Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Great Tips on Easter Egg Color Creating from Metro Parent

http://www.metroparent.com/Metro-Parent/April-2011/Naturally-Dyed-Easter-Eggs/

Now, gather your supplies. Here is a list of natural ingredients and the colors they make:.
•Red-onion skins: soft lavender to red, depending on how long you boil them or how many skins are in the pot

•Red cabbage leaves: a lovely shade of robin's egg blue (yep, blue – not red)  WOW...I never knew!

•Beet juice or cranberry juice: different shades of pink

•Dill seeds: brown to gold color

•Grape juice: lavender

•Strong coffee: different shades of brown

•Yellow onion leaves, turmeric, orange and lemon peels, cumin or carrot tops: yellow

•Paprika: orange

•Spinach: green

•Yellow delicious apple peels: green to gold color

•Blueberries: blue

•Grass: green

To dye eggs that you can eat, you will need:

•White vinegar

•Eggs

•Water

•Your choice of natural dye items

Here's what you do

1. Hard-boil your eggs.

2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a quart of water, along with your natural ingredients. If it is a solid, like spinach, you can use up to 4 cups. For spices, you will need about 4 tablespoons. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool, then strain.

3. Dip the hard-boiled eggs into the dye. The longer they are in, the more colorful they will be. Turn the eggs every so often so the color will come out even.

4. Allow eggs to dry in egg cartons. Refrigerate eggs you intend to eat.
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