Onion Skins and Easter Eggs:
 Free and Natural Egg Dying Tips

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In April, 2009, Dr. Carolyn Dean wrote the parent of this article and talked about dyeing Easter eggs the healthy way:

You may be throwing away the perfect ingredients for Easter eggs dyes. Dyes so safe you could drink them – unlike most commercial dyes…“Some Easter egg dyes are made with potentially poisonous ingredients,” says a report from the University of Miami. If you and your kids are dying eggs this year, you have to be careful your children don’t swallow the artificial dyes.

Even if they avoid swallowing the dye, it’ll eventually end up in the trash, the soil and the environment. Not to mention, you or your kids may accidentally absorb some of those poisons through your skin.

That’s why you may wish to try some of the ideas I’ve collected for dying eggs naturally. Plus, these days, everyone is trying to save money when and where they can. I recommend you try using the skins, peels and ends of fruits and vegetables that you may be discarding.

But, when I asked Dr. Dean for her Easter egg dyeing recipes, she said the file is long gone. Since I thought these recipes could be very useful and fun for health-conscious parents, I decided to research natural Easter egg dyes. Here are some tips that will help you produce beautiful and healthy Easter eggs.

How to Make Boiled Easter Egg Dyes

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add coloring agent.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or longer for the deepest color.
  4. Strain liquid into a large mason jar, and allow to cool to room temperature, 2-3 hours.
  5. Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.
  6. Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.
  7. Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish, if you so desire.

Natural Dyes which Use the Boiling Method

When you make natural dyes using the boiling method, here are some suggested coloring agents:

  • Light Blue – 2-4 cups of shredded red cabbage
  • Green – 2 cups of spinach
  • Purple – 1 1/2-4 cups of shredded red beets
  • Rusty Orange – 1-4 cups of onion skins
  • Yellow – 3 tablespoons of ground Turmeric

You can experiment with the amount of coloring agent and see what amount gives you the color you desire.

Using Juice or Liquids to Dye Easter Eggs

If you are using undiluted liquids to dye your Easter eggs, follow this method:

  1. Strain liquid into a large mason jar.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.
  3. Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.
  4. Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish, if you wish.

Suggested Undiluted Liquid Dyes

  • Medium Blue – 2 cups of unsweetened grape juice
  • Dark Blue – 2 cups of unsweetened blueberry juice
  • Brown – 1 quart of strong coffee

Enjoy Dyeing and Eating Easter Eggs

One of the fondest memories I have is of dyeing Easter eggs with my Mom and Sister on Good Friday. We took pieces of white wax to decorate our eggs before we dyed them. Each family member had his/her name written on at least one egg. Then, after church on Easter Sunday, we had a picnic brunch with the Easter eggs we so proudly handed out.

This is Dr. Dean’s invitation to use these recipes from the original post:

Please, pass the recipe onto any friend or family. If you have a website or blog you’re welcome to distribute it.

Happy Easter!!!!

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