Eggstravaganza!!!

My mission today was to color hard-boiled eggs for Easter tomorrow. I decided earlier in the week that I was going to use natural dyes instead of buying the Paas brand dyes. I found many recipes on Pinterest, but decided to try it out on my own with a trial and error approach. In the beginning of the egg dyeing Eggstravaganza I picked only 4 different dyes: red beets(red/pink), carrots(yellow/orange), spinach(green), and coffee/tea (tan).ingrediantsdye
I was soon realizing some of the dyes were not coming out to the colors I had hoped they would. The water in the saucepan with the carrots was not any color and same with the spinach; I boiled them to death, I thought so anyways. By the end of the afternoon, I had added blueberries and chili powder. The colors that turned out the best were the blueberries, red beets and black tea.

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red beets on top
blueberries on the bottom this was after a good 30 mins in the dye liquid

I did break down the cost of using my own natural dyes compared to store-bought.

  • red beets: $0.99 /lb – 1.16lbs = $1.15 ; I used only half of the beets = $0.55~
  • carrots: $0.99/lb – 1lb= $0.99 ;  used about 3 large (.25/lb)= $0.25
  • spinach: $2.99/5 ozs;  used 2 ozs (2 cups packed) = $1.30 ~
  • black tea: had in pantry = $0
  • frozen blueberries: had in freezer = $0
  • chili powder: had in pantry = $0
  • large eggs : $0.49 dozen

Total cost: $2.59 !!

The total cost might be cheaper if not equivalent to the store-bought dyes. I was very happy how little all the ingredients cost me and knowing the dyes are all natural rather than the store-bought ones that have artificial coloring and who knows what else.

I do have to tell you how I got a dozen eggs for only $0.49.  Target was running a special price on their large eggs for only $0.99 and I happened to have a coupon for $1 off when you buy 2. They were practically giving them away for free!!

Here is my recipe that I used for dyeing the eggs:

  • 1 dozen large eggs (hard-boiled)

Place each of the following ingredients in 2 cups of water in separate saucepans. So, ideally you would have 6 separate saucepans, if you are lucky enough to have that many.

  • 1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries (blue/purple)
  • 1 Tbl chili powder (orange color)
  • 2 ozs (2 cups packed) baby spinach (green)
  • 3 large carrots (peeled and chopped) (yellow)
  • 4 black tea bags (tan)
  • 7 ozs red beets (peeled and chopped) (pink/red)

Instructions:

  1. Place each of the ingredients in their own saucepan with the water and boil for 25+ minutes.
  2. strain the ingredients through a fine mesh strainer; either keep the strained ingredients for later use or discard.naturaleggdye
  3. pour liquid in a coffee mug add 1-2 tsp white distilled vinegar and stir.
  4. cool liquid to room temperature
  5. gently drop hard-boiled eggs in each mug
  6. keep eggs in liquid until desired color is achieved.

 

 

 

 

3 + hours later here is what my finished eggs look like!!

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I will have to work on better coloring for next year.

 

Happy Easter everyone!

Better  go to bed, Easter Bunny is coming! 🙂

 

Have you tried the natural dye route for your easter eggs this year?

Do you have any family traditions on Easter?

 

 

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5 Responses to Eggstravaganza!!!

  1. loloslunch says:

    Very cool experiment, thanks for sharing. We will have to try this next year when Lolo might care 🙂

  2. My first thought was, “You found eggs for 49 cents per dozen!” Great find at Target! I’ve never tried dying them without the store bought dyes. Yours look great!

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