06 April 2012

Egg decorating for vegans

My neighbor has an awesome little Easter party every year for the kids. They have a blast dying eggs, decorating cookies and hunting for Easter eggs. This year she can’t have it and I was left wondering what I would do about the whole “egg” dying process. Especially since my daughter asks every day, every hour, when we can dye Easter eggs. So I went looking around AC Moore trying to come up with something for her to do, when I spotted wooden eggs. What a brilliant find! I had no idea these existed.

I wasn’t sure how these would take the dye, but I figured it was worth a try, at $1.19 each they are cheap enough -- plus I think they are down to about $.50 right now. I got both white and wood finished. The white is really only useful for painting on, because it doesn’t take the dye very well, and they don’t sink into the water.

In general, the eggs aren’t as vibrant as real eggs but they are a nice, subtle shade. I experimented with all natural dye recipes for the red and yellow eggs. (I can’t wait to use these techniques for baking, so much better than food coloring!) I also used some of the regular dye that you buy for Easter egg dying and some Rit dye. The Rit dye worked the best, but in the future I’m only doing the all natural techniques. They are more fun to make and no chemicals to worry about!

For red eggs:
Chop of one medium beet.

Put it in a large bowl, add 4 cups of boiling water to the bowl plus 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

Once the water cools down, remove the beets and dunk your eggs.

For yellow eggs:
Add 1 cup of boiling water to 2 tablespoons of tumeric, plus 2 teaspoons of vinegar, use right away.
The wooden egg (in the back) takes the color a lot easier than the white (front). I had to hold the white egg in the turmeric mix to get it to color.

And here are some of the white eggs that were painted by some very cute four year old artists!

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Boston, MA Julie loves finding new ways to make super healthy meals that are both easy and delicious. She has no special training as a chef just hours of playing in her own kitchen to feed her family. Julie believes you are what you eat, so she tries to keep it healthy with occasionally indulgences. Moving your body is a big party of being healthy and she tries to do that at least 6 times a week. When Julie’s not experimenting in the kitchen or spending time with her husband and 4 year old daughter, she is a partner at Three Bean Press, a custom self-publishing company. She is also a graphic designer and illustrator who has published three children's books: The Yellowest Yellow Lab, Lily and the Imaginary Zoo, and Frankie Goes to Fenway.

Photo credits: Julie