Here is a post from my wonderful sister-in-law, she has a thought provoking blog over here, check her out! Thank you for such a lovely post Maria. Hope this helpful tutorial gives my readers some inspiration like it did for me. They turned out darker and more rich that anything that can come out of a package. P.S. Isn’t my nephew stinkin’ cute?
Here’s Maria’s guest post:
I have to admit, I was skeptical and imagined this project would be much more labour intensive than it was. However, after attending a demonstration at our local Co- op, I was much more optimistic. This is definitely a project we’ll be repeating each spring, and my two-year old loved it!
Food based dyes are safe, inexpensive, and best of all, free of the crazy shenanigans they put in conventional food dyes. Everything I needed for the dyes I had on- hand except for beets, so this was an extremely pocket-book-friendly project as well.
I used brown eggs, but I shamelessly stood in front of the egg cooler picking through the different cartons until I found some light coloured farm eggs. I baked these in the oven for 30 minutes at 325F, so I didn’t have to worry about them while I prepared the dyes. When they were ready, I placed the eggs in a bowl of cold water to chill.
For each dye, I used a 1:1:1 ratio of water and vinegar and respective food.
BLUE: 2 cups chopped red cabbage 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar
YELLOW: 2 TBSP Tumeric 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar
MAGENTA: 2 cups beet peels 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar
RUST RED: 2 cups yellow onion peels & butts 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar
I brought the four pots to a boil and then covered and simmered for an hour. Once the water had turned a desirable colour, I turned off all burners, removed the food scraps for the compost, and poured the dyes into wide-mouthed mason jars to cool.
Once all the eggs were in, we placed the jars in the fridge to soak. The yellow eggs were ready after two hours, and everything else came out of the dyes after four hours. I rubbed the eggs with olive oil to give them a nice shine. Happy Easter!