Saturday, April 7, 2012

Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

These are a bit more time consuming than the food coloring method, but a lot more interesting!  The kids were excited by the whole process and even though the house smelled like cooked onion, cabbage, and vinegar (with a hint of boiled egg), it was well worth the smell and the effort.

We soaked all of the eggs overnight.  I was most impressed with the lovely shade of yellow that resulted from boiled carrot tops, cumin, and celery seed, and equally impressed with the beautiful blue eggs that emerged from the purple cabbage water.

I found most of my dye recipes here, but next year I will try using spinach instead of onions to make green dye.  Red/purple cabbage is perfect, beet juice was pretty but still too pale... next year I will try chopping twice as many beets to make a more concentrated dye.

Happy Easter!

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