Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

Jessica Magee is one Adventurous Woman! She was kind enough to invite Jen Snow and myself over to learn how to dye eggs the natural way! I wanted to share this VERY cool lesson with everyone because I was really surprised at how awesome they came out!

Tools For The Job

  • White Eggs (preferably from cage free, humanely treated chickens)

  • Multiple pots

  • White Vinegar

  • Bowls or Jars for Dipping

  • Slotted Spoon

  • Spoon or Tongs for Egg Retrieval

The following are the recipes on how to make certain colors. We took eggs straight from the fridge, covered them in water, dye ingredients, and added 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar depending on volume. Brought to a boil, the let simmer for 20 minutes. We let the eggs cool in the dye so we could pour another drink for ourselves.

Blue: Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks. Add cabbage to 4 cups of boiling water and stir in 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Let cool to room temperature, then remove. (The cabbage gave the eggs a really neat marbleized look)

Green: Combine a scant teaspoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 2-3 tablespoons of chopped red cabbage with about a cup of hot water. (This was my favorite)

Magenta Red: Mix 4 tablespoons of beets (we used a can) with a cup of cranberry juice. Bring to a boil and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. This will create a speckled design. (This dye made the darkest color)

Peach-Orange: Combine 1 large handful of onion skin with 1 cup of water. Simmer for 20 minutes and then add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and bring to room temperature. ( This made a very cool color)

** There are many, many different types of dyes to make... so experiment and show us yours!**

Tah Dah!

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