Blueberry Stain on my counter
I finally found my blueberries at the very bottom of the freezer so my last batch of dyed eggs for this year was blueberry. I put 1 Cup of frozen blueberries into 1 1/2 C water with 1 T vinegar and boiled them for 15 minutes. I also stuck an uncooked egg in with them to see what would happen.
Well, the uncooked egg both cooked and dyed and came out like this:
Egg cooked with blueberries
It looks much more purple in the picture than the grape juice one did, but actually they are very similar in color. It was a mottled color though and I’m not sure if that was because of how it was dyed or if it was the eggshell itself.
After removing the egg, I strained the blueberries and squeezed out the remaining juice to get my dye. I dyed an egg for 1, 5 and 10 minutes like all of the other ones. Here is the final product:
Blueberry dye bath - 10 minutes
The egg was less mottled than the one cooked with the blueberries and it is a little lighter in color. Still more gray than purple to me, just like the grape juice, but Scott thought it was a nice color.
Since I had one egg left I tried the Turmeric again, this time with 2 tsp of tumeric cooked in 1 cup of water with 1 T vinegar in the microwave for 3 minutes. While the egg colored up faster at the 1 minute point, the end color was exactly the same as the less concentrated version I tried back on day 1. A very pretty yellow, just not a rich orange like I was hoping for. Here’s the egg after 10 minutes:
Turmeric egg at 10 minutes
So that concludes the dye experiment for now. I think I’ll continue this throughout the year as I often have hard cooked eggs on hand and I have a lot of other dyes I’d like to try. Right now I’m busy writing up my findings and suggestions for a small ebook we’ll have here to download. If you look below you can see all the eggs I dyed.
From l-r, top to bottom: beets, turmeric, spinach, paprika, coffee, tea, grape juice, blueberries
I did find that when you put them together like this it was a very unique group of eggs and pleasing to my eye. Not the garash colors of store-bought dye or Kool-Aid, but definitely neat to look at.