A healthier way and these Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs.Like most kids, I grew up using market bought easter egg dyes, but this year I made it my mission to find a natural way fit the bill!
I love all food-related things associated with holidays, but dyeing easter eggs is an especially favorite activity for me. This isn’t exactly a cooking activity for younger kids, but I think it’s close enough to qualify. I realize it’s a lot easier using dye kits, but I think doing it the natural way is so much more fun, as well as healthy and natural. Not to mention, it’s a great way to use some of the spices that have been in the cabinet for a while.
Young scientists, it’s time to head into the kitchen. You should have seen our stovetop, covered with pots brimming over with all kinds of cool color concoctions. We tried everything from juices, to spices, to frozen berries, to fresh vegetables and more with, what I have to admit, very mixed results! I dreamed of using fresh spinach to turn organic white eggs an emerald green, but instead I got a pale green that was basically undetectable. The turmeric on the other hand was an amazing bright yellow, as golden as the sun.
Here’s some tips for getting the best colored eggs naturally:
- Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar for every cup of naturally colored liquid.
- For a dozen eggs you will need about 4 cups of naturally dyed liquid.
- To make your eggs extra shiny, take a small amount of oil in your palm and rub them on the eggs after they’re throughly dry.
- To make green eggs allow eggs to color in blue for several hours, dry and then transfer to yellow coloring.
- To make eggs even darker in color allow them to sit for several hours in the natural food coloring, remove and all to throughly dry. Repeat this process several times over the course of a day.
What’s so great about this activity is that most, if not all of the ingredients you most likely already have in your own home. Plus, what a fun way for kids to help cultivate their own creativity. How could they not feel so incredibly proud and accomplished after making something from scratch like this!
Once we dyed the eggs, I let the kids decorate them with stickers and markers. Their favorite part, though, was dropping and rolling them on the counter, peeling off the shells and eating them up. So I guess this is a food activity after all!
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
- white eggs, preferably organic
- turmeric (yellow eggs)
- frozen blueberries (lavender eggs)
- beets (rust/brown eggs)
- pomegranate or grape juice (grey, blueish, red eggs)
- Red Zinger tea (redish eggs)
- white vinegar
- Place eggs in a pot and cover with 1 inch of water (about 2 cups). Stir in 2 tbsp of white vinegar and the food ingredient for desired color.
- Bring water to a boil. When the water reaches a boil, reduce, simmer and cook for 15-30 minutes (the longer you cook the eggs, the tougher they will be).
- Check the eggs to see if the desired color is achieved.
- Let the easter egg hunt begin!
- *If you want the eggs a deeper color you can remove them from the pot, let the color mixture cool and pour it back over the eggs and refrigerate overnight or longer. The longer the eggs are covered with the color, the deeper the shade will be. We also found that the color of the eggs deepened after they dried.
- *If you want to eat the eggs make sure to refrigerate them.