Mar 1, 2011

Colorful Easter Eggs

by Kiku Reidhead

color easter eggs with natural dyes
The Easter Egg actually predates the holiday it's named after. Eggs were traded in the spring long before Easter was an official holiday. So, why eggs? The egg symbolizes birth, appropriate for not only the spring season when everything is reborn, but also for celebrating Christ's Resurrection.

The early Christian celebration of spring involved wrapping eggs in gold leaf before trading. Of course, poor peasants did not have gold leaf to wrap their eggs in, so they simply boiled them with leaves or flower petals to dye the shells.

In light of tradition (and the fact that you may want to try your hand at natural, homemade dyes) we have compiled the following dye suggestions for your Easter Eggs this spring.

All of the dyes should be used with the following instructions:
  1. Hard boil your eggs. Strain. Cool.
  2. Place your dye ingredients in a separate pan. Add about 1 cup of water for every handful of ingredients in your pan.
  3. Boil water. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the dye ingredients from the liquid. Pour liquid into a jar or bowl deep enough to cover your eggs. Add about 2 to 3 teaspoons for every cup of liquid.
  5. Place the eggs in the liquid. Let soak for several hours or overnight.
  6. When desired color is achieved, remove from liquid and dry. If you want your eggs to shine a little bit, use a paper towel and few drops of cooking oil and rub the dry shells.
Color Ingredient Suggestions
Blue Canned blueberries
Purple grape juice
Green Boiled  spinach
Liquid Cholorphyll
Yellow Boiled orange or lemon peels
Boiled carrot tops
Boiled ground cumin or tumeric
Pink Beets
Cranberries or cranberry juice
Red Boiled red onion skins
Canned cherries with juice
Pomegranate juice
Raspberries

For more dying design ideas see Martha Stewart's techniques at http://bit.ly/17rau.

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