How to Naturally Dye Eggs with Kitchen Scraps Spices and Tea Recipe makes a wonderfully display of colorful hues.
For the kids, having Easter eggs laying around is a wonderful thing, adding creativity and color to the landscape and excitement in the hunt. It is a holiday about fertility and abundance.
With homemade naturally dyed eggs, it is more personal and an array of colors found in nature. The dye will come from vegetables as it is quite concentrated and the eggs get a nice soak to absorb the tint only on the eggshell. Store bought chemical dye tabs used throughout my childhood were not intended to soak through hard boiled eggs, but they did every time. Now we all know the dangers of chemical dyes therefore, it make take more effort to create natural dyes nut it is worth it.
Get the following ingredients for various colors:
3 cup chopped purple cabbage for blue on white eggs and green on brown eggs
3 cup red onion skins for red
3 cup blueberries mashed for dark blue for white eggs and purple on brown eggs
3 cup yellow onion skins for orange on white eggs and rusty red on brown eggs
3 cup shredded beets for pink on white and maroon on brown eggs
3 tablespoons ground turmeric for yellow on white eggs
5 bags of Red Zinger tea for lovely lavender on white eggs
Chartreuse: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 5 seconds
Salmon: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes
Deep Gold: BOIL eggs in turmeric solution, 30 minutes
Royal Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature purple cabbage solution overnight.
*** Just add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar to every cup of dye; for a dozen eggs, use four cups of dye.
First, put water in a pan, starting making the dye, and put the water for a boil. Lower the heat and cover the pan for up to 30 minutes. It is finished when you see the dye a little bit darker. Take the pan off the burner to let the color dye cool, then drain it through a Mesh strainer into another pan, and add the white vinegar.
With the eggs set up, slowly pour the dye over them in what colors you want them and put into the fridge. When it is dry, shine with a bit of coconut oil for shine and leave them in the fridge until it is time to use them.
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