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Color Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid!
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 05:37
Beautiful, beautiful beautiful! I love how saturated the color is on these Kool-Aid dyed eggs!
Would I do it again? Absolutly!
Will it work for you? That is what this post is all about! Taking a very honest look at dyeing eggs using Kool-aid.
I've seen a couple tutorials lately for dying yarn using Kool-Aid. Two different methods but apparently they work! OMG the yarns are gorgeous. Go visit and see how it is done! Brilliant! Ideas and colors.!
Fabric dyed with kool-Aid? Yes! That too! Be sure to check out Cyn's post Dying To Be Creative and read all her excellent suggestions about working with kool-Aid dye. She plans more updates soon on Cynchronicity.
So I thought, hey! - if Kool-Aid will dye yarn and fabric - and kids hands and counter tops - I bet it will dye Easter eggs! So I boiled a couple eggs and bought an envelope of strawberry Kool-Aid and tested my theory.
I dissolved 1 envelope of Kool-Aid in one cup of water.
Hummmmm! I didn't know chickens could do this - make nice even lines on the eggs that are invisible until they are dipped in Kool-Aid! I would like to meet that chicken! No more wax resist! Yay!
So - OK - the lines aren't great but the color seems to work.
But once dry - insult added to injury. Look at that weird crazing! Very good thing for the future of this experiment that I had dyed another test before this one dried!
Second try - beautiful overall while wet.
And dry - much, much better! I love the color saturation!
The theory deserves further testing, don't you think?
I didn't get too crazy with this because after all, how many boiled eggs can two people eat? I selected only five new colors and reused the strawberry from the first test. (note: I saved it overnight in a jar and used it cold from the fridge the next day. Worked great!)
I used warm water and actually just for test purposes added a teaspoon of vinegar to each glass after dying the first egg. No difference with or without vinegar.
Test colors: lime, orange, grape, berry, lemon-lime and of course the strawberry.
(Note: Keep checking your egg color as Kool-Aid seems to work more quickly than most dyes I have used in the past.)
Two colors you needn't bother trying - lemon lime (no color) and grape (came out an ugly brown which you can see in the upper right in the image at the beginning of this post).
Orange, lime, berry and strawberry work great!
However, although lime makes a lovely green and berry a gorgeous blue, the orange actually turns out a deep rich yellow and strawberry is more orange than red.
I am on a quest to find a flavor that will make a pretty red or pink.
Lavender would be great but grape is not the ticket, and neither is mixing berry and strawberry - trust me on that one!
So, would I do this again? Absolutely!
The colors are really saturated and except for a couple eggs with deep pores, the coverage is very even. The bright colors make my eyes happy!
ADDED 4/3/10 BE SURE TO CHECK OUT A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DYING WITH KOOL-AID IN THESE FOLLOW-UP POSTS.
It is traditional in my family - has been since I was old enough to dye an egg - that we would dye our eggs in the evening before Easter and leave them sitting out for the Easter Bunny to hide while we were sleeping. Once they were gathered the next morning, they were immediately made into deviled eggs and chilled.
If this is the procedure in your home, the Kool-Aid dye works great.
In the interest of full disclosure and responsible testing practices, I have a couple other things to share!
1) While the eggs are wet, koolaid dye is easily removed from the egg surface. Handle very carefully and try to avoid scraping the surface. See the divots on the first test egg above.
2) Depending on the egg used, uneven coverage can occur.
I boiled 10 eggs for round two, and two of them, failed the test! It appears as if some eggs have deep pores which prevent even color coverage. The two eggs on the left are those unfortunate examples! Luckily for me - one of them was my ugly grape egg!
Incidentally, the egg on the right is the second egg tested initially. Eventually it crazed too. But crazing only occurred on these two jumbo eggs. The other ten, medium eggs came from another carton, from another egg producer and there was no crazing.
For best results while dying your eggs, I highly recommend using farm fresh eggs direct from the chicken coup!! Many, many people these days are raising and selling fresh eggs. Eggs sold in supermarkets often have chemical residue left on the egg surface that, and while not harmful, can certainly interfere with how the egg surface accepts the dye.
3) Kool-Aid dye is not terribly stable when exposed to moisture. ARGH!
I refrigerated my eggs as I plan to eat a few each day. They have maintained their beautiful color in the fridge for 4 days so far. I set three eggs out to use for lunch the day after testing.
Fortunately, I set out my three ugly eggs! Moisture from condensation formed as the eggs return to room temperature and seemed to destabilize the dye. So, I do not recommend cooling and re-warming eggs dyed with Kool-Aid - not if you are planning to show them to anyone!
4) I bet your are wondering - do they smell like strawberries or oranges? Do they taste like fruit flavored eggs?
The answer is NO! The eggs smell and taste just like eggs.
The Kool-Aid dye does bleed through the egg - a little here and there - just like other egg dyes - however, this is the absolute worst egg in the whole bunch and I left it in the dye a long time!
Personally, I would absolutely let my children dye their eggs in Kool-Aid just for the fun of it! All those fruity smells and the excitement of finding out what colors they will get with each flavor - a new twist on tradition! And actually, at $.12 a packet, your afternoon of fun is inexpensive - under a dollar for 8 colors!
Just be sure not to refrigerate after dying and eat within 24 hours!
Looking for some more natural ways to dye eggs?
And for a new and simple twist on the age old art of Pysanky egg decoration, check out this tutorial!
And don't toss out the shells after peeling your eggs! They make beautiful mosaic eggs! Find out how to do it here.