This Easter try a new technique for dyeing eggs. This unique method
lets you experiment with natural ingredients. The kids will have
a ball inventing new colors.
Use 4 cups of each ingredient per quart
of water to create the desired color. Theses amounts will color
approximately 6 eggs.
Crimson: fresh beets
yellow onion skins
Green: spinach, fresh or frozen
Blue: crushed blueberries
In a large pot, place 6-8 eggs in a single layer. Add enough water
to cover eggs by 1 inch. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per
quart of water. Add dye ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn heat
to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Let eggs sit in the dye for approximately
10 minutes or until the desired color is achieved. Dry eggs on paper
towels or in egg cartons. When the eggs are dried, rub the eggs
with vegetable oil for a glossy shine.
Proper Egg Handling Procedures
- To avoid bacterial contamination, wash your hands thoroughly
before you handle the eggs and in between every step, including
cooking, cooling and dyeing.
- Discard any eggs that crack during dyeing or any eggs that have
been out of refrigeration for more than 2 hours.
- If you are hiding eggs, avoid areas where the egg might come
in contact with dirt, pets, birds, reptiles, insects or lawn chemicals.
- Refrigerate the hidden eggs after they have been found.