Easter Eggs

23rd April 2011, in Dairy, Tips & Techniques, USE IT (2 Comments)

My personal chicken and egg dilemma was recently solved in a conversation with Leanne McConnachie, director of the farm animals program for the Vancouver Humane Society. She was telling me about the new Chicken Out better-lives-for-chickens video and that got me onto my Easter egg dilemma.

I like dying eggs. To get the right colours, I use white eggs, the ones from the marginalized chickens. I’ve never liked it but tradition wins out.

Have I ever tried dying brown eggs, she asked? No. So I did.

I always use the Greek dyes for their intense colours. I mix them the same way I mix Paas dyes: Add to a cup, 1/2 a package of dye powder (messy, have a wet rag on hand), 1 tablespoon of vinegar, boiling water to fill the cup 2/3 full.

Here are the results of both white and brown, the darker ones being the brown eggs. I like them. Quite a lot as it turns out.

Easter Eggs


April 29, 2011 8:46 am

James Johnstone (@@househistorybc)

The most beautiful Easter Egg colours I have ever seen! Simple. Luminescent! Fab!

April 29 2011 10:17 am


Forgot to mention that I rub them with a bit of olive oil when they're dry. Hence the gloss.

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