Now that my kids are teenagers, they are no longer interested in decorating Easter eggs. I love Easter eggs, and, in my opinion, they are a necessity to a well decorated Easter table. For last year’s table I used my favorite Araucana eggs on my table; they are nature’s Easter eggs. This year I decided it would be fun to try to use my second favorite type of eggs – quail eggs. They are little tiny speckled eggs and are beautiful in their natural state, but I decided it would be fun to try to dye them. I love the results. I used a simple dye made from food coloring, warm water, and vinegar. I didn’t get too crazy with different colors, but I’m sure there are many more possibilities. I experimented with different shades by leaving the eggs in the dye for different amounts of time; for the more pastel shades, shorter soaks work well, but for really deep, luxurious colors, let the eggs soak for a couple of minutes. The greatest challenge with these Easter eggs is finding a quail egg supplier. Most Asian grocery stores carry quail eggs, and you could try specialty/gourmet stores or a Whole Foods. I hard boiled the quail eggs because I hate the process of blowing eggs – I always feel that I’m going to burst a blood vessel in my brain. If you use raw or hard boiled eggs, remember to keep the eggs refrigerated until you are ready to use them to decorate.
- Quail Eggs- hard boiled or blown out
- Food Coloring
- White Vinegar
Set out enough small bowls for however many colors you want to use (remember you can adjust colors by adjusting the amount of soaking time). For each color combine 1 Cup of Hot Water with 1/4 Cup of White Vinegar. Add food coloring until desired color is reached. Listed below are the colors that I used along with the number of drops of food coloring for each.
- Blue: 10 Drops of Blue Food Coloring
- Green: 8 Drops of Green Food Coloring
- Red/Pink: 4 Drops of Red Food Coloring
- Yellow: 5 Drops of Yellow Food Coloring
- Aqua: 4 Drops of Green and 4 Drops of Blue Food Coloring
- Orange: 4 Drops of Red and 3 Drops of Yellow Food Coloring
- Purple/Lavender: 4 Drops of Blue and 3 Drops of Red Food Coloring