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EASTER Redux: Dying for Cool Dyes

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 9:59 am in holidays.

Aracauna Chicken Eggs (Photo by Nader Khouri/Bay Area News Group) We’ve all done the egg dyeing thing, dropping our hard boiled eggs into a cup of vinegar and PAAS pellets. But we’re smitten by the look of naturally dyed eggs. They’re just so … cool. We’ve tried the onion skin method (described below) and the results look almost marbleized. But there are other ways to go too. Here’s a sampling:

  • For yellow eggs: Hard boil your eggs, then add them to a pot filled with a quart of water, 2 tablespoons each salt and white vinegar, and 3 tablespoons turmeric. Let soak until the eggs reach the desired hue.
  • Magenta eggs: Hard boil your eggs, then add them to a pot filled with a quart of water, 2 tablespoons each salt and white vinegar, and 4 cups chopped beets. Let soak until the eggs reach the desired hue.
  • Onion-dyed eggs: Wrap red or yellow (or red and yellow) onion skins around your raw eggs, using cheese cloth or rubber bands to secure them in place. Lower the eggs into a pot of boiling water and white vinegar – about a quart of water to 2 tablespoons vinegar is a good mix. Boil gently for 20 minutes, let cool, then unwrap the eggs.
  • Need more ideas? Check out About.com’s natural egg dyeing page, which includes tips to turn those eggs lavender, pale green and other beautiful shades.
  • For the non-natural, but still cool look, check out these Colorful Dyeing Tricks too.

This post is part of About.com’s All About Parenting Blog Carnival, celebrating Easter. Follow the link for more Easter basket ideas from around the blogosphere.

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