Friday, April 10, 2009

The Difference Between Dyed Brown & White Eggs

Formerly brown eggs on the left: white on the right

Do not dye brown eggs if you prefer the pastel colors of the dyed white egg: the brown eggs turn out into a much deeper, darker shade than their white cousins that were dipped into the same cup of dye.


I thought I'd show you the difference, because you may not like the results of the darker colors. My boys happen to LOVE the darker colors, and me, being the girl that I am, I do prefer the white eggs dyed for Easter --they take on the magical pastel hue I remember from a childhood of dyeing white eggs.


And, to make your own Easter egg dye: add at least 2 T. of white vinegar to a cup that has drops of food color; then add your hot water and stir thoroughly before dipping your eggs into it.

A little Easter display from my sister's home (I went up north to see her yesterday and we spent a pleasant afternoon.)


Donna said...

I love the dark eggs! Gorgeous!

Kelly Bergsing said...

I really like the dark eggs!! I have never dyed brown eggs before! That makes me want to, though!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, over here in England, we only have brown eggs from the grocery store and I have had a bad time trying to dye them with Easter egg dyes but this year we have our own little hen who lays white eggs so for the first time in 17.5 years I am going to get to dye white eggs again! I am also going to use my own food colours instead of the "easter dyes". Hope you have a super weekend! Happy Easter!

Chicken Herder from Westville said...

I love the white dyed eggs, especially the blue ones they are my favorites. But I also like the deep rich colors of the brown eggs dyed. Hmm I wonder how blue eggs would dye? I have plenty. No one called me for eggs this week.

tincanlily said...

It is funny you post this today. A friend said her daughter bought brown eggs not knowing that white eggs are usually used when coloring eggs. She liked how the brown eggs came out.
Thanks for thinking of me and my family during this sad time.

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aimee said...

Great information-I did not know there would so much difference.
Have a blessed Easter!

Eclectic Chic Style said...

I love the dark eggs and have never seen them dyed before. Maybe next year I can do both. Thank you so much for showing that to us!!!!
♥ Teresa

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I am with you - the dark colors are cool but I am a sucker for those pretty pastels! And like Chicken Herder my immediate thought was, I wonder how blue eggs would dye? You could probably make a nice dark teal one!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

Thanks so much for the tip! I BOUGHT BROWN EGGS since I learned that from you! Have a wonderful easter weekend!


Lori 1909 Farmhouse said...

I've never been one for the pastels and since moving to Florida where we stay green and have blooms of some sort all year long, I don't feel the need of the pastel Easter Eggs to herald the coming of spring for me.....all this to say....I LOVE LOVE LOVE the deep color and am so glad my friend just brought me two doz. brown eggs!!!! I'm a happy camper...thanks for giving me a preview of what our eggs will look like!

Bridget said...

We have chickens laying for the first time this easter and they lay brown so I thought for sure I'd have to buy white eggs just to dye. I'm so glad you posted this because I didn't think the dye would take on brown. I love them and can't wait to do it with our own eggs!