The kids love decorating Easter eggs every year but this year I saw an idea in the Family Fun Magazine for plant based dyes and knew I had to try it.
It was pretty easy to do and I was able to use some of the leftovers for one of our family's favorite recipes, Cabbage "Un"rolls from Keep Crockin’: A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Here's what you do...
Step 1: Hard boil your eggs
Place eggs in a pan of cold water. Bring to a boil and then let them simmer for 15 minutes. Drain the hot water and run cold water over the eggs for 2 minutes.
Step 2: Make Your Dyes (see below)
Here are your options: Blue from purple cabbage, yellow from turmeric, orange from yellow onion skins, pink from beets and green when you do an egg in yellow and then blue.
Step 3: Soak the eggs until you reach the desired color
Step 4: Remove eggs from dye and place on a wire rack to dry
How to Make the Dyes:
Add 6 T of turmeric and 1 T white vinegar to 4 cups of hot water and stir until dissolved.
Place one head of purple cabbage in 4 cups of boiling water. Stir in 1 T of white vinegar and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Add the skins of 6 yellow onions to 3 c. boiling water. Stir in 1 T of white vinegar and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the peels. For this color I saved my onions skins over a few days prior to dyeing the eggs.
Place 4-6 beets in 4 cups of boiling water and add 1 T of white vinegar. Simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the beets with a slotted spoon.
The old mix some yellow with blue trick! Just place an egg that's been dyed yellow into the blue dye for a bit and you'll get green. :)
I've seen lots of other ideas out there too for natural dyes. What are some that you have tried?
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