Thursday, March 25, 2010

Golden Eggs - Dyeing Eggs With Turmeric

Here's an easy and natural egg dyeing technique for you to try just in time for Easter ....give turmeric a whirl.  It produces a lovely golden color and it smells nice too.  You can find turmeric in the spice aisle at your local supermarket. 

I started with some white, light brown, and green eggs from my girls.   While they were hard-boiling, I heated up about 5 cups of water in my crockpot and added roughly 4 tablespoons of turmeric.  I let the turmeric and water simmer for about 15 minutes, then turned the heat off.  When it had cooled slightly, I added my now-boiled and slightly cooled eggs to the mixture.  

I looped rubberbands around a few of them as a resist, but you could also let the kids add designs with crayons too.

I let the eggs sit  in the dye bath for an hour and when they emerged, they were a gorgeous gold. 

Here are the dyed eggs and their pre-dyed counterparts.  The green egg had a sort of olive green tone to it.  Lovely!

I've read that you can add vinegar to the dye bath to help the color stick more.  I added a splash of vinegar to the eggs while they were boiling so I did not include more vinegar in the dye bath.   Of course, I had to taste test them too to see if the flavor of the turmeric came through, but it had not.  Nothing but eggy goodness.

As far as getting a good hard-boiled egg, here's an interesting article on the subject.  I find that older eggs do in fact peel easier, so I typically use store-bought eggs for boiling.  (our fresh eggs get eaten up pretty quickly around here)

What kinds of natural egg dyes will you be trying this year?


Mona said...

I'm gonna try logwood, for a nice blue purple. And I'll also see if I'm able to dye with goutweed - even though it's a bit early this time of year. But hopefully I can achieve a light green.
And I'll certainly dye some with turmeric as well :)

Sonia / COZY MEMORIES said...

ooooh lovely lovely !
don't laugh, but it's not a tradition (in our family) to dye eggs. But maybe we'll start a new one !! Yay for turmeric dye !
PS : LOL at your question today (at my blog) you're my most favorite silly girl xoxoxo

KarenB said...

Your eggs are so very beautiful! Love them!

Neuroknitter said...

I love this!! I've never dyed eggs before, but want to try this.

What is logwood and can you use it in a crockpot that's for food, or should it be in a non-food pot?

I can't wait to go home and play!!

ZenCrafter said...

I love the subtle color changes you got from the different eggs with the turmeric.

I'm traveling back home to Texas for Easter, where I had some memorable egg-dyeing and -hunting experiences as a kid. I hated getting cracked on the head with dyed confetti eggs, but eating the dyed boiled eggs was worth the hunt and the sore head.

Marchi Wierson said...

I love using turmeric for dye on my wool too!

Kar said...

Gorgeous! Never would have thought of that.

Pop over and get the award I gave to you. You always have great inspiring handmade goodies that brighten the day. Thanks!

Morna Crites-Moore said...

I love this ... thank you! You have inspired me to go natural this Easter.

Leah said...

Such an intense color! I love making rice pilaf with turmeric. In fact, I think we're all out. Thanks for the tutorial.

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Thanks everybody! My friend Odile brought a bag of turmeric with her when she visited. Knowing I'd never use that much in a lifetime, I decided to dye with it. It's such a natural gold, I love it.

Marchi - I dyed some felted wool with it and love the color. After line drying though, a ton of color was lost. It didn't like being exposed to that much sun, I think.

Eva said...

In my experience turmeric doesn't last long on fabric but great idea to use it for eggs. I love how different the three look.

Barbara said...

This is a very cool idea! Have you used any other natural dies to color eggs?


Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Barbara - thanks for stopping by. I tried grape juice, which was a complete failure. I'd like to try onion skins, which I'm sure will give me more yellows, and I'm considering trying the viburnum berries from our woods to try for a red. I'll be sure to post something if I do it.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Tumeric color accents my kitchen already so these festive eggs will be perfect.

Rikkianne said...

Lisa! These are beautiful. I am going to try this. Thank you for sharing! LOVE

Maria Apostolou said...

I might have to try this! I love the colors of the turmeric. What a clever idea to use it for dyeing eggs!


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