Natural Coloring for Easter Eggs
Preparing Eggs for Dying
1 dozen eggs
a pinch of salt
Place eggs in a non-aluminum pan and cover with water.
Put pan on stove and add a pinch of salt.
Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium.
Continue to cook for 20-30 minutes.
Remove pan from stove and immediately run entire pan under cold water.
Remove eggs from pan and let dry.
Dye and Egg Coloring
Place a pan of cold water on stove and bring to a boil.
Add the following natural foods to a non-porous cup along with a teaspoon of white vinegar to produce your colorings.
Dilute your colorings as desired.
Blue - blueberry juice or purple cabbage
Green - spinach
Purple - blueberry juice and red beets
Red - red beets
Yellow This is the hardest color to achieve and takes the most work. Boil onion skins on the stove in a small pot and let simmer with a teaspoon of white vinegar. Let the pot sit overnight before using the juice.
Take a paint brush and design your eggs instead of inserting them into the dyes. In this case use the dyes undiluted with a teaspoon of white vinegar. Comments These dyes will not be as vivid as the store bought ones but are all natural and may be used with your traditional easter bread recipe where aodd number of Easter eggs are inserted into the top of the loaf before baking.
Variations Take a small was crayon and write names on the eggs or to make designs on the eggs before dipping them into the dyes to make designs.
Tips for Dying Eggs
Be sure to place papers on your table or counter before using these dyes because they are just that dyes and very hard to remove should you spill. Dry your eggs completely before storing for Easter morning. After they are completely cold and dry, you may rub them with vegetable oil to give them a shiney coating and to preserve the color.
I recently saw another blog that the writer filled a mason jar with boiled eggs and then poured the color over them. She then let them stand in the jar overnight.