North Market Spices

Color My World, or at Least My Easter Eggs

Looking to go a bit more natural with your Easter Egg colors this year? Herbs and Spices make wonderful, non-toxic, all natural dyes. Turmeric imparts a lovely shade of yellow. Beet Powder for your purple’s. Hibiscus powder created shades of blue. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons per cup of water to make the dyes. Figure to dye a dozen eggs you’ll need about 4 cups of liquid. For each cup add a tablespoon of white vinegar.

To make the dye: Pour the amount of water you need for the dye you’re making into a saucepan. Add the dye matter and bring the water to a boil.

Turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15 to 30 minutes. The dye is ready when it reaches a hue a few shades darker than you want for your egg. Drip a little dye onto a white dish to check the color. When the dye is as dark as you like, remove the pan from the heat and let the dye cool to room temperature.
Pour the cooled dye through a fine-mesh strainer into another saucepan (or into a bowl then back into the original pan if that’s all you have). Stir the vinegar into the dye — use 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of strained liquid.

Arrange the room-temperature eggs in single layer in a baking dish or other container and carefully pour the cooled dye over them. Make sure the eggs are completely submerged.

Transfer the eggs in the dye to the refrigerator and chill until the desired color is reached. Carefully dry the eggs, and then massage in a little oil to each one. Polish with a paper towel. Store the eggs in the refrigerator until it is time to eat (or hide) them.

North Market Spices LTD also stocks a full range of Lorann liquid food coloring. To use: Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with several drops of liquid (the more color added, the darker the shade) or gel food color (use a toothpick to dispense the gel color). Add 1 cup hot water. Completely immerse in dye. Remove when desired hue is achieved.

Our spice professionals can also put together a set of blends, rubs, and seasonings that suit your needs. Stop on in the North Market and discuss your needs with us.

Happy Cooking!