Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easter Eggs using Vegetables and Fruits as Dyes


Our eggs we dyed using food coloring

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Eggs dyed using foods (picture from marthastewart.com)

My family and I have so much fun dyeing Easter eggs with foods around our house.  I seem to only have the picture of the eggs dyed with food coloring(see top picture) but we will be dyeing our eggs soon using some of these great ideas. Yes, we do love the brightness the food coloring gives to dyeing eggs but the natural look that using coffee, tumeric, and other foods is charming and a lot more fun.  
Last year, beet juice worked great and that was my daughter's favorite color. My husband preferred the rustic coffee color and I liked the golden turmeric hue. Here are some other great ideas for naturally coloring your eggs. Your kids will have so much fun because it's kind of a cooking/science experiment.

Creating Colors Naturally (from Whole Foods.com)
Here are some ingredient suggestions to get you started. Have fun, experiment and be sure to cover your work area!
Yellow – Lemon or orange peels, carrots, celery seed
Gold – Turmeric
Orange – Paprika, cumin, chili powder, yellow onion skins
Red/Pink – Cranberries, beets, raspberries, radishes
Purple – Hibiscus tea
Blue/Lavender – Red cabbage, blueberries, blackberries, purple or red grape juice
Green – Spinach leaves
Brown/Beige – Coffee, tea, walnuts

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