Easter Magic

April 21, 2011

Play time! Remember when you were a little girl, how you loved dying Easter eggs in the kitchen. OMgosh, whenever I smell vinegar I always think of yellow, pink and purple eggs made from those egg dying kits.

Ok, so you’re not a little girl anymore, but there’s no reason you still can’t have some fun with your own little girl, or nieces and nephews dying Easter eggs.  Except now, you won’t be buying those tired old Easter kits with the chemical colored pellets in them. You’ll be the rock star mommy or auntie making Easter egg dyes from all-natural ingredients.

Ok, superstar…….here are my secrets………

  1. Decide how many different colors you’ll want to make, and grab one saucepan for each color. TIP: You can buy throw-aways at the 99 cent store.
  2. Put the eggs into the pans making sure not to crowd them. You want enough room for the color to get all around the eggs.
  3. Fill the pan with water so that it completely covers all the eggs.
  4. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to each pan.
  5. Add your natural coloring ingredients (see below), bring to boil and allow them to simmer for about 20-30 minutes. The longer they simmer, the darker the color will be. For even richer colors, leave in the water after you’ve turned the stove off.
  6. Carefully remove eggs and allow to cool and dry. They will be hard boiled inside from the time they spent in the boiling/simmering water.

Care2 has some awesome ideas for creating natural Easter egg dyes from foods and spices you probably already have in the kitchen.

  • Red Red onion skins, use a lot; Pomegranate juice
  • Orange Yellow onion skins
  • Yellow Lemon or orange peel; Carrot tops; Celery seed; Ground cumin; Ground turmeric
  • Yellow Brown Dill seeds
  • Brown Strong coffee;
Instant coffee;
Black walnut shells
  • Yellow Green Bright green apple peels
  • Green Spinach leaves
  • Blue Canned blueberries and their juice;
Red cabbage leaves; Purple grape juice
  • Violet Blue Violet blossoms;
Red onion skins, less amount than you need to make red
  • Lavender Diluted purple grape juice;
Violet blossoms plus squeeze of lemon
  • Pink Beets; fresh or canned
Cranberries or cranberry juice;
Raspberries;
Red grape juice

I can almost hear you thinking…. “This is a lot more work than the ol’ dying kit.”  And yes, it is. But the kids will think you’re magical because you can turn carrot tops into yellow Easter egg dye. Plus, you’ll be keeping those nasty, toxic dyes away from your best little pals…..and it will give you some awesome twit pix and memories!

Happy Easter!!  Post some photos of your eggs…….we want to see them!