4.18.2014

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

I'll be the first to admit to my lack of artistic ability. Which is why egg dying is typically a frustrating process. They just never turn out the way I want. So this year, I made sure that I wouldn't be the reason for an ugly egg. These naturally dyed eggs were three things: easy, time-consuming and unpredictable. But overall, we were very pleased with the outcome.

Our ingredients:
and also frozen raspberries.

The process:
Chop up your ingredients, and put two cups of each in separate sauce pans. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and two cups of water (or enough to cover) to each sauce pan. Then bring each to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.

Then you have 3 options:
1. You can reduce the heat, add an uncooked egg, and return to a boil for 10-12 minutes. The veggies will give your egg an interesting texture and deep color. Results will definitely vary.
2. You can strain the dye, reduce heat, add an uncooked egg, and return to a boil for 10-12 minutes. This will create a deeper color, without the unpredictable texture.
3. You can strain the dye then add a boiled egg. Leave it in for 30 minutes and then put it in another color, or leave it in the dye overnight (make sure to refrigerate).

Once dyed, place eggs on a wire rack to dry. To add shine, rub a little bit of olive oil on each egg. And you're done!

Our Results
The blues are mostly from being in the cabbage overnight, but the light one was places in beet for 30 minutes then in cabbage for 30 minutes.
The reds are mostly from being in the beets overnight, with the exception of the messy egg, which was cooked with the beets. The dark one is actually a brown egg. It surprised us!
These are our experimental eggs. The two sponged-looking ones were in the raspberry overnight. The darker one was transferred to the cabbage after the raspberry. The egg on the left was in kale overnight (which showed no results) then placed in the beet for 30 minutes, followed by cabbage for 15 minutes.

These eggs are all about experimenting. We had so much fun making them and seeing the beautiful results.

*Tips:
  • The spots on the blue eggs are a result of adding a little olive oil to the dye before letting the egg rest in it.
  • The kale and raspberries did not yield the results we wanted, but yours could be entirely different.

Happy Easter,
S. Roderick

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