Thursday, April 2, 2009

Green & Frugal Easter Egg Dying

Who has those easter egg dying memories with those little colored pelts that fizzed when they hit the water. (Should that have been a sign that they weren't good, for the environment?) With the plastic spoons, cups and egg removers. They are still sell them today and still pretty cheap. I saw some for 0.99 at Target today, which is really tempting for a working mom like me. However, they are they are full of non-recyclable products, chemical dyes and those nice little plastic wrappers with the popular kids cartoon characters.

So trying to figure out a green and frugal way to dye eggs. Well here are two solutions....

So want to know how to dye eggs naturally....
“For all dyes, bring the dye mixture to a boil, remove from heat and cool and strain liquid into a medium bowl. Submerge 4 to 6 hard-cooked eggs in dye for up to 30 minutes, depending on how deep you want the color to be. Remove from dye and place on a cooling rack to dry and drain. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Orange: 2 tbsp paprika
Blue: 1 1/2 cups blueberries
Pink: 1 cup chopped fresh beets
Green: 1 cup blueberries and 2 tbsp turmeric”
From the Ladies Home Journal

So you don't have all of those ingredients listed above, but I bet you have some food coloring in your baking cabinets. So here's how you do it with your food coloring....
Fill containers about 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Don't full TOO full or when you put the eggs in it will overflow. I like using cups because it's the most frugal. Add 1 tsp of vinegar for every 1 cup of water. We don't need absolute measurements here, but if you're using a gallon ice cream pail you'll need more vinegar than if you're using a teacup. Add drops of food color until you're happy with the hue. Put hard boiled eggs in the cups. Let dry. Wipe with vegetable oil (with paper towel or a rag) to make a glossier egg.

Happy Easter Egg dying!!
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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting idea, using the natural dyes. I actually already have all the ingredients (except the beat) at home. I just might have to try this, this year. Thanks for the tip!