Thinking of going green this Easter? You can fill reusable Easter baskets, create an organic menu and stock up on organic Easter bunnies and candy. But what about the eggs? You can color eggs naturally and safely without synthetic dyes and harmful colorings. Coloring eggs naturally may be a little different than what you'e used to but trying something new can be fun.
How to Make Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Dye
Decide what colors you want to create.
For red you can use red onion skins, pomegranate juice, raspberries or canned cherries in syrup. For blue you can use blueberries, red cabbage or purple grape juice. To get a pink color, you can use beets, red grape juice, cherries or raspberries. For yellow you can use orange peels, lemon peels, carrot tops or cumin. To create a purple color you can use red onion skins or grape juice concentrate. To get brown you can just use brown eggs or coffee or tea.
Colors will vary by how long the eggs are left to soak. Many ingredients should be boiled with the eggs. Then the eggs are left to soak in the dye while cooling. Others can be boiled separately and the dye cooled so kids can soak the eggs in the colors they want.
Wash and rinse eggs before putting in the the water to ensure that dye will stick to them properly.
Fill the pan with a single layer of eggs and the dye materials of your choice.
Cover the eggs with one inch of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of water.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
If your desired color is not yet achieved, take off the heat and let the eggs soak in the color for another 15 minutes while cooling.
After eggs are rinsed, you can polish them with a cloth and vegetable oil to make them shine.