Monday, March 17, 2008

Earthy Eggs.


Today we made our first batch of hard boiled eggs. We get farm fresh eggs, so they are already beautiful shades of white, brown, blue/green and beige. We hard boiled the eggs in a mix of natural dyes - onion skins, paprika, and ground espresso beans. This gave all of the eggs all a deeper, rich color.

We then drew on each egg with oil pastels and the boys put them into little jars of additional color (vinegar, food coloring, water) for a few minutes before fishing them out with spoons.


It was fun - and we ended up with rich earthy colors, which we all like. We plan to make some using purple cabbage and beet juice this week too - fun!

15 comments:

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Very pretty, indeed.

And how many batches do you end up making?

denise said...

elisheva-Usually just a dozen for us for lunches/egg salad, and then a dozen for my mom since she loves eggs (and likes getting things the boys made). A and G don't like hard boiled eggs, but love to dye and decorate, so we do it each year just for fun. :)

Dawn said...

Those eggs turned out so pretty. It's kind of funny to be seeing shamrocks on the eggs and having St. Patrick's day so close to Easter this year.

Poppy & Mei said...

Beautiful!
We should really be getting on with it! Xxx

Lizz said...

Great colors!

Gwyn said...

They look lovely! My kids were recently involved in an egg hunt for hard boiled eggs and they loved it - I was suprised as I assumed they would prefer a hunt for chocolate eggs!

Tara said...

I like the colors. We're not a big "dye the eggs" family- but if you're gonna do it, using beets, cabbage and the au natural dyes are best I think.
Maybe we'll give a try this year!!

amanda said...

pretty!!

Cami said...

What beautiful colors! We haven't done any yet, but if we do, I wanted to try natural dyes this year, too. Yours are an inspiration!

Karena said...

Beautiful! We don't do Easter -- or eggs, for that matter -- but we'll definitely be experimenting with these natural dyeing techniques. Thanks for the idea.

mammaclaudia said...

They are beautiful!

Amy said...

Those eggs are beautiful!

Eluciq said...

I want these eggs...they are beautiful! St. Patty Day eggs...fun!

Happy Spring! Oh I am ready for it now!

AIMEE said...

Just bought another batch of eggs in order to do this! We are going to use blueberries for blue, turmeric for yellow, cranberry juice for red/pink, coffee for brown.

piscesgrrl said...

Brown and light green farm eggs make the most beautifully colored eggs! We found that out last year when we colored eggs in Panama, using freshly collected. Now we look forward to doing the brown ones.