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Celebrating Easter Nature’s Way

Celebrating Easter Nature’s Way

Dyeing Easter eggs is a fun tradition that’s been around for centuries. So, how did our ancestors make all of those bright colors back before commercial egg dyes were sold in stores every spring?

Making natural dye colors out of fruits, vegetables, and other everyday items you can find in your home or garden is both easy and fun. Everything from onion skins to grass can be used to make vibrant all-natural colors. Just throw the raw materials into the boiling water while you cook the eggs — you’ll need to boil each color separately — and you’re good to go! For really vivid color, be sure to add at least a half a cup of dyeing material, and two teaspoons of vinegar, for each cup of water you use.

In a medium pan, put in a single layer of eggs, enough water to cover them, and your dyeing materials. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the eggs and dye mixture simmer for about 15 minutes. If you want the color on your eggs to be darker, let the eggs soak in the dye mixture in the fridge overnight.

Here are some natural ingredients you can use for various dye colors:

Purple: Grape Juice, Red Wine, Violets (works best mashed into a paste with lemon juice).

Blue: Canned Blueberries (including the juice), Red Cabbage Leaves.

Green: Grass Cuttings, Spinach Leaves.

Yellow: Carrot Tops, Ground Cumin or Turmeric, Orange or Lemon Peels.

Brown: Coffee.

Orange: Carrots, Chili Powder, Paprika. Yellow Onion Skins.

Pink: Canned Beets (with juice), Cranberry Juice, Raspberries.

Red: Canned Cherries (with juice), Pomegranate Juice, Red Onions Skins.

Want to know why we color Easter eggs?

4 comments

1 Rita C. { 03.28.13 at 7:10 am }

My hens lay brown eggs ;) would have to soak them for a couple of days for the vibrant colors!

2 monica { 04.08.12 at 1:45 pm }

No luck for me….I have six white eggs still. I am not sure what I did wrong? Oh well, back to PAAS. Maybe try again another time.

3 monica { 04.08.12 at 1:02 pm }

I hope it works like stated. I am trying it right now. Wish me luck! :D

4 Janet groves { 03.30.12 at 8:47 am }

What great ideas thank will share.

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