By Kate Horney, BeyondFitPhysiques
When I was growing up, some of my favorite family Easter traditions had to do with eggs: First on the list, of course, were Reese’s Eggs (you know my love for PB + chocolate) , Buuuut a very close second was decorating, hiding, and the finding some “real” Easter eggs with my family.
Every year, like so many other families, we went to my Memaw’s house and used fizzy egg dye tablets to make intensely bright eggs. But as Patrick and I get ready to start our own Easter egg traditions with Jackson, I started thinking about what exactly might be in those fizzy tablets and whether I might be able to just find a way to dye eggs with things we already had around the house.
From coffee, blueberries, carrots and beyond…
Skip the kit and try coloring your Easter eggs with items from the pantry & fridge this year!
13 Simple Ways to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally:
Bluish-Gray: Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.
Blue: Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Jade Green: Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint Green-Yellow: Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Orange: Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint Red-Orange: Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 tsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.
Brown: Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong (as if I needed another excuse to make some) coffee.
Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.
Lavender: Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
What are some of your favorite Easter traditions? Share & comment below!
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By Contributing Author: Kate Horney, BeyondFitPhysiques