I wrote in the Professor Layton bento post that the color blue is kind of a taboo color in the kyaraben world. In Japan, kyaraben are mostly for kids, and many moms try their best not to use food coloring in bento.
Any processed food contains food coloring, and I don’t freak out about it. I wanted to use minimal food coloring in my bento, so I looked for ways to dye food naturally.
[How to dye an egg naturally]
- curry powder or turmeric
- red cabbage
- red cabbage
1. Put a little bit of curry powder (or turmeric) into a glass of hot water, and mix well. Make sure you have enough water to completely cover the egg.
2. Put a hard-boiled egg in the water and leave it for 20~30 minutes. (stir it every 10 minutes or so)
[Pink and light blue egg]
1. Chop a leaf of red cabbage, and leave it in hot water for 10~15 minutes.
2. Remove the cabbage using a drainer, and pour the water into a small bowl or glass.
3. For a pink egg: Put a little bit (about a teaspoon) of vinegar into the water, and mix well.
4. Put the hard-boiled egg in the colored water and leave it for 20~30 minutes. (stir it every 10 minutes or so)
How long you leave the egg in the water is up to you. I wrote 20~30 minutes, because that’s how long I left the egg in the water. I found out that a shot glass is the perfect size for dyeing a quail egg. Curry powder and red cabbage may dye plastic containers, so used glass or porcelain containers for this project.
While I was doing research on the color blue in food, I learned something very interesting. “…blue is an appetite suppressant. Weight loss plans suggest putting your food on a blue plate. Or even better than that, put a blue light in your refrigerator and watch your munchies disappear.” (from Color Matters) So be careful not to use too much blue in your food.
You can see more pictures of “How to dye egg” on my flickr page.
And if you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!