We had such a fun time yesterday using Martha's recipes to dye our eggs with items found in the kitchen. I love how they came out... as the colors unfolded it became really exciting! We used tumeric (the gold and yellows), yellow onion skins (the orange and terracotaa colored ones), coffee (the pale brown ones), and red cabbage (the blues!). Martha calls for making the dyes first, so we did that using mostly water and vinegar. The house smelled lovely boiling that cabbage in vingegar water let me tell you, but that teal makes it totally worth it. Some of the eggs are then boiled in the dye (this makes for a more saturated color) while others are hard boild first (Rob's specialty) then soaked in room temp dyes for a certain amount of time. I loved this!
The onion skins were by far the biggest surprise... the oranges they produced in the eggs was amazing. We had red onions on hand and I will definitely try them next time. Lesson learned with the tumeric... it was everywhere (first it boiled over, then it stained our counters at each turn... not fun, a little cleanser and some Bar Keepers friend on the stains on our stainless steel pots... yes, it stained stainless steel... and all was well). Happy Easter, friends. Did you dye eggs? Here are our recipes, they'll be hanging out in the How Tos if you're looking for them: