I can’t believe I am writing this post while there is 3 inches of snow on the ground, but it is that time of year to color eggs for Easter. I am getting a head start because this year I wanted to try coloring my eggs with food items instead of the dye that is sold for coloring eggs. I don’t think I really have to worry too much about the chemicals getting through the shells if I chose to use the typical dye used for coloring eggs but why not use natural food items if I can. It was so easy and the food used was eaten for dinner tonight.
Some foods worked better than others and I was surprised with the colors I actually wound up with. I probably didn’t let the eggs sit long enough but I was doing this with a two year old’s “help”. For the most part, each egg sat for about 10 minutes. I am sure the colors could have been darker if I put them in the refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight.
Boil your eggs in advance and add some vinegar to the water so the color sticks better. I make hard boiled eggs by placing them in a pot of COLD water. As soon as the eggs come to a boil, cover for ten minutes. Immediately drain and cool in cold water. Dry eggs completely before coloring. I boiled my eggs the day before.
Onion Skins = GOLD
Peel the outer layer of skins from a yellow onion and place in a glass bowl. Pour boiling water over skins and wrap around egg in bowl and soak for 10 minutes.
Coffee = BROWN
Make a strong pot of coffee and soak the egg in the coffee. Easy!!
Curry Powder = YELLOW (speckled)
Pour boiling water over 2 tbs of curry powder. Soak for at least ten minutes.
Cayenne Pepper = ORANGE (speckled)
Pour boiling water over 2 tbs of cayenne pepper. Soak for at least ten minutes.
Blueberries = BLUE PURPLE SWIRL
This was my favorite!!! Smash up 1/2 cup of blueberries, pour some boiling water to get the colors going. Turn the egg around quite a bit. Soak for at least 5 minutes.
Beets = PINK
Peel and slice fresh beets. I used 3. Use enough water to cover the beets. Boil for about 10 minutes. Pour the water out to a glass bowl and soak egg for at least 20 minutes. This may need more time in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight.
Red Cabbage = BLUE (YES, That’s right! BLUE!!!)
This one surprised me.
Slice up a head of red cabbage, add enough water to cover cabbage and boil for about 10 minutes. Add vinegar during the last 2 minutes of boiling. Pour water into glass bowl and soak for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. The eggs will be purple at first but will dry a powder blue. Oh and cabbage makes a great side dish. Don’t get rid of it.
Frozen Grape Juice = PURPLE/BLUE
Soak egg in straight frozen grape juice concentrate. I used about 1/2 of the container and used the rest to make juice. You only need to soak the egg for about 5 minutes. It’s a bit sticky when it dries.
Spinach = GREEN
This was a flop. I used frozen spinach and I think I need to use fresh. It was a little green however. I boiled the spinach and soaked the egg in the water and spinach.
I am doing this again next week with the 7 year old. I would love to hear any suggestions anyone has. My 7 year old was underwhelmed with the colors and wanted something a little more vibrant. Hopefully she will have a bit more patience than my 2 year old and we will be able to let the eggs sit a little longer.
At least I have a head start on the eggs for my Easter Pie.