Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

I have always wanted to try using natural dyes for Easter Eggs yet last year I didn’t get time to try them and this year I made sure I made time to make some even though it was a bit rushed. We just got back from being in Oregon (which was absolutely amazing by the way) and I wanted to dye my eggs before the weekend. I have always wondered what was in those store bought egg dyes and couldn’t help but think that even though you just dye the egg shell, the egg shell has small pores which I may be assuming when I say this but the egg inside the shell probably absorbs the dyes you use. Then when you eat the egg you are probably consuming some of the dyes as well. Maybe I am paranoid but needless to say I am way happy with the results I had with the natural dyes and I had so much fun experimenting with them. I already can’t wait until next year to experiment more. It was so easy too, the only real pain was the cleanup afterwards and maybe the stinky cabbage smell, but since I put my eggs in mason jars and closed the lids it ended up not being as bad. I originally was going to post photos of the process but none of them came out good and they were all blurry (sorry my friends). I think next year I will try to get more in depth with the process, take a LOT more photos, and document the whole thing then share it with you of course!

There are cold methods of dying and hot methods. This time I mostly tried the hot/cooking method which worked out well with pretty much all of the eggs.  I didn’t have luck with the spinach dye and carrot dye. Even after soaking all my eggs overnight the spinach and carrots were still totally white.  So I ended up putting them in some other dyes which is why some of the colors are lighter than others. I think the large mason jars really helped the process since they were easy to store and I could close the lids. I even hauled them over to my moms house and let her pour some out for her own eggs, then brought them back without a hassle. I also learned some pretty cool tricks, like if you add baking soda to red cabbage it turns into a green/blue combination, it was so cool! I felt like I was doing science experiments in my kitchen! 😉

Oh and let your eggs dry on a plate not on napkins or paper towels. When I let some of mine dry on napkins, the napkins absorbed a good amount of the color (I will explain below)

A couple of things I want to do and try next year when dying eggs will be

1. Experiment with different dying times, overnight soaking achieves darker eggs etc. (with the red cabbage and vinegar eggs leaving them in there for a longer period makes them blue)

2. Experiment with more herbal dyes. I really loved how the hibiscus eggs, and the turmeric chamomile eggs turned out and am curious as to what other herbs can do

3. Try more combinations and different vegetables, fruits, and spices, and herbs for different colors

4. Trying some cold methods of dying

5. Using leaves and flowers for an imprint effect 🙂

6. Using naturally brown eggs as well as white ones. I personally love the more natural deeper egg colors and that’s usually easier to achieve with brown eggs

Here is what I used for each color;

 

All of the eggs were white and soaked overnight in the fridge in quart sized mason jars except for the turmeric, chamomile mixed with red cabbage, the lighter red cabbage vinegar, and the more vibrant beets and vinegar egg

Pour each boiled mixture into your mason jars, then add Vinegar and or baking soda and stir

1. Turmeric, Chamomile, Vinegar

          4 Tablespoons Turmeric

          1/2 cup dried Chamomile flowers (boiled in 3 cups water)

          2 Tablespoons Vinegar

2. Red Cabbage, Vinegar

          1/4 Red Cabbage Boiled for about 20 minutes (3 cups water)

          2 Tablespoons Vinegar

3. Blueberries, Vinegar

          1 cup frozen blueberries boiled in 3 cups water

          2 Tablespoons vinegar

4. Beets, Vinegar (if you notice above that some of the eggs I soaked in the beet mixture are more dull, this is because I let them dry on a napkin and the napkin absorbed the color somehow, so odd) (The brighter one I put on a plate to dry)

          3 Medium Beets cut up and boiled in 3 cups water

          2 Tablespoons Vinegar

5. Beets, Vinegar, Baking Soda (Careful when mixing because the baking soda and vinegar combo will foam a lot)

          1/2 Beet Boiled in 1 cup water (I just used some of the mixture above)

          1 Tablespoon Vinegar

          1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

6. Hibiscus, Vinegar

          1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers boiled in 3 cups water

          2 Tablespoons Vinegar

7. Red Cabbage Baking soda

         1/4 red cabbage chopped and boiled in 3 cups water

         1-2 Tablespoons Baking Soda

8. Blueberries, Chamomile, Vinegar

        1/4 cup dried Chamomile flowers

        1/4 cup frozen blueberries (boiled with the chamomile in 3 cups water)

        2 Tablespoons Vinegar

9. Blueberries, Baking Soda

        1/4 cup frozen blueberries boiled in 3 cups water

        1-2 Tablespoons Baking Soda

10. Turmeric, Chamomile, Vinegar mixed with Red Cabbage Vinegar

       (I soaked the egg in the red cabbage vinegar mixture for about 2 hours, then placed it in the turmeric chamomile mixture for another 2 hours)

 

Ok, So I hope this isn’t too confusing and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. Please also keep in mind that egg colors may always vary

Also, If you were wondering which egg was my favorite….

It was the blueberry, chamomile, vinegar one (the crazy looking dark green one below) The texture was so cool looking! Which combo did you like best?

Well I hope everyone has fun coloring eggs this year if you haven’t already, and I also hope you all have a spectacular, heart warming Easter!

 

-Ness

 

 

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