Natural-Dye Easter Eggs

A very big part of living this self-sufficient lifestyle is using what you have on hand, rather than going to the store.

I wish I could say that I always make everything from scratch, handmade & homemade but in truth, this journey is one that must be taken a step at a time.  If you try to change every single thing you do at once, you will be completely overwhelmed in the first two days.  I make it my goal to take on 1-2 new things per month that work towards our goals of self-sufficiency.

This month, it was dyeing Easter eggs with natural dyes from food items that we already had in the kitchen.Easter Egg3.JPG

 

It was a very fun experiment to say the least.  There are many methods out there on Pinterest and believe me, most of your results will differ from theirs.  That’s the fun part, right?  In fact, I had one color that another blogger said she expected to be pink, but it turned out green.  But when I tried it… purple.  Super fun!

In our post today, I’ll break down the method rather than giving specific recipes.  The reason being that you should have the freedom to use what you have on hand, experiment and as I said before, results will vary.

The basic method is this:

1. Cover food (dye ingredient) in water, in a pan and place on the stove top.

2. Simmer for 1 hour(ish) until desired color is reached. ( Remember that the egg will end up a few shades lighter than the color of your dye, so you’ll need to account for that.)

3. Strain into containers and cool.

4. After dye has cooled, add 1 Tbl white vinegar per cup of dye.

5.  Add boiled eggs to dye and leave over night.  This was the hardest part for the tiny humans who are used to the instant gratification of store bought dye.  But the next morning, it was all worth the wait.  They were SO excited to see what came out of those jars!

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He’s such a good Daddy, isn’t he?

6.  The next morning, take the eggs out of the dye and drain on upside down egg cartons.

 

 

I made up 7 batches of dye.  I’ll show you what it looked like for us.

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Purple Cabbage (Blue)

  1. Shred approximately 1/2 of a red or purple cabbage
  2. Cover with  1/2 inch of water.
  3. Simmer for 1-2 hours.
4. Strain into jar or container and cool.
5.  Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar per cup of liquid.
Blueberries (mottled grey)
1.  Cover frozen blueberries with approximately 1/2 inch of water.
2.  Simmer until desired color is reached.

Easter Egg73. Strain into jar or container and cool.

4.  Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar per cup of liquid.

Onion Skins & Ends (Orange)

  1. Peel onions.
  2. Dice onions and save for fixin’ Easter supper.
  3. Cover with approximately 1/2 inch of water.
  4. Simmer until desired color is reached.

5.  Strain into jar or container and cool.

6.  Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar per cup of liquid.

Beets (Mauve/Pink)

  1. Peel & Chop (I think grating the beets might have resulted in a prettier pink)
  2. Cover with approximately 1/2 inch of water.
  3. Simmer until desired color is reached.

4.  Strain into jar or container and cool.

5.  Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar per cup of liquid.

When using herbs & spices, the method changes a bit.

  1. Measure herb or spice into jar.
  2. Add Boiling Water.
  3. Let steep until desired color is reached.
  4. Strain into jar or container and cool.
  5. Add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar per cup of liquid
Turmeric (white eggs- bright yellow or brown eggs- gold)

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Hibiscus (Theoretically pink, though mine resulted in a mottled purple (I left the herbs in the jar to get the cool mottled pattern.)  However this is also the one that resulted in green for another blogger.  I think it depends on the container you use perhaps?  I make a Hibiscus tea for my girls instead of giving them Kool-Aid and if I add their magnesium powder to the tea it will turn green.)

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Add your boiled eggs to the dye jars and refrigerate a few hours or over night.  The longer you let it sit, the darker your results will be.

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Notes:

  • Check out this fool proof method of NOT boiling your eggs.  Trust me, it works like a charm.
  • You can order bulk high quality Turmeric & Hibiscus from Bulk Herb Store HERE.

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.

 

 

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