Homemade Easter Egg Dye & Le Creuset Giveaway: Win a French Oven!

Stephie Swope | Eat Your Heart Out

Our Homemade Easter Egg dye guide is easy and fun to follow.

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I’ll admit it: I have no kids (unless you want to count my two cats...which I’m guessing you don’t), nor do I have any nieces or nephews. Basically, I have no age-appropriate reason to be dying Easter eggs.

And yet: This year, dying Easter eggs was exactly what I wanted to do! But I didn’t want to use traditional packaged dyes, which are full of chemicals that I wouldn’t really want all over my own hands, much less all over the hands of little ones.

And so: Off I went in pursuit of homemade, natural Easter egg dyes, free of artificial colors and mysterious, unpronounceable chemicals.

And, as it turns out, our friends at Le Creuset have been feeling the exact same way about dying Easter eggs this year! In celebration a few of their beautiful French oven colors – especially their new, cheery yellow, Soleil – they created some natural dyes to match. Caribbean blue, bright yellow, vibrant purple – these are some incredibly fun colors!

Easter Egg Dyes

The fine folks at Le Creuset were even kind enough to send me my own French oven in their new Soleil color, and let me tell you: that is one fine piece of cookware! The cheery yellow color is absolute perfection in my blue and yellow kitchen, and the French oven is perfect for everything from preparing a roast to simmering soups and stews to hard-boiling Easter eggs. The possibilities are endless.

And because we all love their French ovens so much, three lucky readers have the opportunity to win one of their own! That’s right – three of you will win a Le Creuset 5 ½-quart French oven in your choice of Caribbean blue, Cassis purple or Soleil yellow.

To enter:

  1. Take a picture of your own homemade Le Creuset Easter egg dye creations.
  2. Post your picture to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #LeCreusetEasterEggs and #FoodFanatic.
  3. Entries will be gathered via the hashtags and three winners will be chosen!

The contest closes on March 31st at 11:59 PM EST, and winners will be chosen and contacted via comment or @reply on their photo. Be sure to upload your pictures by March 31st, and don’t forget the hashtags!

Good luck, and happy egg dying!

 Le Creuset Easter Eggs

Terms & Conditions:

  • This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until March 31st, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the twitter @ reply or instagram comment.
  • Winner(s) will have until 4/2/13 to claim their Le Creuset French Oven or we will choose another winner.
  • Winner will receive (1) 5 1/2 Quart Le Creuset French Oven in winner's choice of Cassis, Caribbean Blue, or Soleil {$275.00 AVP}. Product will be shipped by Le Creuset.
  • This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided to you by Le Creuset. The views and opinions expressed by contributors on Food Fanatic are based entirely upon the contributor's experiences with the products listed. Neither the contributor nor Food Fanatic was compensated monetarily for this post, but the contributor did receive the product listed for review.

The following Easter egg recipes are courtesy of Food Fanatic contributor Stephie Swope:

Ingredients

  • 3 small beets, washed and cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Place the quartered beets and 3-4 uncooked eggs in the bottom of a small saucepan.
  2. Cover with enough cool water to cover the eggs by about 1 inch, and add the vinegar.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat; remove from heat, cover, and set a timer for 15 minutes.
  4. At the end of the 15 minutes, remove the lid, place the eggs in a bowl and strain the dye into the bowl.
  5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator to cool.
  6. Leave the eggs in the dye for as little as one hour or as much as 12, until desired color hue is achieved.
  7. Remove eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon and place on a rack in the fridge to dry.
     

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 cups water, boiling
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Place the paprika in a bowl.
  2. Add the boiling water and vinegar, stirring to combine.
  3. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then add 3-4 freshly-cooked hard-boiled eggs.
  4. Place the bowl in the refrigerator; leave eggs in the dye for as little as 1 hour or as many as 12, until desired color hue is achieved.
  5. Remove eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon and place on a rack in the fridge to dry.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups water, boiled
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 large eggs

Directions

  1. Place the blueberries in a bowl.
  2. Add the boiling water and vinegar, stirring to combine.
  3. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, strain the dye, then add 3-4 freshly-cooked hard-boiled eggs.
  4. Place the bowl in the refrigerator; leave eggs in the dye for as little as 1 hour or as many as 12, until desired color hue is achieved.
  5. Remove eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon and place on a rack in the fridge to dry.

**To hard-boil eggs: Place eggs in a pot. Cover with about 1 inch of cool water. Bring to a boil over high heat; immediately remove from heat, cover, and set a timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove lid and run cool water over the eggs to halt cooking.**

The following Easter egg recipes are courtesy of Le Creuset:

Ingredients

  • 12 large eggs
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 cups grape juice

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in the bottom of the pot. Add water, vinegar and grape juice.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove eggs from pot and place in large bowl.
  3. Strain liquid through a coffee strainer and pour strained liquid into bowl with eggs. Cover and refrigerate overnight for deeper color.
  4. Remove from liquid and keep refrigerated.

Ingredients

  • 12 large eggs
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add water, vinegar and tumeric.
  3. Gently stir to dissolve tumeric. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove eggs from pot and place in large bowl to cool. Keep refrigerated.

Ingredients

  • 12 large eggs
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/4 head red cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in the bottom of the pot. Add water, vinegar and cabbage.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove eggs from pot and place in large bowl.
  3. Strain liquid through a coffee strainer and pour strained liquid into bowl with eggs.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight for deeper color.
  5. Remove from liquid and keep refrigerated.
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    Margot-core

    Yours are so pretty. Not all of mine have been a resounding success. I just started a blog (it's not a real blog like yours) with pictures if you want to see 'em here: http://fanmailfromsomeflounder... The Turmeric definitely delivers. As for the hashtags and posting to Twitter the only ones I've seen don't have these kind of eggs at all! I wonder if Le Creuset will disqualify entries that don't even make the eggs (ha!). I haven't posted any yet. In any case there is time so I may make some more. Did you find that the beets worked well, that seems likely given that I always have red stuff under my nails for a few days after I cut up beets.

    Stephie-swope
    eat-your-heart-out.net @ Margot Core

    Hi Margot - I had to do some experimenting to get mine to turn out as well, so don't get too discouraged! Keep trying and have fun with it - and go ahead and post your attempts! I did find that the beets worked quite well - I left mine in for maybe 4 or 5 hours, but I bet if you left them in the dye overnight they would be an even darker shade of pink. Good luck, and keep your chin up! Have some fun with it :-)

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    I love that these pretty dyes match the Creuset French ovens. Very cool!