Dyeing to try it

My experience has been that once you make even one change towards a healthier, more sustainable life style the seed is planted for countless others to follow.  So as we began to anticipate Spring’s arrival I started thinking about our Easter tradition of coloring eggs.  The thought of putting a tiny tablet in a mug of vinegar that would turn our eggs a different color within minutes simply didn’t feel right.  Around the same time an article came through my email inbox titled Celebrate Easter Naturally: Dyeing Eggs with Plants and Spices and with it inspiration.  From this page you can explore all kinds of recipes and ideas.  Many of them felt too ambitious for our first attempt.  For some reason anything that suggests cheesecloth intimidates me so I settled on the simplest recipe (below) with the following ingredients:

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Then I needed to find white eggs that met my quality expectations.  I knew where we live white, organic and pastured was pushing it so I limited my search to simply GMO free just in case one of my non-egg eating children were tempted to take a bite.  After putting out requests to local farms (just in case), our local mother’s club and the Holistic Moms Network, I finally found non-GMO certified white eggs at Whole Foods.  Now for making the dyes…

If you’re sharing the experience with children I suggest making the excitement be about cooking the dyes.

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Blue: Boil together 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon salt and 2 cups frozen blueberries for 10 minutes.  Strain and place liquid in a glass container with 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Red: Boil together 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon salt and a large shredded beet for 10 minutes.  Strain and place liquid in glass container with 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Yellow: Boil together 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon salt and 2 tablespoons turmeric for 10 minutes.  Strain and place liquid in glass container with 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Our attempt at green with spinach didn’t work at all.

Place egg in and enjoy!

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Blueberries work great and you can get beautiful color in an hour or so.  Beets and turmeric work best with an overnight soak in the refrigerator.

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Bring on the cheesecloth!

 

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