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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

All natural Easter egg dye

Your kids will have even more fun coloring Easter eggs when using their own homemade dyes. Not only will you get brilliant, gorgeous colors, the kids can put on their favorite stickers without the color rubbing off. Get your kids in the kitchen this Easter and have some family fun.

Ingredients

Red:

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  • 2 pounds beets, peeled, diced

Yellow/tan:

  • 1 pound onion skins

Yellow/orange:

  • 1 1/2 cup (1.9 ounce) jar turmeric

Purple:

  • 2 small heads red cabbage, sliced

Warm brown:

  • 1 (6-cup) pot of strong coffee
  • Distilled white vinegar

Directions

For all but the coffee color, in a 5 quart saucepan add 1 vegetable or ingredient. Add 4 quarts water, bring to a boil and cook for 1/2 hour or until the color is very dark. Allow to cool to room temperature and strain out vegetables. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar and then add hard boiled eggs to each color. Refrigerate overnight. For the coffee color: brew the coffee. Allow to cool to room temperature. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, add hard boiled eggs, refrigerate overnight. 


Each color will color a dozen eggs.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens

Photo from The Family Kitchen
For step-by-step instructions on making natural dyes, designing your eggs and tips on getting the most color from your dyes - click here.

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