Dying Eggs With Natural Food Dyes

My friend Mary is really inspiring to me. She and her family have switched to a vegetarian diet, she is eliminating toxins from their life, and now she just took things to a whole new level. She died Easter eggs using food! Why didn’t I think of that?

So I took a cue from Mary and tried my own food dyes.

I have a really great juicer, but my juicer happens to be in the trunk of the car that Brian took to work today. I think juicing the fruits and vegetables would have produced a much stronger color, but I was reduced to boiling for this experiment.

I had eggs from my parents’ chickens, which are mostly brown, some speckled, and a few Araucana greens. The green eggs we just left as-is, as boiling kale did NOT produce green water. Spinach might have worked, but I didn’t have spinach on hand, so there you have it. Work with what you’ve got, right?

I baked the eggs in the oven, a trick I learned from Pepper. Just place your eggs in a muffin tin (the mini muffin tin seemed to work best for me), and bake at 325 F for 30 minutes. I put all the smallest eggs in one tray, and the larger eggs in a separate tray, then pulled the smaller eggs out of the oven a few minutes before the larger eggs. Here’s another tutorial on baking eggs.

hard "boiled" eggs, baking in the oven ©MostlyMommyhood

Once out of the oven, immerse the eggs in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. This method takes longer than boiling, but it removed all the guesswork from the process, and I worked on making the dyes while the eggs were in the oven. Easy peasy.

baked eggs, getting an ice bath ©MostlyMommyhood

Once the eggs are cooled, I immersed them in the different color dye baths, and put in the refrigerator for about a half-hour.

brown eggs taking a beet-red bath ©MostlyMommyhoodRED/PINK DYE
• 1 beet, cut into pieces
• 3 cups of water, boiling
• 2 tablespoons of vinegar
Boil for about 10 minutes, then let steep until cool

• 3 cups of water, boiling
• 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
• 2 tablespoons vinegar
Boil for about 10 minutes, then let steep until cool

• 3 cups of water, boiling
• 1/2 pint of blueberries
Boil for about 10 minutes, then let steep until cool

Over-all, these dyes are pretty, but on brown eggs and with boiled instead of juiced dyes, the eggs all turned out looking like rocks. This made the egg-hunt in our front yard more challenging, which I guess is a good thing.

I plan to try this again next year, and this time I’ll make sure the juicer is in the kitchen where it belongs! :)

The kids didn’t seem to mind the weirdly-colored eggs at all.

Dyed Easter Eggs, using natural food dyes ©MostlyMommyhoodThe green eggs are just the Araucana eggs, baked hard but not dyed.

Easter egg hunt treasure map ©MostlyMommyhood

Anna made a helpful treasure map for where we should hide the eggs, and then handed it to the neighbors to use to find them! So creative.

Easter egg hunt in the fairy garden ©MostlyMommyhood

Natural food-dyed Easter eggs in a nest at the top of our Fairy Hut ©MostlyMommyhood

Eggs in a nest at the top of our Fairy Hut

Neighborhood Easter egg hunt gang, 2013 ©MostlyMommyhood

neighbor gang, post-hunt

I just love Eric’s expression in the picture



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