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Friday, April 6, 2012

Great Eggspectations: Dye Naturally!

By request: an updated Easter egg dying post from last year.
Meadows Family Farms "Easter Eggs"
Eggs in the colors of the rainbow? 'Tis the season. Many FD&C (U.S.) approved food coloring dyes have been banned in other countries due to safety concerns. Why not try some natural dyes this year? These egg dye recipes use household items and goodies from the garden. Try drawing on the eggs with crayons or wax before dying for a decorative touch. 

Of course, an easy, 
absolutely all natural alternative [wink] is to head over to Washington Perk & Provisions Co. and pick up a carton of Meadow Family Farms "Easter Eggs" which come in ivory, light brown, reddish brown, aqua and green straight from their Heritage hens!

All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes
Use these all-natural dye recipes made from household ingredients to create Easter eggs in beautifully subdued shades. Leave eggs soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors.

Dark Pink
Cut 1 medium beet into chunks. Add beet to 4 c. boiling water. Stir in 2 tbsp vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Remove beets.
Pink
1 c. pickled beet juice and 1 tbsp vinegar
or crushed raspberries and 1 tbsp vinegar
Blue
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks. Add cabbage to 4 c. boiling water. Stir in 2 tbsp vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.
or canned blueberries, crushed & boiled and 1tbsp vinegar
Lavender
1 c. grape juice and 1 tbsp vinegar
Green
1 box frozen spinach, thawed & boiled. Cool to room temperature. Remove spinach. Add 1 tbsp vinegar.

Brown
1 c. strong (or instant) coffee and 1 tbsp vinegar
Yellow
Remove the peel from 1 orange. Add peel to 4 c. boiling water. Stir in 2 tbsp vinegar. Let cool to room temperature. Remove orange peel.
These and other techniques will be demonstrated at the Easter at Old Salem celebration  tomorrow. 

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