08 April 2012

99/366 vegetable dyes 2

As promised, here are the eggs we colored with the home-made vegetable dyes. They all soaked in the dyes for 14-18 hours. We were all extremely impressed with the vivid blue results from the red cabbage. I thought the beet eggs would be darker pink, but I'm thrilled the kale provided any color at all.

As I was blotting them dry this morning, I noticed that some of the “dye” was peeling off. Maybe the egg shells just get coated and not really dyed?


The beet-colored eggs took on a mottled appearance, and the mottling seemed to increase with time. That's definitely something I would want to know if I were dying these eggs for a formal brunch or other occasion and I wanted them to look perfect.

But we were certainly not going for perfect here. :) We had great fun experimenting and the kids loved making colorful egg salad for lunch today.

Have you tried vegetable dyes? What did you dye? Did you have any inconsistencies?

2 comments:

Cathy said...

I love the blue and orange! You're such a good mommy to do that with your kids. We did nothing. I can get away with it since they're too little to remember what we did last year. I will repent and do better next time. Boiled eggs are just smelly and nobody eats them.

Christine Hoffman said...

Wow-the blue from the red cabbage is gorgeous! With natural dyes, you really never know what the color might be until you try it. I tried beets too last year, and thought they would give a nice rich color. Sounds like you had fun experimenting!

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