As a child, I remember gathering with family after church on Easter Sunday for dinner, an Easter egg hunt and egg coloring. Those colored eggs would then be used in days to come in egg salad sandwiches or other recipes. Not knowing any better at the time, we used egg coloring kits.
If you want to avoid using artificial dyes with color additives and chemicals, try using fruits and vegetables to create natural, vibrant colors.
Here are some examples of natural dyes:
- Yellow – yellow onion skin; lemon peel; tumeric; cumin
- Blue – chopped red cabbages; blueberries
- Green – spinach; parsley
- Red – cherries; red onion skins; rose hips; pomegranate
- Pink – beet juice; cranberry juice; frozen raspberries; blackberries
- Brown – coffee grounds; black tea
- Orange – paprika; chili powder; yellow onion skins
- Purple – grape juice; red onion skins; red cabbage
Organic.org does a good job of laying out the instructions for coloring your eggs. Remember, your colors will turn out better, the longer you soak the eggs in the dyes.
Enjoy time with your family this weekend and have fun coloring eggs!