DIY, Food

All natural

March 30, 2013

I know it’s quite late to post another blog post about colouring eggs. I know natural colouring techniques are so 2012. However I still write this post. Just try to stop me.

I feel some kind of an expert now after doing a workshop on colouring eggs with natural dying methods. Actually in my family we coloured our eggs with natural ingredients since ever and after trying now a few approaches I must say this is the one with the most satisfying result.

Here are the natural ingredients that I used.

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The eggs came from my parents hen. They have some different kinds of hens and they all lay different kinds of eggs – from dark brown to even mint! It’s true. I swear! These are the different natural colours.

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I cooked the eggs for 10 mins with about a tablespoon of the colour and because the eggs came in different colour they also took on the dye differently. Fun Fact: the white eggs didn’t take on the colour the best. Au contraire – the opposite!
I once heard that washing them with a mixture of vinegar and water would make them more colourful. Bullshit! They even turn bad sooner!
But without further ado: look what colourful eggs I made!

Here you’ll see the different hues walnut shells create.

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This colours come from red wood.

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This nice pink colour are actually created by dried lice. I’m not joking. Cochineal lice. They get used for food and fabrics colouring.

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And this beautiful black to light purple colour comes from blue wood. Try yourself if you don’t believe me!

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And because it was so fun to play with my dads professional photography equipment, I took some more pictures of the different hues.

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Happy Easter to all my lovely readers!

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Now. Carry on!

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12 Comments

  • Reply AngO March 30, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Excellent! And excellent photos as well! What do you do with them outside blogging?

    • Reply Sarah March 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Obviously I eat the eggs. 😉

      • Reply AngO March 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        I mean for the photos? You don’t do anything else with them?

        • Reply Sarah March 31, 2013 at 12:02 am

          Nope. That was it.

  • Reply heapingtablespoon March 31, 2013 at 12:06 am

    okay, I haven’t heard of natural egg dyes so this post was really intriguing to me. I really like the purple hues…did you use the redwood to create this color? Gorgeous photos! Thanks for the post.

    • Reply Sarah March 31, 2013 at 12:07 am

      No, the purple to black colour came from the blue wood. Interestingly enough.

    • Reply heapingtablespoon March 31, 2013 at 12:08 am

      well…i feel silly…you probably used the blue wood 🙂

      • Reply Sarah March 31, 2013 at 12:13 am

        Please don’t. You gave me the idea on updating my post with the names to the actual pictures of the coloured eggs. Thank you for the hint!

  • Reply h.anna March 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    ich war in drei apotheken in wien und habe weder die läuse, blau- oder rotholz bekommen. habe nur verständnislose blicke geerntet 🙁

    • Reply Sarah March 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      das tut mir echt leid. jetzt siehst du aber wenigstens einmal die farbe und nuancen…

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