Easter Eggs: Hued By Mother Nature

Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to experiment with what was in the kitchen to dye Easter eggs using ONLY natural ingredients, nothing artificial.

First thought: What stains instantly?

Immediate response: pomegranates, beets, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, wine, turmeric, annatto, blueberries, grape juice.

Nothing green in this list so decided to juice the vibrant kale in the fridge and brew up some beautiful green tea. The kitchen literally looked like a chem lab! Here’s how to do it…these gems came out amazing with beautiful color and texture!

What You Will Need

Clear plastic cups
White vinegar
Water
Eggs
Colorings of choice
A few small saucepans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick Your Shades

Each of these combinations produced a different shade of the color. Go ahead and experiment using different liquids, spices, food and ingredient combinations. I would love to hear how they come out so please let me know.

Purple and Pink
1 cup beet juice and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup red wine and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 cup pomegranate juice and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/2 cup Concord grape juice and 1/4 cup deeply steeped black cherry herbal tea (use any red-ish tea)

Green
1 cup kale or spinach juice and 2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup deeply steeped green tea and 2 teaspoons vinegar

Yellow
1 cup water, 2 tablespoons turmeric and 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Brown
1 cup strong black coffee with 2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup Worcestershire sauce with 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Orange and Rust
2 cups water and 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon annatto and 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Blue
2 cups pureed blueberries and 2 cups Concord grape juice

Red

2 cups canned cherry pie filling (wanted to try fresh cherries but not in season in Jersey) and 2 cups beet juice

 

Dye the Eggs

For purple, pink, green, yellow and brown: Place mixture in clear plastic cup. Gently place an already hard-boiled egg in mixture. Let egg sit in mixture until the color is what you are looking for which can be from 30 minutes to overnight. The longer they soak, the deeper the color will be. If you want to leave overnight just place cups in fridge. Remove from mixture and set on a rack with baking sheet underneath. Don’t handle them until completely dry.

For orange, rust, blue and red:
Hard boil the eggs**.  Lay the eggs in the pan and cover with mixture adding more juice if needed to cover eggs completely. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover the pot, and let sit until cool. Let egg sit in mixture until the color is what you are looking for which can be from 30 minutes to overnight. The longer they soak, the deeper the color will be. If you want to leave overnight just place cups in fridge. Remove from mixture and set on a rack with baking sheet underneath. Don’t handle them until completely dry.

 

These Are My Homemade Creations 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Hardboiling the eggs:  Hard boiling eggs is a no brainer but getting them perfect takes a bit more finesse.  If you want them cooked to perfection for the most delicious taste and consistency follow this recipe from Julia Child

 

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Recipe by: Julia Child, “The Way to Cook” 

12 eggs

3 1/2 quarts of water – water should cover the eggs by 1 inch, so use a tall pan, and limit cooking to 2 dozen eggs at a time.

 

  1. Lay the eggs in the pan and add the amount of cold water specified.  Set over high heat and bring just to the boil; remove from heat, cover the pan,and let sit exactly 17 minutes.
  2. When the time is up, transfer the eggs to the bowl of ice cubes and water.  Chill for 2 minutes while bringing the cooking water to the boil again.  (This 2 minute chilling shrinks the body of the egg from the shell.)
  3. Transfer the eggs (6 at a time only) to the boiling water, bring to the boil again, and let boil for 10 seconds – this expands the shell from the egg.   Remove eggs, and place back into the ice water.

Chilling the eggs promptly after each step prevents that dark line from forming, and if time allows, leave the eggs in the ice water after the last step for 15 to 20 minutes.  Chilled eggs are easier to peel, as well.

The peeled eggs will keep perfectly in the refrigerator, submerged in water in an uncovered container, for 2 to 3 days.

Enjoy 🙂