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Beautiful Blue Eggs From Red Cabbage   Leave a comment

Despite the snow/blizzards that some parts of the country experienced this past week/weekend obscuring the start of spring, this is the week of the vernal equinox. Every year it’s my chance to have fun dying Ostara eggs. Since my (Catholic) JustFaith prayer formation group met today, I brought my Ostara eggs to share with everyone. Yes, I’m a new age Catholic, and proud of it. I love celebrating Mother Earth and her cycles, life and death, light and dark.

Yellow, blue, and dark pinkish brown eggs

Yellow (turmeric), blue (red cabbage), and pinkish-brown (beet) Ostara eggs.

Anyway, back to the eggs. This year I did beets, red cabbage, and turmeric. Just like last year, the turmeric makes for beautiful bright yellow eggs. Believe it or not the beautiful blue eggs are dyed in red cabbage. The beets had the most disappointing results. I can’t remember if I’ve ever dyed eggs with beets before, but I guess the trick is to not rinse them off when you take them out of the dye bath (see the comparison of the rinsed and unrinsed pink eggs in the photos). They are both a brownish pink, but the rinsed ones are more brown with a light tracery of pink while the unrinsed ones are a little more obviously dark pink. Too late for me to get a picture I learned that while the eggSHELL didn’t turn so pink, the egg INSIDE is a beautiful light pink. Maybe that’s an even better lesson for girlie-girls: the pink egg is more beautiful on the inside. 🙂

Pinkish-brown eggs

Rinsed and Unrinsed beet-dyed eggs

Usually when I’ve dyed eggs in the past I threw the raw eggs and the dye material in the pot and boil it together, then let it sit to cool off. This year I boiled thedye material the night before, and then strained it into jars where I soaked the eggs for several hours. It works much better that way. This technique would theoretically also allow you to gently crack the hard boiled eggs before dying them so that some you get a dyed network on the egg inside. I’ve yet to do this on purpose, but there are always a couple eggs that crack while boiling and they end up with a beautiful under-shell dye job. Since I’m using food-based dyes instead of synthetic dyes I have no problems eating them.  Now, however, I have a couple jars of beet juice and cabbage juice that I just can’t bring myself to throw down the sink (or on the compost). I wish I had more eggs to dye.

Posted March 21, 2012 by mayakey in food, spiritual practices

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Ostara Eggs   1 comment

This past weekend was the vernal equinox, and we celebrated by dying eggs. I love dying eggs, and I also have a mission to figure out several options before I have kids for how to get colorful eggs using non-toxic, natural, accessible dyes. This year we did turmeric because I am still working on the extra spice jar that I accidentally bought a couple years ago, and black beans because they have done such a good job of dying our slow cooker.

Dyed EggsThe turmeric of course does a great job, especially using a lot of it with a splash of white vinegar. The black beans didn’t work as well as we had hoped. The colors didn’t come out very well in the picture but they are mottled brown. The beans actually did a better of job of dying the underside of the shell and the membrane, which are speckled with purplish-dark brown spots. Black beans may be worth trying again, and next time I’ll completely cook the beans instead of just cooking them for a half hour before adding the eggs.

Other years I’ve had good luck with beets, grape juice (grey or purple depending on the grape I think), purple cabbage (blue), spinach (light green), and tea (light brown).

Posted March 22, 2011 by mayakey in food

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