Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Naturally Dyed Eggs


If these eggs were smaller, I think we could hide them in a Robin's nest! Who knew that cabbage could produce such a robin's egg blue? I've always wanted to try dying eggs naturally and this was such a fun experiment. I hope you have fun with this, too! Click below for full tutorial...


Supplies:
1 head Red Cabbage, shred
1 T. Vinegar
3 C. Water

How to:
Cabbage: Shred one head of red cabbage. Set cabbage in pan to boil.Cover cabbage with water (add more if necessary). 

- Cover the pot and boil for 45 minutes to one hour.
- Remove pot from the heat and strain the cabbage out of the mixture.
- Add vinegar to this strained dye bath and let cool. Once cool, add eggs. For more intense color, leave in the cooled dye bath longer.
TIP: Since we wanted to have hollowed eggs, they floated. In order to get better coverage, we set the eggs in a mason jar and poured the dye bath over the eggs, covering them completely. If any eggs were floating, we'd turn the mason jar upside down in order to cover all eggs evenly. To reach the above color, we bathed the eggs overnight.

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8 comments:

  1. How beautiful!! We did the Cabbage too, and after letting the eggs soak overnight the blue was so bright! We also did the Tumeric powder and the Beets.. so fun, and such nice colors! Take a peek if you would like:
    http://fitkidsclub.blogspot.com/2012/04/clubhouse-easter-eggs-au-naturel.html

    We're going to do more eggs today, and go for that lighter blue color you achieved. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for coming by and also taking the time to comment. Oh, I'm so curious! I'm going to come on by... We are also flying through eggs today! Once you start, it's hard to stop.
      Beets: I was tempted to add a second color but needed to simplify this year. I don't know if you already do this (or saw my posting from yesterday) but I actually colored cupcakes with beet juice, instead of using artificial colors. I was so happy about this. I'm hooked on nature!

      cupcakes: http://www.willowday.com/2012/04/naturally-pink-cupcakes.html

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    2. I was thinking about how many other things one could color with all of these natural colors! I actually stashed a couple of jars of leftover color in the fridge for later use. Cupcakes, now that sounds pretty AND delicious! :)

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    3. I love it! I did the same! The only thing with the cupcakes was that you use only beets or beet juice; I colored the eggs with cabbage with cabbage & vinegar= pungent!

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  2. HOw cool! I would NEVER have guessed that you got that pretty blue from cabbage.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Me, too! I couldn't believe the color. I did it with our kids and it was like a mad experiment. They loved the process and I love the results!

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  3. My Ukrainian grandmother used to dye boiled eggs using brown onion skins, it makes a lovely color, but brown, of course. I think she just saved the skins as she peeled onions in the weeks before Easter and then used them all. But your blue is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for this. Lucky you -- having such a tradition in your family. The color from onion skins is beautiful. I'f love to see more Ukrainian work. I've always admired that style. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you!