For a few years now, I’ve found myself lured in by natural Easter egg dyes.
How cool is it that you can boil vegetables, spices, berries, and more, and get gorgeous, naturally-colored Easter eggs – in every color of a rainbow, and then some – as a result?!
But I always went a little crazy. Okay – a lot crazy. I’d raid the produce department, and then I’d get home and no pot or pan would remain unturned. With colorful brews brewing away on every available surface, my kitchen would look like a witch’s coven. And I’d think, okay, so it’s fun in theory to geek out over naturally-dyed eggs, but this is just ridiculous. I don’t have time for this. I’d think, next year, I’ve got to simplify.
So this year, I did it! I simplified. I made exactly three springy, pastel, perfect-for-Easter shades for our eggs – pink, yellow, and pale blue. And it was easy – low-fuss and no-muss.
Making my vegetable-based dyes this year was so simple, I was almost stunned! The day before, I brewed up the dyes, then I sealed them up in mason jars and refrigerated them until the following day, at which point my giddy two-year-old and I happily dyed the eggs.
Hands down, our favorite hue is the gorgeous true blue that, remarkably, is created with red cabbage. The pink eggs are compliments of a beet; for yellow, I needn’t look further than my spice cabinet for some ground turmeric (which, actually, is not technically a vegetable – it’s a herbaceous perennial related to ginger, but it’s close enough).
My two-year-old enjoyed dying the eggs more than I expected. It was so fun for her to plop the eggs into the dye and see how they would change color after a minute – or two, or 10, or 30. Yes – I ended up with a few cracked eggs – she is only two, after all. Oh well.
And you know what? My little one didn’t care that we didn’t end up with 24 different shades. Blue, yellow, and pink were plenty exciting – for her, and for me, too.
Would you like to know how to do it yourself? It’s easy – so, so easy. I promise. Especially when you don’t geek out and go all nuts like I used to do.
Here’s a quick graphic with the ingredients and dye times to achieve the pretty pastel shades I was going for. And below that, I’ve provided more detailed instructions.
Lesson officially learned: All you’ve got to do is keep it simple, and coloring your own Easter eggs with natural vegetable dyes is a piece of cake.Read More