Vegan egg coloring kits
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Arts/Culture, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, Vegan.
Photo: Allyson Koerner

Hippity, hoppity Easter’s on its way! Can you believe Easter is almost here? It seems like it was just winter and now we’re getting ready for the Easter Bunny to hop on down the bunny trail.

Part of the tradition that falls on Sunday, April 8 this year is dying eggs. Most people hard-boil eggs, and then color them with artificial dyes or food coloring, which in turn are used for decorations, in an Easter egg hunt or turned into egg salad or deviled eggs.

Well, what about those who are looking for an alternative to the norm? For those of you who want to celebrate the holiday in an all-natural way EggNots is the solution. (Note: We received a free sample from the company to experiment with. Our results below!)

EggNots provide allergy-free and vegan friendly eggs to celebrate Easter

Simply, EggNots are ceramic eggs. They are vegan-friendly, eco-friendly, non-perishable and 100 percent safe for those with egg allergies.

EggNots was first created so everyone could enjoy the seasonal activity of dying eggs and I was lucky enough to experiment with this unique product, and let me say they’re fantastic. Not only do they dye nicely, but you can keep them year after year for decorating,

EggNots offer vegan-friendly and allergy-free eggs for Easter

When it comes to coloring, EggNots recommend their own special dye recipe, which includes boiled water, food coloring and white vinegar. To ensure your Easter is celebrated 100 percent naturally, why not use all-natural dyes?

Several natural-dye recipes exist out there, but I used one from Better Homes and Gardens. When it comes to all-natural dyes, you don’t purchase them in a box, but create them yourself. You might be thinking, this sounds time-consuming. I won’t lie, yes it is, but it’s well worth it. Plus, you get to experiment and it creates a whole new experience.

You can create every color from bluish-gray to jade green to mustard-yellow. The colors I chose were blue, brown and golden yellow. I’ll admit not all my dyes turned out. I tried to make lavender and faint-red orange, but to no avail. Even I had to find my way, but once you do, it’s easy.

To help get you started I’ll provide a “how to” when dying the EggNots blue. Here are the required ingredients and method.

Red cabbage is used to make all-natural blue Easter egg dyeIngredients:
EggNots (1 container = 12 eggs)
1 red cabbage
Vinegar
Water

Method:
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks.
Add chunks to 4 cups boiling water.
Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar.
Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Scoop leftover liquid/dye into small bowl or cup.
Place one EggNot gently in dye.
Use spoon to cover egg with dye. Also, use spoon to hold egg under dye, to prevent from floating. This will help cover the egg completely with dye.

Dye vegan-friendly EggNots with all-natural dyes for EasterNote:
The dye will turn a dark pink/magenta color, but will dye blue.
For a brighter/darker color, let egg soak for an hour or two, or overnight.

When the egg is dyed to your liking, place on a paper towel to dry. After all the eggs are completed, then you’re all set. Easy enough, right? For other colors, just follow the instructions and you’re good to go. It takes a little bit more thought and time than regular dye, but this way you’re remaining eco-friendly.

This was a fun experiment, not only since I’ve never used ceramic eggs or natural dyes before, but because I got to work in the kitchen with my mom and create a new tradition.

As you can see from the picture below, the eggs turned out beautiful and you get all different shades of colors. I love my eggs, because there is a variety of blues, browns and yellows. You can choose a color scheme to go with a particular room or dye every color in the book. It’s up to you.

Vegan-friendly EggNots are great for Easter and with all-natural dyesHopefully you’ll try out this new, fun way to dye eggs this Easter, all while incorporating a new tradition and showing respect to the environment.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Jimskin

    A wonderful idea free of animal abuse. I support their efforts entirely, way to go.

  • Kelli Welling

    My family used these in celebrating the Spring Equinox and they are totally amazing! I noticed the dye ends up being a bit lighter after a day or so, but still– we love them!