Tuesday, April 7, 2009

EASTER EGGS-------NATURALLY !

At Easter time we color eggs,
Shades of yellow, red and blue.
We make them pretty as can be,
We'll make some for me and some for you.

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This Easter, why not color your eggs using nature's very own dyes? It's possible to come up with a great number of colors using natural ingredients that can easily be found in almost any kitchen.

Pale Red: Fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries


Orange: Yellow onion skins


Light yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed or ground cumin


Yellow: Ground turmeric


Pale green: Spinach leaves


Green-gold: Yellow Delicious apple peels


Blue: Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves


Beige to brown: Strong brewed coffee
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To dye the perfect Easter eggs the natural way, here's what to do:

Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until the eggs are covered.


Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.


Add the natural dye appropriate to the color you want your eggs to be. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need to use.)


Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.


Remove the substance you used to color the eggs. Put eggs in a bowl.


If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with the dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.
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Onion Skin Eggs

One of my favorite egg dyes is with onion skins! Gather lots of onion skins; the dry outer layers. (try to get a good variety of colors--I like plain brown best; red onion also makes a good color) Gently wrap them around*raw* eggs and hold them in place with rubber bands. Hard boil the eggs like usual. Unwrap them and WOW! Beautiful colors and designs! You may polish with vegetable oil for a nice gloss. This is a natural dye and the eggs are still quite edible. Happy eggs-ploration!

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4 comments:

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Great ideas. I've never seen this before.

andi said...

Come on back to earth Tonja. :) LOL

Andrea said...

I love your ideas for the Easter eggs! My little grandchildren would so enjoy them!

I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I greatly appreciate your testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. Many blessings to you.

Andrea

Musicaljean said...

I never thought of trying these ideas. We do have such fun painting Easter eggs the unnatural way, but it would be fun to try at least one natural color.