Sunday, April 8, 2012

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Store bought kits make dyeing Easter eggs a cinch, but you can also dye them naturally with a few ingredients you might already have at home. Part of the fun of using naturally dyes is that your eggs will truly be unique, each one a surprise.

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

  1. Hard boil white eggs. Brown eggs, obviously, will alter the colors making your final product not so pretty. Since the goal is to later eat the hard-boiled eggs, you might want to follow these tips for boiling eggs that are easy to peel and eat.

  2. Select natural dyes. Beautiful, vibrant colors can be found right in your kitchen. To make red, we recommend using beets. Turmeric will give you a nice yellow color. And, surprisingly, red cabbage will give you a blue hue for your your eggs.

  3. Follow the basic recipe. Heat 1 quart of water in a saucepan with 1 Tbsp. white vinegar and 1 Tbsp of salt. Stir in the ingredient you will use for coloring and continue to simmer from 10 to 30 minutes until the water reaches the color you want.

  4. Leave the egg in the colored water until you're happy with the color. Some pigments are absorbed by the egg's shell more quickly than others. So be patient, you may need to leave eggs in the natural dye for up to 60 minutes for best color saturation.

  5. Experiment with colors. Add different ingredients to change up the dye color, or try double-dipping your eggs. What happens when you dye the eggs in the beet mixture and then the cabbage mixture? Will red and blue pigments give you a purple egg?

Do you use natural dyes? What ingredients give you the boldest colors?

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