Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dying Easter Eggs with Eco-Eggs' Natural Vegetable Dyes

My husband has been traveling for work this month. It definitely leaves me sort of beside myself in terms of menu-planning. He's my only truly regular opinion in taste-testing, so when he's gone I lack the motivation to bust out new recipes knowing that my 4 year old would just as easily eat some scrambled eggs, and my toddler would just as easily eat the carpet.

So the culinary efforts were dialed down for a bit - but now that he's back I'm starting to think of some new tastes I'd like to try out for his verdict.

One thing we did do recently that was novel and would be appreciated by my 4-year-old...Easter eggs!

Hot liquid, then dye added.
I was looking for something a little less psychedelic than the usual artificial dye kit, and I was delighted to find a deal on the Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit. (I think that you can score these at Whole Foods and other retail locations as well!) Since it was my first time venturing outside of my usual dye kit and I didn't want to accidentally sacrifice a pricey dozen organic eggs if something went disastrously wrong, I bought some conventionally raised white eggs for this project.

I also waited until my toddler's naptime. Aw, snap! Oh, no, she didn't.

You bet I did. My toddler's at that delightful age when she requires constant, constant supervision, so any project involving breakable foodstuffs, hot liquid, and vegetable dye...well, 'nuff said.

You might want to get a
cup of coffee to sip
while the eggs are hot tubbin'.
I boiled the eggs and let them cool completely (this was while the toddler was still awake).

Then, we added 1/2 c. very warm water each to three glasses, and poured in the itty bitty pots of vegetable dye.

5 of the 6 colors on the chart required the eggs to soak anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, so I cuddled up to a cup of coffee while we waited.

I hope that you agree the wait was entirely worthwhile. :)
I love the mellow, rich, and earthy palette!

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  1. They're beautiful!

    I found a tutorial online where you wrap the eggs in old silk ties and transfer the designs from the ties to the eggs. They are simply stunning and I was going to do some, until I found out you shouldn't eat them afterwards. I was sooo disappointed, but I'm way too practical to decorate eggs we won't eat later!

  2. Yea - me too. I actually looked to see if eco-eggs' dye was food safe (I'm thinking it probably is...the purple dye smelled exactly like beets!), but I didn't find the answer on the packing materials; I'd probably have to write the folks who make the kit to ask about it next year. That's why this year it was conventional white eggs - I don't feel like I've wasted a valuable foodstuff making a purely decorative craft. :)

  3. One of the prettiest bowls of Easter Eggs I have seen!


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