Naturally Dyed Eggs
Egg dyeing is a fun way to celebrate Spring and the Easter holiday.
The tradition of egg-dying goes back as far as the Persians, who celebrated spring by dying eggs with plant-based dyes.
You can follow this tradition easily with just a few great dye bases, some of which may already be on hand.
You will need:
White eggs (or try brown, keeping in mind color results will vary), egg carton, stock pan(s), water, white vinegar, slotted spoon, and natural materials for dyeing (click for a table with dying options, or click image for a larger view):
Tape, string, rubber bands, cheese cloth squares, natural beeswax crayons to create designs on eggs, and vegetable oil for an extra sheen.
Hot Bath Method
Cold Bath Method
The process for cold dyeing is much the same as the hot method except the eggs and dyes are cooked separately.
Notes, Tips & Techniques
Colors may vary depending on steeping time and foods used to dye eggs.
The longer the eggs stay in the dye, the deeper the color will be; leaving the eggs in the dye for several hours or overnight (in the refrigerator) is recommended for achieving deep colors. Allow the liquid and eggs to cool before refrigerating and ensure that the eggs are completely submerged in the dye. Eggs will be speckled if the dye matter remains in the liquid. For more uniform colors, remove the dye matter from the liquid, by straining the liquid through a coffee filter, before refrigerating.
The flavor of the egg may change based on the dye, so if you plan to eat your dyed eggs, a shorter dye bath and fresh ingredients may be preferable.
Make a drying rack by cutting the bottom off an egg carton and turning it upside down.
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