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    Easter Eggs the Natural Way


    Perk up the holidays with some beautiful eggs dyed naturally. You’ll be surprised at the rainbow of colours you can achieve from nature – without added chemicals or artificial dyes.

    If you’re using store-bought eggs, wash them off with mild dish soap. Store eggs can have a coating of oil on them that farm eggs do not. Washing will help them hold their colour better.

    Now it’s time to decide on the spectrum of colours you’d like to create. Here’s a list of natural ingredients and the colours they can produce.

    • Red Onion Skins – soft lavender to red, depending on how long you
      boil the skins and how many skins are in the pot
    • Red Cabbage Leaves – robin's egg blue
    • Beet Juice or Cranberry Juice – different shades of pink
    • Dill seeds – brown to gold colour
    • Grape juice – lavender
    • Strong coffee – different shades of brown
    • Yellow onion leaves, turmeric, orange and lemon peels, cumin or carrot tops – yellow
    • Paprika - orange
    • Spinach - green
    • Yellow Delicious apple peels - green/gold colour
    • Blueberries – blue
    • Grass – green

    To dye the eggs, you will need:

    • White vinegar
    • Eggs
    • Water
    • Your choice of natural dye item

    Instructions:

    • Hard-boil your eggs and set aside to cool.
    • Add 2-3 tbsp (30-45 mL) of vinegar to about 32 oz (946 mL) of water along with your natural dye ingredients. If your natural dye material is solid, such as spinach, you can use up to 4 cups (1 L). For spices, use about 4 tbsp (60 mL).
    • Bring water mixture to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes, let cool and then strain.
    • Dip the hard-boiled eggs into the dye. The longer they stay in, the more intense the colour will be. Turn them to ensure even colouring. Remove and allow to dry.
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    Interesting. I have never coloured an egg before, cute idea

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    me neither actually..

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    WHAT? Not even as kids? That was always a big deal in our family. Dyeing the eggs the night before and hunting them the next day...unfortunately, one of the few good memories I have from childhood...
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    I love dying easter eggs! For one friends birthday, I made her a May basket & dyed her golf balls in pastels!
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    I thought about dying some eggs with natural coloring this year but my kiddies are gone for now. I'm sending my daughter who's overseas an Easter basket with her favorite candy but if she were home we'd have fun dying eggs with these, maybe next year we can! My mother uses the red onion skins every year & I wondered what else could be used, thanks.

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    I think it's defo an American thing? Like Halloween seems a huge deal over there too.

    I might colour an egg this year

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    Thanx for this moomies! Fun stuff, I will forward to people with little ones.

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    well my oldest is going to his dad's and won't be here until easter around 2 lmao i am being way too nice his dad's got him every holiday this year. but the poor guy hasn't really got to see him in 2 years because of him being in iraq. Next year this shit ain't happening lol I will have to try this with Mem though she's old enough to get into easter eggs this year
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    Hey, I just got an egg coloring kit at Walmart for 72 cents. I love coloring eggs with my son. He thinks it's the greatest.

    By the way, for you overseas folks, you have to boil the eggs first.
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    Thats what is so pretty! I like to have a bunch left over in the fridge & make egg salad sandwiches! I just love looking at them. Marthastewart.com has lots of ideas. I just like the pretty colors.
    Here is my egg salad:
    several boiled eggs.
    enough Mayo to moisten, but not a lot.
    Sea salt & pepper
    big dash Cavenders Greek seasoning
    Few slices chopped onion
    Smash around as much as you like-can be lumpy or smooth
    Add big big Tablespoon Dill pickle relish
    Smash around more. Put on fresh bread (white rustic is good) with crunchy lettuce and fresh tomato slices if you have them.
    I don't know why, but this tastes much better if the eggs are dyed first. I swear.
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