- Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
- Canned Cherries with Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
There is not precise amount of each ingredient you should use. You can use a cup of each larger ingredient, and few tablespoons of the spices. Boil the water for a while and see if the water is colored enough.
Put the ingredients in a saucepan and add enough water to cover it an inch above the products. Add 1/4 cup of distilled vinegar in each batch. You can even use 2 cups of each ingredient, depending of the product you use.
Bring to a boiling point the water and the ingredient you choose, reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer from 30 minutes to an hour, or even longer until you get the desired color. That is all you have to do, just choose a color and aim to get it.
Strain the colored liquid and put it in a container deep enough to put the eggs in.
Do not forget to use some vinegar, since it provides a better absorption of the color in the eggshell. You can also add another tablespoon in the “color” before you put the eggs in.
Use tongs to put the eggs in the hot dye. Let them sit longer in order to get the color you need. You can take the eggs out anytime you feel the color is good. Leaving the eggs in the liquid overnight in the fridge is another great way to get the desired effect.
Be sure to keep the colored eggs in the fridge if you are going to eat them. The intensity of the color depends on how long you keep the eggs in the dyeing liquid.
Did you know that these dyeing techniques can be used to color fabrics, wool and yarn? It is also a great history lesson for the children, since early settlers used techniques similar to these for their clothing.