Saturday, April 11, 2009

Home Made Easter Eggs

I was looking for homemade Easter Egg dyes to accompany my food coloring options. With a tight budget these days, and a lot of our meals coming from what we have on hand in the freezer or pantry, I will be adding a few of these ideas for my Easter eggs as well.

BLUE: Make a Blueberry Dye using 1 cup of mashed blueberries.
GREEN: Make a Spinach Leaf Dye using 1 cup of chopped spinach.
YELLOW: Make a Ground Turmeric Dye using 3-4 Tbsp. of ground turmeric.
BROWN: Make a Coffee Dye substituting 1 quart of brewed black coffee for 1 quart water.
  1. Put the recommended amount of fruit, vegetable or spice in the pot.
  2. Add about 1 cup of water per 1 cup of food, and 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar to pot (water level should be about 1" above ingredients).
  3. Bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain out excess ingredients with a cheesecloth or coffee filter for a smooth liquid dye.
  5. Let cool to room temperature before dyeing eggs.

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