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Use spinach to dye Easter eggs?!

Posted on: April 10, 2009

Photo by gokoroko

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Are you looking for a low-cost way to naturally color Easter eggs?  According to © Diane Laney Fitzpatrick   you can use ingredients from your back yard and kitchen pantry to decorate eggs this season.

Natural Egg Dyes

  1. 1.  Place eggs in a single layer in a large pot. Add water until eggs are covered and water is about ½-inch over the tops of the eggs. Add 2 teaspoons white vinegar to the pot unless you’re using onion skins. Don’t mix onion skins and vinegar.
  2. Add the natural dye material (see list below). If the dye ingredient is to be boiled first, boil it in a small amount of water and add the substance, water and all, to the pot.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. If you’re happy with the color, remove the eggs from the pot. If you want a more vivid color, remove the eggs and strain the dye through a coffee filter. Put the filtered dye liquid and the eggs in a jar or back in the pan and let sit overnight. If you want your eggs to have a speckled effect, don’t strain the dye before letting sit overnight.
  6. The next morning, carefully remove the eggs from the water. (The vinegar will have weakened the eggshells. When they air dry they’ll harden again.)
  7. Let air dry.
  8. For a glossy look, rub some cooking oil on the eggs with a paper towel.

To get colors, use these natural ingredients:

  • Lavender – Purple grape juice or violet blossoms plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Blue Violet – Red onion skins (boiled)
  • Blue – Blueberries or red cabbage leaves (boiled)
  • Green – Spinach leaves
  • Yellowish Green – Yellow Delicious apple peels (boiled)
  • Yellow – Lemon peel, orange peel, carrot tops, ground cumin or ground turmeric
  • Brown – Strong black coffee or black walnut shells
  • Orange – Yellow onion skins (boiled)
  • Pink – Cranberries, raspberries or beets

The amounts of the dye materials will depend on how vivid you want the color. For pale, pastel colors, add a small amount. For more vibrant colors with onion skins, use 2 cups; with spices use 4 tablespoons; for the others, use your own judgment.

Decorating with onion skins
Wrap the outer skin of an onion around a hard-boiled egg, overlapping to cover the entire egg. Hold the onion skins in place with rubber bands. Hard boil the egg. When unwrapped, the egg will have the color and design of the onion skin.

Read egg coloring tips visit – http://holiday-kids-crafts.suite101.com/article.cfm/coloring_eggs_with_natural_dyes#ixzz0CI55kLK9

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