Yes, yes, yes... you've seen it on the internet already, but have you actually tried to dye Easter eggs with plants? We do it every year, and although it's not as quick as the PAASⓇ tablets, it's certainly interesting and exciting to see how each vegetable/fruit translates into a unique color.
Although it is a bit time consuming, dying eggs with natural sources is pretty simple.
The basic steps:
• Chop up vegetables, or gather small fruits or spices (turmeric, in this example).
• Grab all of your pots and pans, and add your various dye choices.
• Pour enough water to cover materials and heat until boiling. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
• Strain contents into labeled (optional) jars or bowls, then let cool to room temperature.
• Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to each cup of color mixture.
• Carefully drop as many hard boiled eggs as you can/like into each jar.
• Let the eggs hang out in the mixtures and soak up the natural pigments.
Colors can end up lighter or deeper depending on the length of time you soak them. Soaking the eggs overnight (our favorite) creates rich, vibrant colors, while soaking for a few hours gives you soft pastel colors.
We like to draw patterns on the eggs with light colored crayons, or wrap rubber bands around some of the eggs before submerging them into their colorful baths.
Here are some good food sourced materials to try, although I'm not going to give away what the color will be, because that will ruin the surprise:
•Beets, red cabbage, turmeric, red wine, red onion skins, strong coffee, and black tea. A quick search on the internet will give you endless combinations and recipes.