Easter Eggs Using Natural Dye from Food!
Many of us have fond memories of painting eggs to be hidden or displayed at Easter. While a fun tradition, it can be quite wasteful! Luckily, there are some fantastic natural dyes that can be made using edible items found in your own kitchen! Not only will you have fun making your own dyes from food (and seeing all of the beautiful colours they can be turned into), but you'll get to enjoy eating them too :) The below colours assume you are using white eggs - brown eggs will result in different (equally amazing) colours.
Pink/Red: 1 cup peeled, grated red beets to 1 cup water OR 1 cup red onion skins to 1 cup water.
Orange: 1 cup yellow onion skins to 1 cup water.
Yellow: 1 cup chopped carrot tops to 1 cup water.
Green: 2-3 cups spinach to 1 cup water.
Blue: 1 cup chopped purple cabbage to 1 cup water.
1. To create each colour, add the dye matter (food) and water to a small pot and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce the heat to simmer and cover for 20-30 minutes. The dye is ready when it is a darker hue than you want for the eggs. Let the dye cool to room temperature.
2. Pour the cooled dye through a strainer into a bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon vingear per cup of strained liquid.
3. Arrange your room-temperature eggs in a single layer in a baking dish and carefully pour the cooled dye over them, making sure the eggs are completely submerged. You will need to work in batches so you don't intermix your dyes!
4. Place in the fridhe and chill until your desired colour is reached! Carefully dry the eggs and massage a little oil into each one (e.g. grapeseed oil). Store the eggs in the fridge until it's time to hide/eat them!