If you and your family are opting for a healthier life we have a cool project you can do alone or with the whole family! Typical dyes that you buy from the grocery store are riddled with chemicals, a fun natural alternative is to dye your Easter eggs this year with spices, fruits, vegetables and even coffee! Who Knew you could create colorful dyes with these ingredients?
For the Brightest colors buy white eggs!
-Turmeric and carrots will make a bright yellow
-Red beets and add blackberries to make a pink to red
-Red onion skins try adding beets and grape juice to produce a reddish purple
-Red cabbage will create a blue
-Spinach throw in some parsley and blueberries will turn your eggs green
-Purple grape juice will give you lavender hues
-Coffee no surprise here brown
-Chili powder and yellow onion skins will make orange
-Raspberries and blackberries will give your eggs a pinkish purple
-Yellow and green apple peels will turn your eggs a yellowish green
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To make the dye, take 4 cups of chopped or mashed fruits and veggies, or 4 tablespoons of spice, and boil them in 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Let that simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out the bits of fruits or vegetables. The remaining liquid is your dye.
Soak the eggs in the dye overnight. If the color still isn’t bright enough by morning, carefully transfer the dye and eggs to a small saucepan and gently simmer for up to 30 minutes. As each batch varies you will get to experiment and be in awe with all the different shades and colors!
Learning a new and healthier way to continue tradition will be fun for everyone and while the eggs are being hunted you and your family will have had the most memorable Easter of all!