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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Color Your Eggs the Natural Way!

Use these natural ingredients to make beautiful colored eggs for easter.... or anytime!
Here is a brief list of ingredients and the colors they make.

Blue – canned/frozen blueberries, grape juice concentrate
Brown or beige – strong coffee, black tea, walnuts, dill seed
Orange – paprika, yellow onion skins, chili powder
Bright yellow – Turmeric, saffron, dried marigold flowers, dried goldenrod
Pale yellow – orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, chamomile tea, ground cumin, green tea
Light green – spinach leaves, combination of red cabbage and turmeric, red onion skins
Blue/teal – red cabbage leaves
Red / pink – grated red beets, cranberries or cranberry juice, raspberries, pickled beet juice, red onion skins, pomegranate juice
Violet/purple – purple grape juice, hibiscus tea, red cabbage and beet mix, violet blossoms with 2 tsp lemon juice

Experiment with combinations (for a pretty salmon color, soak the egg in the tumeric solution, then in cabbage).  Soaking eggs for different times can also provide different color effects - a short time gives the eggshell a pale tone while over night gives it a jewel like color.
                                                                               ~ Dani

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1 comment:

  1. Really interesting. I never knw you could use these type of ingredients for coloring eggs (though I have heard of using onion skins)


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