April 4, 2015

Easter Eggs 2015

The first spring when we had eggs from our own chickens we tried dyeing them.  But with the brown shells the commercial color didn't work.  We ended up going to Sam's Club and buying five dozen white eggs.  Which seems so wrong when we have hens wandering around the back yard and dozens of eggs in the refrigerator.
Years ago, when the big girls were little, we had tried dyeing eggs using McCormick's food color and egg dye.  You know the little red box that you buy for the red to make red velvet cake and then the box with the remaining colors ends up being pushed to the back of the baking cupboard where it gets knocked over and the yellow spills and no one notices until everything in the cupboard has traces of dye on them.  It didn't work very well.  
 This year we tried a new dyeing technique using McCormick's dye and our home raised brown eggs.   I don't think we will ever go back.  It was inexpensive.  It was simple.  We were able to create an array of rich and vibrant colors instead of the standard five. 
 We even colored a few dozen to match the colors on our Easter dinner table.
One hint... the kids left a batch of eggs in the dye for a few hours to try and increase the depth of the color.  It didn't seem to get any richer than after the first 10 minutes and after a few hours the vinegar started to cause bubbling on the shells. 
We loved the variety we got from eggs of different shades and sizes.  Some of our eggs are spotted and textured which also offered nice variations in the final product.

You can find instructions and the Easter Egg Dyeing Color Wheel at Martha Stewart.

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