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Natural colored Easter eggs at home
Dyeing Easter eggs is a timeless tradition that can be enjoyed by the whole family. With a few simple, natural ingredients, you can easily make vibrant and unique hues for your Easter eggs. Learn how to make your own naturally dyed Easter eggs and create a fun and eco-friendly craft!
You can indeed easily color your Easter eggs with foodstuffs that may already be in your fridge, produce bin or storage cellar.
In this post I will tell you exactly what you can use to create colorful eggs without the worry of chemical dyes that you’re trying to avoid in your diet or in your home in general.
Grab the vinegar (sorry there isn’t a way to get around egg coloring and void the vinegar smell) and read on for recipes to create your favorite colors from your kitchen to make every Easter basket smile like a spring rainbow.
Save up all those yellow onion skins and let them color your eggs a soft sunny shade of orange.
Blueberries are the obvious choice but purple cabbage also lets off plenty of blue when cooked.
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Color: Red or pink
Beets are plentiful in the spring, even the greens will let off plenty of vibrant color because of all the red in the stalks and leaf veins.
Ground turmeric will make an even richer yellow than the washed out yellow that comes with commercial dye. Have you left an egg soak in yellow dye for 6 hours and it’s still sad and pale? When using turmeric, be sure to wear gloves because it will stain fingers, counters and clothing.
If you are a crocheter, check out all the adorable things you can crochet for Easter crochet ideas.
you can make bunny pillows, farm animals, chocolate bunnies and more!
How to get the color you want for your naturally colored Easter eggs
Proportions of spice or fresh produce is as follows:
1 cup of water + 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar and
2 Tablespoons of the ground spice OR 1 cup of fresh produce
- In a medium sized saucepan bring water and vinegar to a boil. Then add ingredients to create the color you want. Lower heat, cover and let it simmer for 30 minutes to fully infuse the water with color.
- Turn off heat and let the pot cool before straining the colored water with a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
- Add the eggs to the color water and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes. Natural color can take longer than commercial dye so keep an eye out for how deep you want the color to be by checking at 30 minute intervals.
- Once desired color is reaches remove eggs with tongs and pat dry with paper towel. You may wish to dry on a rack.