Change things up this year by trying DIY egg coloring with natural dyes! The bright side of natural coloring is that dyes can be made from a variety of ingredients found in your kitchen. Though it may take a little longer, it is sure worth the wait. Plus, it’s such a surprise to see how bright or light the colors turn out, depending on how strong you make the dyes.
Items you’ll need to get started include:
- A dozen of hard boiled organic eggs, cooled
- White vinegar
- Several bowls to mix the dyes
- Rubber gloves if you don’t want colorful fingers
- Recycle paper towels or cloth towels
- Save your egg carton for drying
- See below for dye ingredients
Color ingredients: There’s a few different ways to make the colored dyes. For instance, you’ll need to mix frozen blueberries in water to make natural blue dye. On the other hand, you’ll need to simmer yellow onions and mix with white vinegar for natural orange dye. Check out Better Homes and Gardens for instructions on how to make the colored dyes you want to use.
Tips to consider:
- Frozen or canned fruit tends produces stronger colors
- Allow eggs to sit overnight in the dye for a darker color
- Once the egg is colored, rub a tiny amount of oil for a shinier egg.
You might be wondering what the dark side of artificial food coloring is all about. It may make your food look more appetizing but it’s linked to serious health risks. In 1983, the FDA found Red No. 3 is linked to causing tumors and Yellow No. 5 to hives. Recently, the Center for Science in Public Interest is petitioning to phase out eight artificial food dyes.
Remember, using natural ways to color your food is better for you and the environment. Also, it’s an opportunity to spend more time with your family and teach them about natural and eco-friendly activities.