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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Coloring eggs Naturally Experiment

This is my experiment with natural eggs coloring:) I had fun with this experiment. Colors turned out different then I expected.



This is what I used.

6 Eggs for each color
1 tbsp Vinegar
2-3 cups water
1 cup Grape jelly
3 tbs Turmeric
3 bags  Green tea
1 1/2 cups Frozen or fresh blueberries
3 tbs  Beet powder 

I haven't tried paprika it should be red color.



For 2 cups of water I used 1 tbs vinegar. 
Add  turmeric powder.  Boil for 20 min.
This is how turmeric color turned out.
I boiled for 20 min than left em overnight in the same water, then rinsed with cold water.  Grape jelly turned out soft pink. 
Blueberry turned out gray. I rinsed with cold water after I boiled em. 

With beet powder, I boiled for 20 min than I left it overnight  in the same water. And it's still came out tan color:)  
For green tea I boiled eggs first then I added em into green tea and vinegar mix. Left it overnight. You can rub em with oil to make em shinny, I haven't done that. 
I had fun trying new things:)  

This info I found on the web:
     Red:
2 pounds beets, peeled, diced
    Yellow/tan:
1 pound onion skins
   Yellow/orange:
1 1/2 cup (1.9 ounce) jar turmeric
    Purple:
2 small heads red cabbage, sliced
     Warm brown:
1 (6-cup) pot of strong coffee

Distilled white vinegar

    Directions
For all but the coffee color, in a 5 quart saucepan add 1 vegetable or ingredient. Add 4 quarts water, bring to a boil and cook for 1/2 hour or until the color is very dark. Allow to cool to room temperature and strain out vegetables. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and then add hard boiled eggs to each color. Refrigerate overnight. For the coffee color: brew the coffee. Allow to cool to room temperature. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, add hard boiled eggs, refrigerate overnight.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/natural-dyes-for-easter-eggs-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Lavender
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea

Violet Blue
Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Hibiscus Tea
Red Wine

Blue
Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice

Green
Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll

Greenish Yellow Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Yellow
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Celery Seed (boiled)
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Green Tea

Golden Brown
Dill Seeds

Brown
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea

Orange
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Cooked Carrots
Chili Powder
Paprika

Pink
Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets

Red
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Canned Cherries with Juice
Pomegranate Juice
Raspberries

http://chemistry.about.com/od/holidayhowtos/a/eastereggdyes.htm

Try both fresh and frozen produce. Canned produce will produce much paler colors. Boiling the colors with vinegar will result in deeper colors. Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color (name followed by 'boiled' in the table). Some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices can be used cold. To use a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until the desired color is achieved. In most cases, the longer you leave Easter eggs in the dye, the more deeply colored they will become.

Here is the preferred method for using natural dyes:

Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar.
Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color.
Bring water to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid.
If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.
Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of cooking oil onto the eggs once they are dry.

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