This year we dyed Easter eggs making homemade, natural dyes.
Many know of the dangers of chemical dyes like Red 40, so this seemed like a no-brainer to give a try!
I hard boiled pastured eggs from a local farmer so we had all brown eggs and one blue. No actual white colored eggs! I figured it would make for an extra interesting eggspiriment!
I had a whole list of different foods to use for dyes, but only 4 burners on my stove top!
I chose Parsley for a lime yellowish green dye
Red Cabbage for a blue dye
Spinach for a green dye
and Beets for a reddish orange dye [not pictured ... had to wait for eggs to finish!]
All I did was chop up the food(s) to fit in the pots and cover them with water.
I brought them to a boil, them covered the pots and let them simmer for a good hour.
Once they were done, I spooned our homemade dye into our 'dye holders' and added 1 tbsp of white vinegar per each cup of dye.
|Red Cabbage Dye|
|Red Cabbage Dye|
You will notice, one you add the vinegar, it alters your dye color. The red cabbage dye went from a dark blue to a pretty purple. The beet dye went from a red to an orange.
I didn't notice much change with the spinach, which I thought was already dull, and the parsley dye went from a neat neon green to a dull, almost clear color :/
We set the eggs into the dye and left them on the counter. Once the dyes cooled, I put them all into the fridge and let them sit overnight to really soak the color in.
In the morning, I was pretty impressed with our results. Remember, I used different shades of brown eggs and 1 light blue egg :) I think they turned out pretty neat! Nice & earthy!!
When we pulled them out of the dye, we took a Q-tip to them and were able to 'draw' designs on them while they were still wet.
Pretty neat, huh! I would say we will definitely dye our eggs like this from now on. I am interested to try other foods for dyes too; like wild violets and spices!
And hubby has decided we will most definitely need to get a few more chickens that lay white eggs!