Second, this year, I'm using natural egg dyes. And let me tell you, it's an event. If you want bright, bold eggs, this is not a quick-dye method. At all. BUT it is chemical free and they are beautiful and, in my opinion, worth the trouble. Would I do all of these on a budget? Not the yellow. Spices aren't cheap. The rest? Yeah, probably.
I used these four pages to concoct my dyes:
Door to Door Organics Colorado
Blue Bonnets and Brownies
Thy Hand Hath Provided
In the end, I made my dyes as follows
2 rough chopped beets
2 bags wildberry zinger
2c grape juice
2 bags raspberry zinger
**I think I did something wrong here - it just some weird film on the eggs and I didn't like how the color was coming along so I scrapped it and dispersed the eggs into other colors.
1/2 red cabbage, rough chopped
**this didn't go well - I ended up adding blue food coloring bc it was yellow beyond fixing. maybe if you skip turmeric altogether it would be better
(stir VERY well)
Simmer 20-30 min, strain reserving liquid for dye. Let cool to room temp. Place eggs in colors until they reach your desired saturation (hourssssss -- for sanitation reason I have to tell you to put them in the fridge during this process)
And the results?
|This was after a couple hours. I think the pink looked better at this point.|
|Another hour or so later. I got tired of waiting. you could leave them overnight in the fridge :] There are 3 brown eggs in the picture: a pink, a green, and a blue. The ones that are a little lighter were the ones I moved from the purple.|