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Canceled: Drop-In Family Program: Natural Egg Dyeing

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April 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Canceled: Drop-In Family Program: Natural Egg Dyeing

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Date:
April 3
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
$6
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Venue

Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309 United States

As developments surrounding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continue to evolve, for the health and safety of our guests, the Natural Egg Dyeing family program has been canceled.

Just because this program is canceled doesn’t mean you can’t have some at-home egg dyeing fun.

RECIPES FOR HOMEMADE NATURAL DYES

In our Natural Egg Dyeing program, we use plants to create dyes that are easy to make right in your own home. Our favorite foods are fresh beets, frozen blueberries, and dried turmeric because they produce some of the most vibrant dyes. We have successfully experimented with numerous other plants to achieve other colors, so try out different combinations to make a whole rainbow of dyes for your eggs!

Regardless of the plants you are using, you can follow the same basic steps for preparing them. Before getting started, take a quick stock of foods in your kitchen to decide which colors to try. While fresh foods tend to produce the brightest colors, you can try dried, canned and frozen foods instead. Use the same ratios we have provided below, and see what happens!

To prepare your kitchen, remember that these dyes can be very powerful and protect your equipment.

  • Glass jars are a good choice for storing dyes since they resist stains. Avoid using lightly colored silicone or wooden spatulas, as well as expensive pans that could get stained. Protect counters with parchment paper or old towels. Wear aprons since this fun project can get messy.
  • Ventilate your cooking area, as the scent of cooking eggs and vinegar can be powerful.
  • Pull out some crayons and try coloring patterns onto the eggs before you dye them. The wax resists dye and creates neat patterns. You could also experiment with flat rubber bands or tape. Fix them before coloring and then remove them once the eggs have dried.
  • Consider making the hard-boiled eggs ahead of time so they have time to chill. Our favorite preparation is below the dye recipes.

BEETS (PINK)

  • Chop up a few red beet roots (4-5) into medium sized pieces.
  • Bring beets to a boil in about 4 cups of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar.
  • Reduce the heat when they get to a rolling boil and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on. (If the lid is off, much of your dye juice will evaporate.)
  • Remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool fully before straining the liquid into a mason jar.
  • When you are ready to dye your eggs, wrap rubber bands around some tongs and gently drop the egg into the dye and allow it to sit for a moment.
  • Remove the egg and let it dry. We recommend a wire baking sheet with something below it to capture drips.

BLUEBERRIES (PURPLE)

  • It’s fun to squish your eggs in a small bowl of smooshed blueberries before dunking them in the blueberry dye. It creates a mottled look.
  • Measure 2 cups of frozen blueberries into a medium sauce pan.
  • Bring berries to a boil in about 4 cups of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar.
  • Reduce the heat when they get to a rolling boil and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on. (If the lid is off, much of your dye juice will evaporate.)
  • Remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool fully before straining the liquid into a mason jar.
  • Follow the steps above to dunk and remove your egg and let it dry.

TURMERIC (YELLOW)

  • Measure 2 Tablespoons of dried turmeric powder into a medium sauce pan.
  • Bring the spice to a boil in about 4 cups of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar.
  • Reduce the heat when the mixture gets to a rolling boil and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on. (If the lid is off, much of your dye juice will evaporate.)
  • Remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool fully before pouring the liquid into a mason jar. The spice sediment will sink to the bottom and leave a beautiful yellow dye.
  • Follow the steps above to dunk and remove your egg and let it dry.

Other plants that we’ve found produce beautiful colors include:

Mixed berries (lilac) frozen blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry works well

Coffee Grounds (brown)

Spinach (light green)

Red Onions (pink)

Red Cabbage (light purple)

Hard Boiled Eggs

This is our favorite way to prepare hard boiled eggs, with a simple ratio of 5 minutes boiling to 5 minutes soaking in hot water to 5 minutes chilling in an ice bath (The 5:5:5 Method):

  • Place a layer of fresh eggs in the bottom of a large sauce pan with room around them.
  • Cover with about 1 inch of water.
  • Bring water to a gentle boil and boil the eggs for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 5 more minutes.
  • Gently scoop the eggs out of the hot water and place them in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
  • Dry your eggs off and fully cool them in the refrigerator. Dry before decorating.

If you are trying to be thoughtful about food waste, consider ways to use the extra plant parts after preparing dyes. Can you omit the vinegar and use the blueberries to make jam? Sauté the beet greens or perhaps use the beet root on a salad. Get creative! It goes without saying that boiled eggs can be a delicious source of protein, so try your eggs after you’ve enjoyed coloring them.