Did you know that you probably have everything you need to dye Easter eggs naturally, right there in your kitchen cupboard? Vegetables such as red cabbage, onion skins, and coffee can be used to color plain white eggs and turn them into beautifully muted, soft pastel colors - Easter treasures! Kids really enjoy figuring out what color different materials will produce -- pretty much the same way our foremothers did when they were experimenting with homegrowns! *Vinegar acts as a dye mordant or dye set. Vinegar works best with spices such as turmeric or beans such as coffee. You do not need to add vinegar to dyes made with berries or herbs. It may morph your color to grey or brown.
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NATURAL COLOR SOURCES
- 1/2 cup paprika (PEACHY SALMON)
- 1 cup lavender flowers (LIGHT GREEN)
- 1 cup canned cherries in syrup (RED)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (PINK)
- 4 cups chopped red cabbage (BLUE)
- 1 cup canned blueberries, with syrup (BLUE)
- 1 teaspoon blue chamomile essential oil (ROBIN'S EGG BLUE)
- 3 ounces dried safflower oil, petals (BRIGHT YELLOW - DARK GREEN)
- 3 tablespoons turmeric (YELLOW)
- 1 1/2 cups calendula flowers, and heads (YELLOW)
- 12 medium onions, skins only (YELLOW to ORANGE)
- 1 (2 ounce) can beets (PURPLE)
- 1/2 cup purple grape juice concentrate (PURPLE)
- 1/2 cup green tea, plus
- 1/2 cup ground rubbed sage (LIGHT GREEN)
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves (GREEN)
- 5 tablespoons very strong well regular grind coffee (TAN-BROWN)
- 1Other items you will need:-MATERIALS NEEDED: three-quart pot/s (or larger), slotted spoon, small bowls- for cold process, paper towels drying rack DYE PROCESS.
- 2Select a natural dyeing agent, and place the recommended amount in the pot.
- 3Add 1 quart of soft or purified water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar* per pot.
- 4If you are making larger lots of eggs, increase the vinegar at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 16 oz.
- 6Bring everything to the boil, then lower the heat.
- 7Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
- 8Strain dye into a bowl, and let cool a bit.
- 10HOT PROCESS EGG DYING:.
- 11This method involves boiling the eggs in water with the natural colorant.
- 12The heat forces the color into the porous egg shell and allows the dye to saturate it thoroughly.
- 13This gives a really intense and completely uniform color to the shells.
- 14Vinegar fixes the color.
- 15Vinegar can"morph" certain colors, such as berries and herbs.
- 16Place raw eggs in a pot of strained dye; bring to a boil and allow eggs to cook in the dye-water for the amount of time required to get the color you want, up to 20 minutes.
- 17You can allow the eggs to sit in the dye water off the heat for as long as you wish, but place the eggs and dye-water in the refrigerator.
- 18Remove eggs, pat dry with paper towel and allow to thoroughly air dry on a drying rack.
- 19COLD PROCESS EGG DYING:.
- 20This is the method I use most with my kids.
- 21First, we boil our white eggs, remove from water and set aside to cool.
- 22With the slotted spoon, carefully lower the eggs into the bowl of strained dye and allow to soak for 20 mins to overnight, til you reach the color intensity desired.
- 23Follow drying technique for hot process egg dyeing, above.
- 24You can, of course, mix colors.
- 25First, dip or soak your egg in color#1, then remove soak in color#2, til you reach the desired shade.
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Nutritional Facts for Elegant Easter Eggs
Serving Size: 1 (667 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 489.5
- Calories from Fat 227
- Total Fat 25.3 g
- Saturated Fat 4.2 g
- Cholesterol 372.2 mg
- Sodium 161.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 55.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 11.8 g
- Sugars 29.7 g
- Protein 16.6 g
The following items or measurements are not included:
purple grape juice concentrate
regular grind coffee