Let’s go green this Easter!
For many people Easter means coloring eggs, and quite often to make it easier we go with may be not so healthy, but ready-to use dye kits we can get in a supermarket. Well, yes, though they are approved for the food use, synthetic dyes are not the healthiest or most eco-friendly choice we can make for our family. This time let’s have fun family time coloring eggs with the kids using natural dyes. Most likely some of them you have already got in your pantry.
What natural dyes can be used for colouring Easter eggs?
- Grape juice (no water, just juice and eggs in a pot) – purple
- Turmeric – vibrant yellow
- Fresh spinach leaves (or matcha green tea powder) – greenish colours
- Sliced beetroots – for pink or light purple
- Strong black coffee (in this case no water needed, just coffee and eggs) – brown
- Yellow onion skins – for a golden-orange shades (you’ll need quite a lot of skins!) You can also use paprika powder as an orange dye.
- Pomegranate juice – will give you red colour
How to dye eggs with eco-friendly dyes?
You would preferably need white eggs, to get the most vibrant colours possible, but you can also use brown, just be ready that colours will be different.
To colour eggs you need to put them into cold water, just enough to cover the eggs, then add one tablespoon of white vinegar and add one of the eco-friendly dyes listed above. Boil for 10-20 minutes and then remove and refrigerate.
If you want to make eggs of different colours, you will need to boil each batch of eggs in different water. The longer they stay in the dye, the brighter the colours will be.
Go green, have fun and share your eco-friendly Easter eggs with us on Facebook!