Tips & Tricks: egg dye

Natural Egg Dyes   This year, use natural foods to dye your Easter eggs….the benefits of egg salad, plain hard boiled eggs, and of course deviled eggs are  better when you GO ORGANIC.

Recipe & Tips:

~ 4 cups veg/fruit/herb matter, 4 cups water

~ 2 TBS. Vinegar

Bring to boil and simmer 15-30 minutes, Strain & Cool until warm. Soak hardboiled eggs for 5-15 min.  (for darker hues, let soak longer in refrig.)  *note: I haven’t tried halving this

~After coloring, dry thoroughly.  Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of a leaf (fern, yarrow-something delicate) and adhere to the shell…using a gentle dabbing motion, stipple on a light coat of paint. When dry, peel away leaf to reveal the pattern.

Here’s a list:

(use 1 or other, don’t need all to make color)

~outer layers onion: brown/orange-yellow

~spinach, dandelion leaf: green

~celery seed, turmeric, orange or lemon peel, carrots: yellow

~red cabbage, blueberries, blackberries, red grape juice: blue/lavender

~raspberries, cranberries, beet, radish: red/pink

Color intensifies with more concentrated material, also fresh or frozen is ok.

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