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How do I dye eggs safely, without using chemicals?


Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish, not glossy. Once dry you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen. Use common juices or spices that can be found in your cupboard. The process is very safe and simple. For example, the juice from canned blueberries or beets make wonderful food dyes. Tumeric produces a rich golden colour.

Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish, not glossy. Once dry you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen. Use common juices or spices that can be found in your cupboard. The process is very safe and simple. For example, the juice from canned blueberries or beets make wonderful food dyes. Tumeric produces a rich golden colour. Coffee is also effective.
To begin, wash hardboiled eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may prevent colour from sticking to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.

Except for spices, place a handful (or more) of a dye ingredient in a saucepan. You will have to use your own judgement on this.
Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye ingredient. NOTE: This should be about 1 cup of water for each handful.

Bring the water just to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let simmer at least 15 minutes until you like the color obtained. The dye will look much darker in the pan than it will be when you apply to eggs. Remove the pan from the heat.

Strain and pour mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye. Add 2-3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.

Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to put them in the refrigerator while they soak.

Lift the eggs out of the dye liquid with the slotted spoon and let them dry on a rack or in a colander or egg carton. Handle with care - some colors can easily be rubbed off if the egg is not completely dry.


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