Egg dying is a special Easter tradition for so many, especially for those of us with kids. It’s hands on, involves creativity, plus the eggs can turn out pretty darn cute. Unfortunately, store bought dyes are made with terrible. ingredients often derived from petroleum (gross). Artificial dyes have been proven to cause an increase in hyperactivity in children, effect their ability to learn, and even long term issues like asthma and migraines.
So, what ever did people do before food scientists came up with these concoctions?!
Dying Easter Eggs with Natural, Chemical-Free Dyes
Well, fortunately for us, nature is full of color! Use these recipes to create your own 100% real-food Easter egg dye’s.
- 5 cups water
- 2 T. white vinegar
- For red: 10 paper skins from yellow onions
- For yellow: 3T turmeric
- For blue: 4 cups red cabbage chopped
- For orange: 10 paper skins from red onions
- For purple: 2 cups blueberries
- Each color needs to be in its own pot with 5 cups of water and 2 T of white vinegar. Bring all the pots to a simmer for 30 minutes. Put a lid on them so they don’t evaporate too much.
- Once they have simmered 30 minutes, turn off heat and strain out the coloring ingredients, reserving the dye water.
- In a separate pot put the white eggs and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and let eggs sit in hot water for another 10 minutes. Drain them and put in a bowl with ice water to cool them down.
- Soak the cooked eggs in the desired dye color for as long as needed to get color you desire.
- ***To imprint leaves or flowers onto the eggs, lay a small sprig of herb or a flower onto the egg before you color it. Use a sleeve made of pantyhose to cover the herb or flower, tie it off at both ends to hold the herb sprig in place and soak egg in the dye for a few minutes to color the egg with an outline of the herb. Let dry and carefully remove pantyhose and peel herb off egg.
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