At Scrumptious Pantry, we love Easter because it’s a great time to take a few moments to reflect on the last few months of winter and smile at the thought of the warmer months to come.
While Easter is a religious holiday, many of its traditions have pagan roots. The use of the egg has long been associated with pagan festivals that celebrated spring. Rightly so—the egg is pretty incredible, and we don’t need any convincing to highlight the mighty egg!
Egg hunt? Egg rolling? Egg dyeing? Yes please!
If you’re feeling ambitious this year, try dyeing Easter Eggs naturally using colors from your very own food! Who needs a box of dye tablets when you have all the ingredients in your fridge already?
You can use both vegetables (onion peel, purple cabbage, spinach) and fruits (blueberries, elderberries), or even tea, coffee or spices like tumeric powder. And not to forget the brine of pickled beets!
Note: White eggs are easier to dye than brown eggs, but you can always “bleach” brown eggs with the help of vinegar. Just mix some vinegar with water and soak eggs for 10 minutes or so. Do not keep them sitting in there for too long though, or the egg shell will dissolve
1. Wipe eggs and boil the eggs, best to a hard boil
2. Chop the vegetables or the peeled onion skin/beet skin – Simmer 2 pounds of water (4cups) with about 1 cup of veggies. Each vegetable yields a different color, so you’ll need to do this individually. Do not place all vegetables in the same pot (unless you want brown dye!). The longer you simmer the water with material, the darker color you will get. Strain the liquid and let cool.
You can also use juices, like elderberry or blueberry. No need to boil those. The same goes if you decide to use brine of pickled beets.
Onion skins -> Reddish brown
Tumeric Powder -> Yellow
Purple Cabbage -> Blue
Beet skin -> Red/pink
Blueberry juice -> Purple
Tea -> Yellowish brown
Spinach -> Green
3. To decorate, you can use old candles to create designs on the egg – the dye will not set on those waxy areas. You can create designs by using leaves of cilantro/parsley or flowers. Just layer them onto the egg shell and hold them in place with a nylon stocking, cut into small pieces and tightly tied.
4. Keep eggs in dye for a minimum of 30 minutes, the longer they sit, the stronger the colors. You can leave them in the refrigerator for a day if you like!
5. Let them dry on a newspaper or in an egg carton. You can carefully rub them with some oil to give them a sparkly shine.
We love dyeing eggs naturally because of the element of surprise in the result of each egg—based on how long they are soaked in the colors, there is a different gradient with each one of them.
How about you?
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