By Angela Keyser, Marketing Manager
It’s almost Easter and if your family is anything like mine, that means Easter Egg dying is fast approaching. Instead of using artificial colors this year, why not try to create some beautiful “made-from-Mother-Nature” colors from your very own pantry or refrigerator. They’re not only all-natural and safe, making them can be a lot of fun.
First, you need to decide what colors you want to make and how you’re going to make those colors. There are several options.:
Red – You can make red with chopped cranberries, pomegranate juice, red onion skins or your favorite red tea.
Pink – Beets or avocado skins make beautiful pink colors.
Orange – Paprika will give you a vibrant orange.
Yellow – Chopped carrot tops can make a beautiful bold yellow while turmeric powder will give you a mustard yellow. You can also use chamomile tea, green tea or chopped orange peels.
Green – Chopped kale leaves and matcha tea powder (which is green tea powder) make green.
Soft Yellow/Green – Chopped spinach, green apple skins or fennel tops will create a soft yellow/green color.
Blue – You can use chopped purple cabbage or blue berries for blue. Some red onions will give you more of a blue color than a red as well.
Purple or Lavender – Red wine, grape juice or Red Zinger tea make purple or lavender.
Brown or Gold – Coffee grounds, brown onion skins or dill seed make brown or gold.
Once you determine what ingredients you have to make the various colors, you’re going to want to make sure you have the following:
– Lots of large bowls
– Lots of hot water (boiling in most cases)
– Measuring spoons
– Large covering for your table
– Some plastic gloves for keeping your hands free of food stains
– Cooling racks
– And PLENTY of hard boiled eggs!
Powdered Dye Recipe Guidelines
For dyes using a powder (paprika, turmeric, or teas) you’re going to want to combine 1-2 cups of very hot water with 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar and stir. Then, add 1-2 tablespoons of the powder to your water and vinegar mixture and mix thoroughly. Add your hard boiled egg and let it steep for anywhere from several minutes to several hours. If you’re looking for very bold colors, plan to keep the eggs in the dye for several hours — placing them in the refrigerator to keep the eggs at a safe temperature.
Chopped Food Dye Recipe Guidelines
For dyes using food (carrot tops, beets, cabbage) you’ll want to grate or finely chop 1-2 cups of the food. Boil it in 1-2 cups of water and let it steep in simmering water for several minutes. The longer you let the food steep, the deeper the all-natural dye color usually gets. After you’ve achieved your desired color, strain the food from the water and add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar. Stir and then add your hard boiled egg and wait.
I hope this blog post inspires a slight reinvention to a long-standing tradition in your home at Easter time. Dying eggs the natural way is fun, safe and a great way for children to learn more about food. If you used all-natural egg dyes this year please share your recipes, tips and photos!
From all of us at High Quality Organics, we wish you and your family a Blessed Easter, Happy Passover and very Happy Spring!