NATURAL DYES ARE “EGGSACTLY” THE THING THIS EASTER!
Easter is around the corner and it’s time for eggs to dress up for the occasion. Gone are the various shades of brown, white and tan that you see in supermarkets. Now’s the time for pinks, greens, blues and yellows — beautifully decorated and dyed eggs that are must-haves for the holiday!
This year, we at Beachwood Baby, want to help you make the most of Easter traditions but with a novel twist: coloring your eggs using natural dyes that can be found in foods from your own kitchen! Food coloring kits pose potential problems, like soaking through to the hardboiled egg and posing potential health risks for some children. Going natural avoids those risks, so let’s get started!
Combine 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot.
Bring it to a boil, add your dye ingredients for yellow, blue, pink, and orange eggs (ingredients specified below!), and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool.
Strain the dye before adding the eggs. Once strained, add eggs and let soak for at least 30 minutes. For a more vibrant egg, let it soak longer. When it reaches the desired color, remove with tongs and pat dry with paper towels.
CHOOSE YOUR EGG COLORS
Pink: Soak four cups of chopped beets in mixture for 30 minutes. Strain, then allow eggs to sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more, depending on how deep you want the color to be.
Orange: Add 3 tablespoons of paprika to the boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and allow eggs to sit in liquid for 30 minutes. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.
Yellow: Add 3 tablespoons of turmeric to the boiling water. Simmer for 30 minutes, let cool, and soak eggs in mixture until they reach the desired shade. (Note: turmeric can stain staining your skin so wear rubber gloves when handling yellow eggs.)
Blue: Add 3 cups of chopped red or purple cabbage to mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and allow eggs to soak overnight for brightest shade of light blue. For dark blue, add 4 cups of blueberries to mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes, strain, and let eggs sit in liquid for 30 minutes or more for deeper tones.