Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eco-Friendly Dyes for Easter Eggs

You can make your own eco-friendly dyes out of everyday cooking ingredients. For instance, if you want a pink or red dye you can use pomegranate juice; red onion skins; beets; cranberries or cranberry juice and raspberries.  Yellow - turmeric.  If you are going for an orange color you can use yellow onion skins, paprika or chili powder.  For green try using spinach or kale.  If blue is your color try blueberry juice or purple grape juice.  Purple use a small quantity of purple grape juice, plus two teaspoons of lemon juice and a small quantity of your red you made.  Mix your 3 basic colors for more colors.

Easter Egg Dye

1 Tablespoon of a Spice or your fruit juice or veggies you have picked for their color (the more product, the deeper the color)
4 Cups Water
2 Tablespoons White Vinegar (helps the dye adhere to the eggs)

Combine all these ingredients in a pot, and bring them to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 15 to 30 minutes (the longer it simmers, the darker the resulting color).

Now you can remove the dye from the heat and let cool and start your coloring.  The colors are even brighter and prettier than your store bought dyes. 

You might want to use gloves and make sure you cover clothes and counters.  These are permanent dyes.

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