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Hard Boiled Eggs Disaster: Natural Dyes for Natural Easter Egg Hunts

Posted Apr 23 2011 12:00am
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Turmeric dye bath
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Turmeric dye bath
    Natural Easter Egg Dyes:  Grated beet dye bath
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Grated beet dye bath
    Natural Easter Egg Dyes:  Blueberry dye bath
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Blueberry dye bath
    Natural Easter Egg Dyes:  Hard boiled eggs soaking in beet dye
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Hard boiled eggs soaking in beet dye
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes:  Disaster with brown eggs
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Disaster with brown eggs
    Natural Easter Egg Dyes:  Turmeric worked the best on the brown eggs
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    Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Turmeric worked the best on the brown eggs

    With Earth Day and Easter falling so close together this year, as well as the bad news on artificial food dyes , natural Easter egg dyeing has never been more popular.

    I used two posts to help me figure out how to dye eggs naturally:

    I was able to use food headed to the compost pile for our dyes, with the exception of the turmeric.  I followed this basic recipe:

    I used blueberries and turmeric in accordance to the above recipe, but for the shredded beets, I just wong the proportions.  I was surprised to find the blueberries and red beets yielded pretty much the same color.

    Next year, I will experiment with actually cooking the eggs in the dye mixture.  I think the results would be better.  I can’t really say honestly how well the dyes worked, as I used brown eggs, but at least I don’t have to worry about artificial colors leaching into the eggs that my children consume.

    Unfortunately, our eggs did not turn out. It was quite a disappointment.  Perhaps it was the brown eggs, perhaps it was the recipe.  The turmeric was the most successful, and none of the other dyes seemed to adhere to the eggs.  Not sure what I did wrong, but I’ll try again next year.

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