So the boys and I set out this morning to get our crunchy on. I discovered that Clark might have OCD tendencies, based on his immaculate, methodical peeling of the onion, and that perhaps Cal will be more on the ADD side, as he cracked an egg open on purpose, washed his hands in the vinegar and water solution, and experimented with my reaction to his dropping cabbage bits in various places around the kitchen. As I progressed with the directions, I actually found them a little confusing and realized I did some of them wrong. I decided that I'd create this blog entry as a way for me to remember how I did these for if I want to do them again, as well as a less convoluted a tutorial for any of you who want to be crunchy about egg-dyeing.
|Two beets, chopped, 4 cups water, 2TBS vinegar, boiled 30 mins|
|Great color, but uneven and smeary|
|4 cups chopped cabbage, 4 cups water, 2 TBS vinegar|
|Boiled with eggs for 30 minutes|
|Kind of cool looking, but it didn't work the way it was supposed to|
|Cooked some of them longer in the cabbage, but scorched them|
I reread the instructions and saw that I did it wrong. I was supposed to strain the beets and cabbage after it boiled for 30 minutes and then boil it ANOTHER 30 minutes with the eggs in the dye this time. That makes sense.
|We peeled two onions.|
|Boiled them in 2 cups of water, 1 TBS vinegar for 30 minutes|
|They turned out burnt sienna-ish. This picture is a little deceiving-- they're browner.|
|2 cups water, 1 TBS vinegar, 1 TBS turmerac (spice) for 30 minutes|
|Love the result!|
Clearly the onion skins and turmeric worked the best for vivid, solid colors. I redid the cabbage and beets, but instead of boiling them another 30 minutes I let the dye cool to room temperature and soaked them in cups like normal egg dyers. I also tried the turmeric at room temperature.
|Soaked in room temperature turmeric juice for an hour|
|Soaked in cabbage water for 30 mins|
|Soaked in beet juice for 30 mins|
|Soaked in beet juice for 1 hour|
|Soaked in combination beet and cabbage juice for 1 hour|
|Soaked in turmeric juice for about 4 hours|
|Soaked in beet juice for about 4 hours|
|Final products, minus the one Cal ate and the scorched ones|
|They want to have a hunt NOW!|
|Turns out Calvin loves hard-boiled eggs|
Do you want to eat a bunch of natural, healthily-dyed eggs? Come on over. And Happy Easter!