For a truly “green” Easter why not make some interesting natural dyes and color eggs with them? It’s an interesting project to do with children. White eggs work best, but light- to medium-brown eggs can also be colored.
To make dyes, mix two cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with any of the items noted in the following list for various colors. You can mix the ingredients listed below to create your own shades or use them separately. The colors you get will be softer than commercial dyes and each egg will be unique. All of the natural ingredients are safe to eat.
* Blues, purples: Use any of the following:
* 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, chrushed
* 2 cups shredded red cabbage
* 1 cup concentrated grape juice
* 1–2 cups red onion skins
* Reds, pinks, oranges: Choose from the following:
* 1–2 cups chopped fresh red beets
* 2 tablespoons paprika
* 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chrushed
* 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, chrushed
* 1–2 cups of frozen concentrate for cherries, cranberries, or raspberries
* Greens: Use either of the following:
* 1 cup of blueberries mixed with 2 tablespoons turmeric
* 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
* Yellows, golds: Choose from the following:
* 2 cups yellow onion skins
* 1 cup concentrated orange juice
* 3 tablespoons cumin
* 3 tablespoons turmeric
* 1/4 cup celery seed
You can dye your eggs using either of the following methods:
* Boil the eggs right in the pan with the dye products. If you want to cook the eggs in the dye you must simmer the mixture for about 8 minutes to thoroughly cook the eggs. The mixture should cover the eggs, so you may need to add additional water and vinegar. Add the eggs before heating the dye and cook slowly so the eggs don’t crack. Let the eggs stand in the hot water for 10 minutes after turning off the heat.
* Boil the eggs and make your dyes separately, and then soak the hard-boiled eggs in the dye. To make the dye alone, bring the ingredients to a boil and then simmer for about 2 minutes. Strain the dye mixture. Hard-boil the eggs separately. Then soak the eggs in the dye until they are as colored as you want them. If you soak them for more than 30 minutes, set the pan or bowl with the eggs and dye in the refrigerator.
After coloring, allow the eggs to dry and refrigerate them if they’re going to be eaten later. If hard boiled eggs have set outside the refrigerator for more than 2 hours do not eat them.