5 Steps for Beautifully Dyed and Decorated Easter Eggs
Learn how to naturally dye eggs in your Thermomix® with the TM6 Egg Boiler mode, and get great tips for turning your eggs into artwork!
1. Choose the right eggs
When naturally dyeing your eggs, use white eggs for the best results. You can also dye brown eggs, but expect different tones of colour than with white eggs. For a larger variety of colours, dye both brown and white eggs!
2. Prepare the egg shells
To ensure the egg shells absorb the colour, get the kids to place the eggs in a vinegar bath (1 tablespoon vinegar to 1L water) for a few minutes before dyeing them. You can also rub the shells with a cloth soaked in vinegar. This roughens the shells and ensures that the colour adheres.
Watch how it's done
3. Add an extra special touch
Before dyeing your eggs, try some of these tricks for an extra special effect:
Lines and Stripes - place rubber bands, wool or thread of different sizes around the raw eggs. Wherever the rubber band touches the shell, the egg cannot absorb colour and will remain white/brown.
Leaves and Flowers - collect small leaves, herbs, or flowers and place them directly on the shell of the raw egg. Carefully slip a nylon sock over the egg and tie it tightly around the egg. The parts of the shell that are covered by leaves will not absorb the dye.
Symbols and Letters - paint your eggs with lemon juice. Dip a cotton swab in freshly squeezed lemon juice and carefully paint small symbols or letters on the eggshell. When you dye the eggs, the spots that have the lemon juice will not be coloured.
4. Naturally dye your eggs
Decide what colour you want to dye your eggs. Then, use the Thermomix® TM6 Egg Boiler mode to hard boil and dye your eggs!
• Follow the recipes above to dye your eggs different colours. For each colour, place the water, eggs and colouring ingredient directly in the mixing bowl and use the Egg Boiler mode to hard boil your eggs (some dyeing ingredients need to be chopped beforehand, like red cabbage).
• If the colour does not seem intense enough, you can place the eggs back in the liquid to soak for a few minutes, hours, or even leave them overnight in the cooled liquid.
• If you placed elastic bands or flowers and nylons on the eggs for the dyeing process, wait for the eggs to cool completely before removing!
5. The final touch!
After your dyed eggs have cooled completely, get out some art supplies so the kids can add some personal and creative touches.
If you want your eggs to have a nice shine, rub the eggs with a soft cloth and some vegetable oil.
Use food-safe felt pens to draw on the eggs. Try drawing little bunny or chick faces on the dyed eggs then use coloured paper to cut out and glue on bunny ears or chick beaks!
If you plan to consume the dyed eggs, store them in the refrigerator and consume within 1 week.
Want to compliment your Easter brunch with perfectly cooked eggs? Whether soft boiled, medium, or hard boiled, cook perfect eggs with the TM6 Egg Boiler mode.