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Dinosaur Easter Eggs - Make Them Using Kool-aid and Yellow Onion Skins!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 22:12
Through a bit of serendipity, what began as a "failed" Easter egg coloring experiment using Kool-aid and yellow onion skins turned to be a huge success!!! Presenting Dinosaur Eggs!! More specifically - Sauropod Eggs!
Perfect right? This one is the real deal - recently donated to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon
We happen to volunteer as curator assistants a couple days a month. During our last visit when I saw this beauty nestled in my sweetie's hand I thought - OMG - I didn't fail - I made Dinosaur Easter Eggs!
And just how did I do that? Well - playing around with onion skin dye again - like last year only with color! Kool-aid in this instance.
Dyeing eggs with yellow onion skins is not only one of the oldest and most natural egg coloring tricks around, it is also one of the easiest!
And this year I figured out - actually my brilliant sweetie figured out - that I don't really have to purchase a dozen onions! He simply rummaged around in the onion bin and collected the skins that had already fallen to the bottom. ( We added a couple onions to the bag just to be nice!!!)
After allowing the eggs to warm up to room temperature, I wrapped them in a couple onion skins, then in foil (per this tutorial) and carefully dropped them into about 4 - 5 cups of boiling Kool-aid water! (Recipe - 4-5 cups water, one packet of Kool-aid.)
Use a stainless steel pan to prevent any other reactions!!
I boiled the eggs for 7 minutes, turned off the heat and allowed them to cool to room temperature. (If you can't wait that long - cool enough to handle happens in about half an hour.)
And then the really fun part! Unwrapping the egg and seeing what happened!!! This one was cooked in "Ice Blue Raspberry"Kool-aid!
And another! And another!
This one - Black Cherry!
And this one - Peach Mango!
I was all prepared to go purchase more colors and then I noticed something weird happening!
White powdery residue formed all over the egg.
I have no idea what it is or why it happened. It does not rub off. And until I saw the Sauropod egg, I was thinking that my little experiment was an utter failure! Thank goodness I didn't act on my impulse to toss them out right away!
FYI - the Ice Blue Raspberry and the Peach Mango both tend to make an opaque "brew" while the Black Cherry "brew" remains clear. Opaque or transparent - same results.
What I particularly love about dying eggs with yellow onion skins is that the boiling and coloring happen in the same step! And then there is the magic of opening those little packets to see what happened! Every egg will be different.
But to be on the safe side, since I do not know why the eggs are coated with this residue, I do not recommend they be eaten. I am sure they are fine, but i always error on the safe side!
Let the kids make a Dinosaur nest with clay or mud or straw or moss and enjoy the eggs as a display. I mean - what kid doesn't want his own Dinosaur eggs? Dinosaur Easter Eggs will last at least a couple weeks or so. Maybe even longer!
And here is an option you might like!
After about a week in the Dinosaur nest, I was growing more and more fond of my Dinosaur eggs!
And then I remembered that a clever egg crafter had once suggested in a post that rubbing cooking oil over the surface would polish colored eggs. I didn't actually have any cooking oil at the time, so I used Pam cooking spray! I was thinking the underlying colors would pop.
I was surprised to find that the powdery residue nearly vanished! The egg colors were restored to what they were while still wet.
And after several hours - even more of that powdery residue disappeared!
BUT to be totally honest - I sort of wish I had left mine alone now - I rather liked them as Dinosaur Eggs! But - in the interest of crafty science….
Having only tried three flavors of Kool-aid - I am hoping some of you will let me know what flavors worked best for you!
You might also let the kids play with coloring eggs using this age old method in the more traditional ways described here!
And while the Dinosaur eggs are cooling to room temperature, let the kids do some pysansky doodling on brown eggs. The eggs in this post were colored using Sharpie felt tip markers and were hollowed out prior to coloring.
But they can also be preboiled and drawing applied with Wilton's Food Writer Edible Color markers. See how here!