All Natural Egg Dyes
Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 8:00 am
Dying hard-boiled eggs is a huge Easter tradition for many families. Parents and children gather around and create fun, festive eggs to search for on Easter morning. Unfortunately, the safety of many of the artificial colors and dyes on the market today are being heavily questioned by scientists and health professionals. Luckily, it’s super easy to create your own dyes at home with foods you already have in your refrigerator or fruit bowl. You can use fresh, canned or frozen goods. It requires a little more effort, but the result is beautiful and you’ll have a blast creating your own colorful shades! Best of all, when the egg hunt is over, you’ll feel safe when you or your family enjoy eating the hard boiled eggs.
To create your own egg dyes, you simply simmer vegetables or fruit juices in boiling water for about 15 minutes. Adding too much water will dilute your dyes, so add a little bit at a time. If you’re looking for a deeper color, try using vinegar in the place of water. When you have a pretty hue, strain the mixture to remove the die from chunks of food and let the dye cool. Now you can get to the fun part! The longer you leave your egg in the dye, the bolder the color!
Here are some fresh foods you can use to create your very own egg dyes:
Red – Beets, cranberries, raspberries, cherries (with juice), pomegranate juice, and boiled red onion skins
Orange – Boiled yellow onion skins, cooked carrots, paprika, or chili powder
Yellow – Tumeric, green or chamomile tea bags, ground cumin, orange or lemon peels, celery seed, or carrot tops
Green – Spinach
Blue – Canned blueberries, boiled red cabbage leaves, and grape juice
Purple – Grape juice (a small amount), red wine, hibiscus tea, small amount of boiled red onion skins, red zinger tea, or violet blossoms with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Brown – Coffee, black tea, boiled black walnut shells or dill seed
Looking to really make a difference this Easter? Use free-range, organic eggs!