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!)
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,
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.
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.
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.