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Playing with Natural Dyes for Eggs

April 6, 2012



Inspired by this post and using these instructions, I decided to dye eggs again. Last year I tried it with food coloring. I’ve always wanted to try using foods as dye – have you?  I left all of these eggs overnight and it helped a ton – I checked them all after about an hour and there was hardly any difference(except in the batch with onion skins – they got some crazy saturation!) Also, the yellow was a bust. I tried carrots and then added orange skins for good measure and it didn’t work out well at all. Then I re-read the instructions and realized they said carrot tops, not carrots. The beets also didn’t turn out very saturated or red, but I tried to do them using the liquid from a can of beets and I think that was my biggest error. The dyes from the things I boiled and simmered on the stove did much better – the onions(used the whole onion and not just the peel and it still worked well) and red cabbage(my favorite!) and the carrots that were a bust. Grape juice also surprised me and worked out really well!

It was a project for me alone because of the spill potential and I like it that way – a lot. If you want to dye eggs with little kids, this might not be the best ever option.  The kids were around while I worked on it all, but the multiple pots boiling and transferring liquid dye from pots to bowls and dropping eggs in just wasn’t working for me with the kids trying to actively help. I did consider doing it outside in the grass, but it felt like an unnecessary step when they were perfectly happy with their pretend eggs and pots and pans. It feels good to have little projects going by myself lately.

With the eggs? Deviled Egg Salad: Chop up hard boiled eggs. Add a teeny tiny amount of mayo(I think that’s the trick to keeping it not too gloppy!) – I think I used about 1 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, salt and pepper and paprika. I put mine on a wrap with lettuce, sliced onions and crushed a few chips on top for some crunch, I have egg salad texture issues and this helps, just in case you’re in the same not-liking-egg-salad-texture boat, but have a lot of eggs to eat and some chips floating around!

{P.S. – When I went to find links for eggs, I stumbled across this post. Look how little they are! That was right around when I first started to work on getting my camera out of auto. Look at what a difference 2 years makes!}

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2012 12:10 pm

    Love the idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. April 6, 2012 12:20 pm

    I used to use onion skins all the time, but I saw a post about other natural dyes on Bon Appetit and I was tempted to try some for the Orthodox Easter next weekend. I hope to have time to do it!

  3. angelika05 permalink
    April 9, 2012 12:39 pm

    OMG that picture of toddling Nick on the older post is just TOO much cuteness!

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