Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Why? Why not?  How cool is it to show kids that we can and how to use everyday fruits, vegetables, and spices instead of weird little pellets to make cool colored Easter Eggs!!!
Not only is it safer, it is way more fun! Plus you can get an extra mile out of some of that compost before it hits the pile!

What you need is:

Hard boiled eggs: Place the eggs in a pot and cover by 1-inch of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, remove from the heat and cover with a lid. Set a timer for 10 minutes then drain and run cold water over them to cool.

Colors: In general you need about 1 1/2 –2 cups vegetable or fruit matter crushed, chopped finely, grated, or smashed and about 1 – 2 tablespoons dry spices for each 2 cups of water.

White vinegar: This helps the colors stick to the shells.

Flare: You can use crayons and stickers to make designs on the shells. For abstract art- once the colors have been cooked leave the solids in the water and add the eggs to soak.

Procedure: Combine your coloring agent, water, and vinegar and simmer for 15-20 minutes, simmering longer will give you deeper colors. At this point you can strain off solids or leave them in.  Allow them to cool to room temperature. Place hard cooked eggs in colors and allow them to sit for at least 15 minutes and up to overnight until the desired colors are reached! If you choose overnight be sure to put them in the fridge!

Pink/ Red: fresh, frozen, or canned: shredded beets, raspberries, or cherries
Blue: fresh, frozen or canned: blue berries or red cabbage
Green: fresh or frozen spinach and some turmeric
Yellow: turmeric or lemon peels
Orange: paprika, chili powder, orange peels, or shredded carrots


1 comment:

  1. The Russians boil the eggs with onion skins which makes them a beautiful maroon color.