Why are organic eggs colored brown

Easter eggs: organic eggs need natural colors

We would like to give you a few suggestions for the natural egg coloring give. With the joy of experimentation and completely without chemistry, you will get beautiful color tones, which can vary greatly in intensity. Compared to the chemically colored Easter eggs, the coloring after coloring in a brew made from vegetables, fruit juices, spices, tea or coffee tends to be more subtle and - depending on the manufacturing process - more natural.

These colors are achieved, for example, by the following ingredients, most of which you will find here:

  • yellow: Onion skins, turmeric
  • brown: Coffee grounds, black tea
  • orange: Carrots, marigold flowers, black tea
  • red, pink: Beetroot, paprika powder, rooibos tea, red cabbage
  • violet: Blueberry juice, purple haze carrots, red cabbage
  • green: Spinach, dandelion, parsley, green tea

Some ingredients are listed twice as the result may vary depending on the duration and amount.

There are a variety of coloring options; also in terms of the manufacturing process. So you can hot or cold dyeing. To get started, I would like to give you some information on the way, but encourage you to try it out yourself in a playful way. Sometimes you can expect surprises that you would not have expected.

Raw (hot dyeing) or pre-cooked eggs (cold dyeing) with a white or brown shell are used. On a white bowl, the colors can appear a bit stronger in tone, on a brown background the tones are usually a little more subtle, which has its own charm. I used eggs whose shells covered a wide range of shades of brown - from light brown (almost white) to a medium shade of brown. Before dyeing, the eggs are washed off with vinegar so that the color can then be easily absorbed. The printed stamp can also be removed with vinegar. Alternatively, vinegar can also be added to the colored brew.

Depending on the size of the pot, you use 1-2 liters of water in which approx. 250-500g vegetables or plants are cooked for at least 10 minutes. The cooking time can also be extended to 30-40 minutes if the brew is still too colorless. After that, raw eggs can simply be cooked in the respective stock for at least 10 minutes. Some also recommend extending the cooking time of the eggs to 15-20 minutes so that the color is even better absorbed. Personally, I prefer to go over to cold dyeing so that the eggs don't get too hard and dry. That means, I turned off the stove and left the eggs in the brew for a while. How long strongly depended on the coloring ingredient used and the proportions. The more vegetables were used in relation to the water, the stronger the color result was of course.

It is also possible to put the (pre-cooked) eggs in a brew that has already cooled down and let them steep until the desired color is achieved. This is especially recommended when coloring with children so that they do not scald themselves in the hot water. As with hot dyeing, the desired color can be achieved after 10 minutes or only after a few hours to a few days. A regular interim check is highly recommended, because otherwise the desired color scheme may also be “missed”.

When the desired color result is achieved, the eggs are removed from the brew and placed on an absorbent cloth to dry. Only when the egg is completely dry is it carefully rubbed with oil, e.g. sunflower oil. So it shines in a wonderful shine.

Other color brews can arise like this:

For tea or coffee, approx. 30-50 g of the respective product is boiled in 1-2 liters of water for 20-30 minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, add the raw eggs to the boil for another 10 minutes or dip the pre-cooked eggs into the stock at the end and leave them to lie.

I used blueberry juice pure. The paint was applied in several layers in a very short time. However, individual parts then loosened again during drying, but this resulted in a nice marble effect. All I did was take a drinking glass and pour in enough juice that just about an egg could submerge in it. To save juice, I then repeated the process several times with other eggs in the same brew. You would need a lot of pure juice for a whole pot. Here it is advisable to mix juice with water. The result will of course be different.

I had two handfuls of Purple Haze - carrots that were no longer “full of juice” at home. I used them in chopped up for my dyeing experiments. So that I got my desired amount, I added leftovers from cleaning fresh carrots of this type. Incidentally, the result after an extensive “purple-haze bath” was purple eggs and one of them turned into an almost turquoise egg when it dried.

I made a brew of turmeric (or other spices) from 1.5 liters of water and 1 tbsp of the powder. Cooking time: 10 minutes

Unfortunately, I haven't had any good experiences with spinach. Even after lying in the brew for a long time (2-3 days), I only got an extremely pale yellow-greenish color result in the end.

Ornaments:

There are a lot of ways to add extra pep to the eggs with patterns and co. There are no limits for your creativity.

While taking a walk, I collected small leaves and flowers. I cut out small squares out of discarded sheer tights. On an egg I placed a plant part in the desired place and fixed it with the nylon piece by wrapping it tightly around the egg and closing it with a kitchen thread. So the egg was then put into the colored brew. I carefully removed the stocking after taking it out of the brew and only removed the leaf or flower when the egg was dry.

Now I wish everyone a lot of fun trying them out! If you want, you can tell me about your experiences ... 🙂