Eggsellent Easter!

One of the things that I love most about Easter is dying all those eggs! I really dig seeing them go from pearly white to bright and colorful right before my eyes…as if by magic!

This year I am going to try out a few cool and out of the box dying techniques that I want to share with all of you. I test drove a few of them but many of them i will be trying for the first time this Easter. If you try any of these and you love them or you hate them, do tell!

Tie Dyeing eggs:This is a super cool and easy technique, I totally dig it because it’s made possible through reusing old silk neckties…pretty cool!

Here’s What You Need:

– Raw eggs

– Glass or enamel pot (this one is very important. Metal pots react with the vinegar you need to dye your eggs. not good)

– Silk ties, blouses, or boxers, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg (the uglier the tie, the prettier the egg)\

– White cotton sheets (or pillowcases or old tablecloths), cut into pieces to cover silk-wrapped eggs

– Twist ties or rubber bands

– 3 tablespoons of white vinegar

– Warm water

– EVOO or Vegetable oil

– Paper towels

– Tongs or spoon

Here’s How You Do It:

1. Cut silk into a square (or a piece) large enough to wrap around a raw egg (I used a seam ripper to rip the ties open from the backside, and was able to get about 4 good sized pieces of silk from each tie)

2. Wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Silk can still be used if it doesn’t fit perfectly around egg.

3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of white sheet, pillowcase, or old tablecloth and secure tightly with a twist-tie.

4. Place the egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely. Then, add three tablespoons of white vinegar.

5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes (longer if you plan on eating the eggs).

6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool.

7. Remove silk from cooled egg.

8. For shiny eggs, wipe with EVOO or vegetable oil once your egg has cooled.

Here’s A Tip:

Light colored ties (ie. Yellow) don’t turn out all that great. The colors that turn out best are dark colors like navy, burgundy, dark green, etc. And anything black will yield a grey egg, an ok look if your going for it.

All Naturally Dyed Eggs: This Easter I am going to try and use natural coloring from fruits and veggies to dye my eggs. Here is a chart I found that shows which fruit or veggie will produce which color. If you give any of these a shot, let me know how it goes!

– Pale Red: Fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries

– Orange: Yellow onion skins

– Light yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed or ground cumin

– Yellow: Ground turmeric

– Pale green: Spinach leaves

– Green-gold: Yellow Delicious apple peels

– Blue: Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves

– Beige to brown: Strong brewed coffee

Here’s How You Do It!

1. Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until the eggs are covered.

2. Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.

3. Add the natural dye appropriate to the color you want your eggs to be. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need to use.)

4. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

5. Remove your eggs, let them cool and shine with some EVOO of Veggie Oil.
Onion Skin Eggs: I just loved the way this egg turned out, and I love the fact that my tossed away onion skins can have an afterlife!

Here’s What You Need:

– Raw Eggs

– Onion skins (pieces as large as possible)

– Twist ties or rubber bands

– Salt

– 3 tablespoons of white vinegar

– Warm water

– EVOO or Vegetable oil

– Paper towels

– Tongs or spoon

Here’s How You Do It:

1. Soak your onion skins in a big bowl of water. Be careful with your onion skins. When they are dry, they are pretty fragile and you want to keep them as large as possible.

2. Just dip the squares of cloth in the water, then wring them out so they are damp. Also dip the eggs in the water; it helps the onion skins cling to them better.

3. Wrap onion skins around each egg. If you are lucky, you’ll have skins from the top or the bottom of an onion. These naturally conform to the shape of the egg. If not, just make sure you cover the entire surface of each egg with pieces of onion skin. The water should help the skins cling to the eggs.

4. Place an onion skin wrapped egg in the middle of one of your squares of cloth. Wrap the cloth snugly around the egg so the onion skin presses tightly against it. Securely tie off the top of the cloth with a twist tie or a rubber band.

5. Carefully add each bundled-up egg to a pot of boiling water. Boil them for seven minutes or so, until they are hard boiled. If you happen to crack one of the eggs when you are putting them in, add some salt to the water; that’ll supposedly keep the whites from leaking out of the crack.

6. Once your eggs have boiled long enough, carefully pour off the boiling water and run some cold water into the pot to cool the eggs down.

7. Carefully remove the twist ties or rubber bands and take the eggs out of the cloths. Peel off the onion skins and low and behold the shells of the eggs will now be covered with beautiful patterns transferred from the onion skins in shades of brown, yellow, and green.

8. For shiny eggs, wipe with EVOO or vegetable oil once your egg has cooled.

Let me know how your Eggs-plorations go!

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