Tuesday, 16 March 2010

easter last year...


for easter last year we dyed some chicken and duck eggs a gorgeous shade of blue, by using red cabbage! Yes red cabbage turned them that beautiful colour. We also tried turmeric, to make a yellow dye and to mix with the cabbage for a green but that didn't work, so well. We are going to try other natural dye's this year, onion skins and other veg! What have you used? do you have any recommendations?

7 comments:

  1. They're beautiful. Such a deep colour. I hankered after a chicken that laid blue eggs last year but couldn't get hold of one. I now have 3 lovely chickens who lay 3 lovely eggs a day. I'll be giving them special Easter treats.

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  2. Hallo, I've found that grape juice, beets, red bush tea, and blueberries work well. I hope this helps. Cheers.

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  3. wrap the onion skin around the raw egg, and fasten with a rubber band or two. then hard-boil the eggs. beautiful.

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  4. Onion skins are great. You could put some flowers on the eggs, put them into sheer stockings so the flowers stay on the same spot and after cooking, dying and cooling you get a great easter eggs.
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  5. Hi, found you via Crafty Crow. :D These eggs are beautiful! May I ask you, how did you preapere the dye, put in some vinegar, salt or something else. Was the solution cold or warm? Thank you for the responses! :)

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  6. Back in pioneer days they used onions. My aunt taught me to wrap raw eggs with leaves, weeds, flowers of nature, then boil them in the onion skin water. I wrap them with thread. They turn out beautiful. I am excited to try all of the above posts, with the different colors. Thanks. I will still wrap them in leaves and nature shapes. Small leaves and weeds are best.

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  7. Thank you for your comments, Vacskamati, I boil the cabbage and pour it into kilner jars still warm, then just wipe the eggs with vinegar before putting them into the jars for a few days. Gayle, Magpie and Anja I am definitely going to try onion skins this year too, thanks for the tips and inspiration, Emma x

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