com/dirty-hippie-easter-eggs/>.
Happy Egg Dying! :)
With love, peace & gratitude,