Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day and Easter Eggs

Happy Earth Day!


I hope today we all get to go outside and see a blue sky and feel the sunshine on our faces and appreciate the loveliness that is this world.


And since Earth Day happens to coincide with Easter this year what better way to celebrate both then with using natural dyes to dye your Easter eggs.




You will need:

eggs

various vegetables and spices (see color list below)

white distilled vinegar

Color options:

blue - red onion skins or red cabbage

green - spinach

yellow - lemon or orange peels or turmeric

brown - coffee

orange - yellow onion skins

pink or red - beets


Instructions: 1. You will need an individual pot for each color. 2. Place eggs in the pot and cover with 1/2" of water. 3. Add items for dye. 4. Add 2 tsp vinegar. 5. Bring to a boil. 6. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.


This method cooks the eggs as you dye them. If you prefer you can cook the eggs separately. Just follow the above instructions to prepare the dye without adding any eggs to the pot. Then put cooked eggs into the dye to add color after the dye has been prepared. The longer you leave the eggs in the more vibrant the colors will be.




Recipe found at the Spotted Sparrow.

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