Wednesday—Robin's Egg Blue Easter Eggs

Use red cabbage to dye Easter eggs a beautiful shade of blue.  Then, spatter with edible gold paint for an elegant finish.

Robin's Egg Blue Easter Eggs

What a gorgeous shade of blue!

start with
  • 1 dozen white hard boiled eggs
  • 1 head red cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 4 T. white vinegar
  • a large wire strainer
  • a 4-cup glass measuring cup
  • edible metallic gold paint
  • a clean old toothbrush
  • lots of strong straight pins
  • a shallow box or a sheet of cardboard, large enough to dry all of your eggs

  1. Place chopped cabbage into a large pot with 5 cups of cold water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat & allow cabbage to cool completely.  

chop the cabbage smaller than this

DIY drying rack
  1. Assemble a drying rack out of cardboard & straight pins with enough pins to hold your eggs.  Each egg sits on 4 pins.  It's easier if you draw a 1" grid on the cardboard, then apply the pins.  The cardboard has to be thick enough to secure the pins & make strong stands for the eggs.  I let my eggs dry overnight, and they had damp, dark blue spots on the bottoms.  I dried the spots with paper towels.

dye the eggs

Squeeze the juice out of the cabbage by handfuls to preserve as much of the juice as possible.  It's okay if a few small bits of cabbage make it through the strainer.

  1. You should end up with about 4 cups of juice.
  2. Stir in 4 tablespoons of white vinegar.
  3. Place the eggs in a glass dish that is deep enough to immerse the eggs in dye.  If you don't mind rings on your eggs, then leave some of the eggs with a portion of their shells exposed.  
  4. For lighter blue, leave the eggs in for about 45 to 55 minutes.  For darker shades of blue, leave in 1 to 2 hours more.  The colors will range from baby blue to turquoise to deep blue.
  5. Carefully place on the drying rack & allow to dry completely.  There may be blue spots underneath the shells as they dry.  Dab with a paper towel to lighten.

the color of the dye is magenta, at first

the color of the dye changes to purple

drying on straight pins

speckle the eggs

Once the eggs are completely dry, dip a dry toothbrush into the edible paint & run your index finger along the bristles toward each egg.  I held the eggs between my thumb and index finger while I speckled them.  Dry the hand you are using to hold the eggs between each application because they get slippery!  Put them back on the drying rack to allow the gold paint to dry (about an hour).

Earth egg

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• have • a • fun • easter • 

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