Easter '06

KIWI Magazine Suggests Natural Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

Natural Dyes for Easter EggsWould you prefer to stay away from artificial dyes to color your Easter eggs this year? If you’ve got beets, blueberries, curry powder—and patient kids—on hand, you can.

My family loves eating boiled, dyed Easter eggs after the hunts are over, but I always feel a little weird when I peel the shell and find the egg has turned a funny shade of green or blue.

Am I really going to go to the trouble to buy organic, cage-free eggs, stick them in some unknown chemical dye and then happily feed them to my family?

KIWI magazine had a great way to create do-it-yourself colored eggs that are free from all the artificial dyes.

The magazine cautions that this process takes longer than dissolving a tablet in some vinegar. But if you have some older (and patient) kids, the results are gorgeous and very natural-looking.

The eggs must soak in the dyes five to 15 minutes (depending on how deep you want the color to be). Have kids attach stickers before submerging the eggs and then peel them off after to reveal white patterns underneath.

Here are a few natural ways to achieve egg colors:

Pink: Bring one 15-ounce jar of beets to a boil in 1 cup of water. Simmer for five minutes. Pour through a colander into a bowl to retain liquid. Cool and stir in 1 teaspoon of vinegar.

Yellow: Bring 1 tablespoon of turmeric or curry powder to a boil in 2 cups of water. Simmer five minutes. Cool.

Blue: Bring 2 cups frozen blueberries to a boil in 2 cups of water. Simmer for five minutes. Pour through a colander into a bowl to retain liquid. Cool and stir in 1 teaspoon of vinegar.

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenna.mckinnon Kenna McKinnon

    Brilliant. I wish you’d written this 30 years ago when my children were young. Very nice, Shannon, I’m going to check out your other articles. And KIWI Magazine. New Zealand?

  • Magazines.com

    Kenna–glad you appreciate the craft, even if it’s a little late! No, Kiwi magazine is not from New Zealand. According to the magazine, they chose the name Kiwi because “Kiwis are like our children: invigorating, juicy and sweet all at the same time.”