Over the past few years I have really been working on becoming a more sustainable and eco friendly. So this year I really wanted to dye eggs for Easter but really was not sure about how to go about doing so in an sustainable Eco friendly way. After much research I finally found a way!
Since we raise chickens I knew I wanted to use our own eggs. I decided to use our bantam chicken eggs (they are smaller in size) since we have more of them then full sized eggs anyways.
So know that the egg part was taken care of, it was on to what to dye them with. I decided on red cabbage, it’s purple like color seemed like it would have the greatest effect.
Finally I needed to get leaves, flowers, a pair of pantyhose, white vinegar and a medium sized pot and a gallon or so of water.
First step is to fill your pot with water (about a gallon or so depending on how many eggs you are making).
Next cut your whole ahead of red cabbage into quarters. Next put the cabbage pieces into the water place it on the stove, and bring to a boil.
Once the water is boiling reduce temperature and let it simmer for about and hour or so.
In the mean time got your eggs ready by putting the flower or leaves on the eggs with the smooth or petal side down and then wrap them with the pantyhose carefully but tightly as to not brake the eggs. To do this I cut a section of the pantyhose for each and tied a knot in one end placed the flower/leaves on the egg, put the pantyhose over the egg and tied a knot in the other end.
Once the hour is up, take the cabbage out of the water and eat or give to your chickens (if you have them) or you can put it in your compost pile as well. Add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of white vinegar in the water and gently place the eggs in the pot.
Now bring the pot to a boil. Once it is Boling turn down the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes (this is hard boiling the eggs).
After your 15 minute simmer Let the eggs sit in the water for at least an hour. I let mine sit over night (in the refrigerator) to get a deeper color.
When your satisfied with the color taken your eggs out cut the pantyhose off and take the leaves off, and let them dry!
Hope you have as much fun as I did! Happy Easter!