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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Who needs an overpriced kit with synthetic colour tablets when you’ve already got colorful ingredients in your kitchen?

Long before overpriced, bunny-covered boxes of Easter egg dyes enticed every child walking into a supermarket in late spring, people coloured eggs with ordinary ingredients found in any kitchen. Making naturally dyed Easter eggs is easier than you think. All you do is boil some richly pigmented foods in water, add vinegar and salt, and let white hard-boiled eggs soak. You’ll end up with beautiful colours that cost much less than a kit, make good use of food scraps that might otherwise go to waste, and be able to eat the finished product – something you should never do with conventionally dyed eggs.

You can use cooled hardboiled eggs, but these should stay in the fridge after dyeing if you plan to eat them. Alternatively, you can pierce a hole at either end and blow out the contents; make scrambled eggs and use the shells, though you must be careful because they’re fragile. You can also dye raw eggs. Over time, the yolk inside will shrivel up and you’ll be able to hear a faint rattle when you shake it, but this takes months. Decorated raw eggs will not smell unless they’re broken before the insides dry out. This is the method I always use when making Ukrainian eggs each year.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs Recipe

The dyeing formula stays roughly the same, no matter what you use: 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of chopped vegetable or fruit. If using turmeric, add 6 tbsp to the same amount of water. Boil the vegetable for 20 minutes, add 1 tbsp each of white vinegar and salt, then submerge the egg.

Natural dyes don’t work as quickly as synthetic colors, so you have to be patient. As The Globe and Mail said in a 2012 article on this topic, “The instant-gratification factor of this craft is low,” so it may be challenging for young kids. The longer you leave it, the darker it will be. Overnight may be a good idea.

Blue-Turquoise: Chopped purple cabbage
Purple: A cheap red wine or grape juice, undiluted
Pink: Beets and peels, frozen cherries or raspberries, pomegranate juice (undiluted)
Yellow: Turmeric powder or shredded turmeric root for brighter color; simmered orange peels for lighter shade
Red-Orange: Paprika or chopped carrots, chili powder for a browner hue
Green-Blue: Boil green cabbage, then add some turmeric.
Bluish-Grey: Frozen blueberries
Brown-Gold: Simmer 2 tbsp dill seeds in a cup of water and strain before use, or use strong coffee.
Green: Spinach or parsley

Make the eggs prettier by wrapping in elastic bands or drawing on them with a wax crayon or birthday candle before dyeing. (That’s the idea behind Ukrainian pysanky, where wax designs cover different layers of colour and then are melted off by holding over a candle.) Make a mottled texture by dabbing with a sponge. Shine dry eggs with coconut oil and voila naturally dyed Easter Eggs!

This age old tradition is a fun way to spend some time with family and friends this Easter. Don’t forget to get your supplies in time for this year’s festivities. Easter is April 16th, 2017.

Majority of content by Heather Katsoulis at Tree Hugger.

Hop into Easter with these Spicy Salt and Pepper Shakers

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Want to add some spice to your Easter dinner table? Now you can hop into Easter with these spicy salt and pepper shakers. You know it’s spring when, ahem, the bunnies come out to play. Your guests will get a uh oh, they are at it again reaction when the salt and pepper is passed!

Hop into Easter with these Spicy Salt and Pepper Shakers

Hop into Easter with these spicy salt and pepper shakers

 

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Egg-Citing Easter Tradition

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Egg-Citing Easter Tree

The German tradition of decorating a tree with Easter eggs called Ostereierbaum is Egg-Citing! Volker Kraft and his wife Christa have been decorating their apple tree in their garden in Saalfeld, Germany since 1965. The couple spends up to four weeks decorating the tree with their collection of 10,000 colourful hand-decorated Easter eggs in preparation for Easter celebrations. In 1965, they used 18 plastic eggs. The count has presently grown to 10,000 eggs annually and has captured the eyes of 10,000 people visiting their place. Enjoy the view as this is the last year for these lovely egg decorations.

Happy Easter!

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Friday, March 26th, 2010

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