Easter Eggs – Colors From Your Kitchen!

Easter is as much about family traditions as it is the actual day of celebration. Decorating hard-cooked eggs is one of the most popular traditions associated with this holiday. It all starts with cooled hard-cooked eggs, and only gets more colorful from there! If you want to decorate with a kit, there are many choices. But if you want to keep it natural, you’d be surprised at the array of colors you can pull from everyday kitchen staples. Read on to learn more!

General rules:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to every cup of strained dye liquid. The vinegar is used with store-bought kits, too, to help bind the dye color to the eggshell.
  2. For every dozen eggs, plan on using at least 4 cups of dye liquid. Ingredient amounts below (except for coffee which does not need further dilution, and spinach which needs more) are given for 4 cups water.
  3. Final color depends on time spent in the dye as well as if you use white or brown eggs. The colors below are given for white. Expect a darker, more muddied shade if you are using brown.

Colors From the Kitchen:

  • Blue =1 cup chopped purple cabbage
  • Lavender/red =1 cup packed red onion skins
  • Yellow/orange = 1 cup packed yellow onion skins
  • Pink/red = 1 cup shredded beets
  • Yellow = 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • Lavender = 1 bag Red Zinger® tea
  • Green/yellow = 3 cups chopped fresh spinach (use almost twice as much water as directed; the spinach will absorb much of it)
  • Purple = 1 cup blueberries
  • Green = 1 cup blueberries + 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • Brown = 1 cup very strong black coffee (Dip eggs directly in the coffee mixed with 1 tablespoon vinegar, do not dilute with water)

Directions:

  1. For each color, pour water (4 cups per dozen eggs, so 2 cups if you are making one color for 6 eggs) into a saucepan. Add dye ingredients and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer for 15-30 minutes or until the dye is a few shades darker than you want. Spoon a small amount of dye onto a white dish to check for color. When you are happy with the color, cool dye to room temperature.
  2. Pour cooled dye through a fine-mesh strainer into another saucepan or a bowl. Stir vinegar into dye (1 tablespoon vinegar per cup of strained liquid).
  3. Arrange your room-temperature hard-cooked eggs single layer in a baking dish or other shallow container. Carefully pour cooled dye over eggs to cover completely. Transfer the container (with both eggs and dye) to the refrigerator. Chill 30 minutes or up to overnight until desired color is reached. Carefully dry the eggs, then massage each with a small amount of oil for a smoother texture and to add shine. Polish with a paper towel. Refrigerate your gorgeous eggs until serving time!

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