Post by carnation037 on Jan 23, 2003 0:36:30 GMT -6
Dying eggs--the natural way:
This Easter, why not color your eggs using nature's very own dyes? It's possible to come up with a great number of colors using natural ingredients that can easily be found in almost any kitchen.
Pale Red: Fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries.
Orange: Yellow onion skins.
Light yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed or ground cumin.
Yellow: Ground turmeric.
Pale green: Spinach leaves.
Green-gold: Yellow Delicious apple peels.
Blue: Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves.
Beige to brown: Strong brewed coffee.
To dye the perfect Easter eggs the natural way, here's what to do:
Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until the eggs are covered. Add about a teaspoon of vinegar. Add the natural dye appropriate to the color you want your eggs to be. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need to use.) Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the substance you used to color the eggs. Put eggs in a bowl.
If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with the dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.