Magellan at 7 months old. I could not keep him away from the eggs.
This little Pumpkin has a fascination with eggs, cooked eggs that is. Actually Magellan's fascination is with colored eggs. Every time I dye eggs he wants to lick them. The Pumpkin jumps on the table and tries to steal my omlette in the morning. I am not sure if she thinks it is alive, however she hisses at it before attacking it. If I grab it from her (yes I did let her take it once to see if she was going to eat it-not sure what was going through my mind on that one) she gave it the extra special hiss-how dare you retreat from me when I have you between my teeth.
This morning I took out the garbage to realize it was drizzling. Oh well, maybe I have to call off my ride. Okay, now what. I decided to get a head start on dyeing my Easter eggs. Which led to this pot. A few years ago, I started coloring my eggs naturally. There are two methods I use, everyday food and silk ties. Both are beautiful and neither involve any chemicals.
Depending on what color you want here is a breakdown of what foods you can use.
Canned Blueberries Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled) Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige-Strong Coffee Instant Coffee Black Walnut Shells (boiled) Black Tea
Brown Gold-Dill Seeds
Brown Orange -Chili Powder
Green-Spinach Leaves (boiled) Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow-Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Grey-Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
Lavender-Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice Red Zinger Tea
If you’re using different ingredients here are a few rules of thumb: Use about ½ to ¾ cup of the natural dye ingredient per one cup of water (except spices . . . you’ll need a lot less!). The water should come to ½ – 1 inch above your dye material. Bring dye matter and water to a boil.* Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 3 teaspoons of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid Add hardboiled eggs and place in fridge until desired color is reached (I started mine in early afternoon and let them set overnight)
If you’re using juice skip the boiling. Just add the vinegar and get started.
Directions For Eggs:
In a medium pot cover eggs in cold water. Bring pot to a boil. Once it’s rolling turn off the heat and cover the pot, After 10 minutes, place eggs in a bowl of cold water and let sit until they’re cool to the touch. Drain bowl and replace with warm, soapy water (I used castille soap). Gently rub eggs with a washcloth or your thumb to remove oils that prohibit natural dyes from adhering as effectively to the egg shell. Lower egg into the dye and place them in the fridge. Soak until your desired color is reached. When the eggs are ready scoop them out with a spoon and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton. Naturally-dyed eggs have a matte finish. If you’d like to add a little lustre rub with coconut our olive oil and polish with a paper towel.
These silk ones may be my favourite. They are so different and pretty.
The materials are quite simple, a dozen or so eggs, a few silk ties from Goodwill, an enamel pot, twist ties, white cloth and some vinegar. Two important steps are an enamel or glass pot and silk ties.
Head over to Goodwill or another thrift shop and pick up what you consider to be uglied pattered ties. The deeper the color the better. Do not worry about the pattern being something you hope your date would never be wearing. The pattern will transfer on to the egg and end up being quite pretty. Colors also come out different onto the egg, so do not fret about using a black or dark blue tie. You should be able to do about three eggs with one tie. Just remember that you want the ties to be silk.
1. Cut the tie open and taking the silk squares wrap the square around the egg. You want the patterned side of the tie to be wrapped around the egg. Cut out a piece of white cloth and wrap that around the silk. The white cloth may prevent other eggs colors from coloring your egg. I used an old t-shirt. Apparently, cheesecloth does not work. Tie these off with a twist tie.
2. Fill your enameled pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Add 3 tablespoons vinegar to the water and bring the eggs and water to a boil. Use a ladle or tongs to place the eggs in the water.
3. Simmer the eggs for 20 minutes. Simmer them longer if you want to eat the eggs.
Cooking is one of my passions in life. Enjoying good food, pastries, chocolate and everything the French have to savor is my other. This should come as a surprise given my father chose my name after reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
I am a voracious reader and collector of cookbooks. Little did I know that all my grade school French lessons would come in handy one day.