For the last few years, I have been wanting to make natural dyes to color our Easter eggs with. Well, let’s just say that life got in the way and I never got it done. We ended up coloring eggs at Grandma’s house using the standard box set. This year however, I was on the ball – or should I say the egg? Oh. My. Cheesy-ness. Moving on! : )
I got the May issue of KIWI Magazine and they had some simple recipes for the basic colors.
Here they are:
Pink: 1 – 15 oz Jar of Beets + 1 C Water. Bring to a boil & simmer for 5 minutes. Strain beets & save liquid. Cool & add 1 tsp vinegar.
Yellow: 1 TBS Turmeric or Curry Powder + 2 C Water. Bring to a boil & simmer for 5 minutes. Cool & add 1 tsp vinegar.
Green: 3 Chlorophyll capsules + 1 C Water. Bring water to a boil then add capsules. Remove from heat & let cool. Add 1 tsp vinegar.
Blue: 2 C frozen Blueberries + 2 C Water. Bring to a boil & let simmer for 5 minutes. Cool & add 1 tsp vinegar.
We didn’t have the Chlorophyll capsules so we boiled 1 cups of spinach with water, but it ended up looking like weak green tea, so we didn’t even bother to use it. The colors turned out really nice with the exception fo the beets. We ended up with a very light pink. We could’ve let the eggs in a bit longer, but the kids were anxious to see them! : )
I was happy with how well the natural dyes worked. The yellow from the turmeric was really quick to set & it even left at stain on my counter where I spilled it. Oops! The blue from the blueberries was also quick to set & looked great. Next year I’ll have to try the Chlorophyll for the green and see how it turns out. I love the delicate pastels and the kids think they are too pretty to eat.
Have fun coloring your Easter eggs & enjoy the holiday!
Andi Winterfield – Owner
Good Things Green Things