Coloring your Easter eggs the natural way. It really is not that hard and it's much healthier!
With spring coming we also cannot forget about the wonderful Easter Holiday!
This is a holiday that my family and I always look forward to because to us it means that spring is truly here.
So with Easter coming you'll need some eggs for the egg hunt, right? Well, here are some tips and tricks on how you can color your Easter eggs naturally and they'll even be eatable.
Natural Easter Egg Coloring
There are lots of ways to make a dye with plants that grow in the garden or simply in the backyard. Dying Easter eggs naturally brings such a beautiful color and more healthy and realistic look to them than the neon dyes that can be found at any drugstore over Easter.
These naturally colored eggs turn out speckled and sometimes have odd dots or splotches but each one has its own unique and gorgeous color.
Here's what you'll need
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 3 cups water
- A needle or small nail (optional)
For the colors you'll need;
- Speckled pink: 1 cup raspberries
- Deep blue: 1 cup blueberries
- Deep golden yellow: 3 tablespoons turmeric
- Olive green: 1 big handful grass
- Light grey: 1 cup cherries
- Robin's-egg blue: 5 leaves red cabbage
- Brownish red: 3 red beets
- Pale orange: 4 yellow onion skins
1. If you plan to eat the eggs after you color them (which is totally safe), boil them in a medium saucepan for 1 minute, remove from heat, then cover and let sit for 10 - 12 minutes. Then run the eggs under cold water or cool in ice water for 5 minutes. You can also boil the eggs right in the pot with the colorant, which imparts a texture on the eggs and produces a deeper color.
2.Combine the vinegar, salt, water and desired colorant in a medium saucepan and boil for 10 minutes.
3.If you are not boiling the eggs with the colorant, after 10 minutes, strain out the colorant and let the liquid cool then add the eggs.
4.Once you're happy with the color of the eggs remove them from the liquid.
5. (Optional) If you don't want to hard boil the eggs you can blow out the centers by poking each end with a needle or nail. You'll want to poke the object all the way through in order to burst the yolk inside. Then you should be able to blow all the insides out of the shell and you'll have a hollow egg that will last year after year until it breaks.
6. You can also coat the dyed eggs in coconut oil to give them an extra cool shine. It is really a fun process!
How do you color your Easter eggs? I'd love to hear from you.