Here's a natural, healthy way to dye Easter eggs plus a few photos from our Easter egg decorating party and hunt with friends in the garden...
Skip the packaged dyes for ones you can make yourself. The prep for this egg-dying extravaganza takes a little bit longer than plopping artificial dye into hot water, but the results are just as lovely and a lot more natural (not to mention safer to eat!). Make the dye ahead of time, or have your kids decorate their hard-boiled eggs with crayons while you cook up the colors on the stove. Once the dye has set on the eggs (it’ll take 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how deep you want your colors).
15 ounces of beets
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of vinegar
Bring beets and water to a boil, let simmer for 5 minutes. Pour through a colander into a bowl to retain the liquid. Cool, then stir in vinegar.
1 tablespoon turmeric or curry powder
2 cups water
Bring spice and water to a boil, let simmer for 5 minutes. Cool.
2 cups blueberries
2 cups water
1 teaspoon vinegar
Bring blueberries and water to a boil, let simmer for 5 minutes. Pour through a colander into a bowl to retain liquid. Cool, then stir in the vinegar.
You can also experiment with produce in your kitchen. I have used the water from cooking spinach and cabbage, then add vinegar to the liquid.