I am doing a TV segment in Columbus tomorrow about some natural and unique ways to dye your eggs this Easter and found it so valuable I wanted to share with you!
Did you know that store bought egg dying kits are often full of chemicals you wouldn’t want near your family? That’s not to deter you from dying eggs this Easter, it’s just something to keep in mind this weekend.
You will need the following items:
- Boiling water
- White Vinegar
- Ground Turmeric
- Purple Cabbage
- Yellow Onions
- Red Onions
- Eggs for dying
Here are the methods:
- PINK: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; strain beets and dye the egg. (I used canned beets for this and they worked great)
- Yellow: Simmer 2 tablespoons ground turmeric in 1 cup of water, strain turmeric when you get your desired color and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Dye eggs
- Blue: 1 cup chopped purple cabbage boiled in 1 cup of water, strain cabbage and add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
- Lavender: Take the skin of 6 red onions and simmer in 3 cups of boiling water, strain. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar, dye eggs
- Orange: 1 cup yellow onion skins in 3 cups of boiling water, strain and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar, dye eggs
For a unique design, you can draw shapes on the eggs with crayons or even wrap different size rubber bands around the eggs. Once the eggs are dyed and dried you can remove the rubber bands to reveal fun lines.
Some other methods are:
Cool Whip Eggs. I have never tried this before, but I absolutely love the way they turned out. Simply fill a muffin tin with cool whip and drop a few dips of gel dye in the containers. You can take a tooth pick and mix it around a little before dropping the hard boiled eggs in. Allow them to sit for a few minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
The EGG-MAZING Machine… so easy for kids to decorate using markers.
Good ole fashioned plastic eggs stuffed with squishy or lego characters. These can be found on Amazon too.
Remember! Nutritionalists recommend eating your hard-boiled eggs within one week to ensure freshness and flavor. Be sure to keep eggs stored in the fridge until you’re ready to hide or eat them.
Let me know if you try some of these methods and what your kids think about watching the natural colors come to life!
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