Time out for a little nostalgia..
Every year growing up my sister and I would dye Easter eggs in my Grandmother's apartment building's laundry room.
We bickered, made a mess and for some reason always ended the evening eating Pringles and watching the Statler Brothers (no thanks) while my mother and grandmother played cards in the background. Every year since Tootie's death I can recall this Easter routine and I feel close again to my Grandmother once more.
We hope you have some traditions of your own that from time to time are able to transform you back to the ole ladies in your life who loved you more than you could ever know.
So here we go; I'm going to say it, I'm not crafty at all.
Pinterest tutorials are in fact pretty intimidating to me, I also hate to read instructions and would rather take a guess then go back and read the instructions for the first time just to troubleshoot. BUT we were inspired by our tour of Born & Dyed in Minnesota and wanted to take their natural dye philosophy into the kitchen for a spin.
What better time than Easter egg dying, especially when you are avoiding taking your colorful, boisterous sometimes nudist two year old daughter anywhere to pick up a box of PAAS. The important lesson is that this was not hard. You aren't eating them, so it really doesn't have to be perfect.
And really doesn't perfection take all of the character of what you are doing?
A dozen white eggs
A sauce pan for each color you plan to make
Cheese Cloth (optional)
Empty egg carton
DYE + COLOR KEY
Yellow/Amber: Yellow onion skins with a teaspoon of Turmeric
Pink to red: Red beets
Pale purple to red: Red onion skins
Purple: Red cabbage
Lavender: Purple grape juice
Tan to brown: Coffee (but really why not skip this and just use a few brown eggs?)
Orange: Chili powder
Pink/Purple: Raspberries or blackberries
Pale Green: Yellow or green apple peels.
- Get organized, decide on what/how may colors you want to try and ensemble the same number of jars and sauce pans. Set aside the cheese cloth+Strainer over a bowl.
- Get your water boiling and toss in a big handful of the cut up veggie/fruit or about a tablespoon of the spice you are using into the individual sauce pans.
- Add the eggs, you are going to hard boil the egg while the dye gets cookin'.
*make sure the eggs are completely covered by the water.
- The eggs need about ten minutes to cook, but really get the water boiling then let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
- If you want to avoid spots, you can stop half way thru set aside the eggs and strain the dye liquid. Return the dye water to the sauce pan with the eggs for a little more time on the stove. Keep beet chunks in with the dye jars or the eggs will be a pink/brown color.
- Pour out the water into the individual jars and carefully return the eggs to the dye water.
Let the eggs sit out over night.
- Carefully remove the eggs and let them dry in the egg carton.
- Sit back and enjoy your edible, crafty creation.