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Natural Dyed Eggs

Monday, April 06, 2009

This year I'm making a couple of Easter baskets for a homeless shelter here in town. I can't wait to get started, so I've already begun experimenting with dyeing eggs (I'll make fresh ones closer to Sunday). Here's my first batch - hard boiled them:

(oh, and these were Eggland's Best eggs, and after I put them in the water I wondered if the little stamp they put on would show through the dye - it didn't)

Once the eggs come out of the water, I rubbed them with white vinegar using a paper towel, which is supposed to help the dye adhere to the shell.

A few of the eggs went into a pot of water with regular yellow onion skins. The eggs boiled with the onion skins for thirty minutes:

...and came out this pretty brown/terracotta color:

This is red cabbage. I pulled the leaves off of the cabbage hoping that more surface area would make the dye even stronger:

The cabbage boiled for an hour, and when I pulled the leaves out, it looked like so much of the color had drained out of them (& into the water! yay!):

Without any heat, I lowered the eggs into the red cabbage water and three hours later they were this *gorgeous* blue color:

The last experiment was with beets - chopped up into big pieces, boiled for thirty minutes, then lowered the eggs in and let them sit in the water without any heat for a little over an hour:

They turned this dusty pink color:

They all turned out really pretty, but I think the blue ones (from red cabbage) are my favorite:


I posted about this last year, but my friend Amy from North Mississippi celebrates Easter, and she makes *the* most gorgeous eggs.

She leaves her onion skin eggs in for longer that I did, and she gets them this color, which I like even better:


These are some that Amy does with red cabbage, except she leaves the eggs in the water overnight and gets this pretty, deep blue color:
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So pretty, and she loves to use her McCarty pottery to show them off! Nice!
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