Happy Easter everyone! Try this recipe for naturally dyed Easter eggs using fruit and vegetables to make your dyes.
We are surrounded daily by unhealthy choices including artificial dyes and sugary treats. When dying Easter eggs, we need to be mindful of the type of dye we are using as the egg shells are permeable and the dye can get on the egg itself. As we gain more knowledge on artificial dyes (and their harmful effects) more natural options are becoming available. Some stores now carry natural food coloring! So, if you choose to color your eggs with food coloring, pick up a pack of natural food coloring as a healthier alternative to the harmless looking color tablets commonly used to color eggs.
Are you looking for a new way to dye your Easter eggs this year? Try this recipe from Wellness Mama (one of my favorite blogs to follow) on how to dye your Easter eggs using fruit and vegetables. We tried this recipe last year, and got beautiful, naturally dyed, Easter eggs!
Blue: Purple cabbage (1-2 cups)
Green: Spinach (1-2 cups) or Spirulina (2-3 teaspoons)
Red or Pink: Beets (1-2 cups)
Yellow or Orange: Turmeric (2-3 teaspoons)
Purple: Grape juice (1 cup or more according to your preference)
You have a couple of options for dying the eggs:
Add the vegetables, fruit, or spices to the boiling water as you boil the eggs.
Boil the vegetables, fruit, or spices to make the dye then dip the boiled eggs in the dye as you normally dye eggs. We chose to boil the eggs, completely cool, boil the vegetables, fruit, and spices to make the dye, then dip the eggs.
Rough chop the vegetables as needed.
Add 1-2 cups of the chopped vegetables to 3-4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Gently boil until the desired color is obtained. The longer you let the vegetables boil, the darker the dye color will be.
Remove from heat and let completely cool.
Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to the dye.
Dip eggs in the dye. The longer you allow to sit in the dye the more vibrant the color will be. We let the eggs sit in the water for 10-15 minutes to get a darker pastel color.