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All Natural Easter Egg Dyes to Brighten Up your Easter Egg Hunt the Right Way

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The annual Easter egg hunt is just around the corner and no doubt many of you have plans to spend the first part of the holiday weekend dyeing eggs for use in the festivities. The problem is that as cheap of those egg dyeing kits have become they are not the most eco friendly things in the world as they are full of all kinds of mystery chemicals, so of which can prove toxic if consumed by small children.

This does not mean however that you have to give up on the Easter altogether or have everyone go off and the hunt for a bunch of boring old white end brown eggs. By utilizing one of these natural easter egg coloring techniques you can stuff basket after basket full of brightly colored and attractive eco friendly Easter Eggs without having to worry abbot kids handling toxic substances.

Before you begin coloring anything, you will of course need to boil your eggs. Adding a little salt to the water is the one step you should not forget as it will help prevent the eggs from cracking, rendering them useless for decorating purposes. Once the eggs are cooked the fun can begin. Here are just a few eye dyeing recipes for you to follow:

Coffee Easter Egg Dyeing

In a large pot mix together two quarts of nice strong coffee, a ¼ cup of vinegar and a ¼ cup of salt. Once the “bath” is prepared lower the hard boiled eggs into it gently and then leave them to soak overnight. The end result should be a batch of Easter eggs that are a nice rich brown in color.

Beet Easter Egg Dyeing

To create pretty pink Easter eggs beets work wonderfully well. Mix together 8 cups of water, 8 cups of chopped beets, a ¼ cup of vinegar and a 1/4 cup of salt in your “egg bath” and once again leave it all to soak overnight.

Turmeric Easter Egg Dyeing

For brilliant yellow Easter Eggs mix together two quarts of plain water, 4 tablespoons of salt, 4 tablespoons of vinegar and 6 tablespoons of turmeric and then leave the eggs to bathe and absorb the coloring overnight.

Red Cabbage Easter Egg Dyeing

Although you will be using red cabbage to dye your Easter eggs the end result will actually be Easter eggs that are a subtle blue in hue. Begin by boiling one head of cabbage until cooked in about 2 quarts of salted water and when cooking is complete, and you have removed the cabbage to serve for dinner,  strain the hot cabbage water into a large container. Add to this 4 tablespoons of salt and 4 tablespoons of vinegar.

How deeply colored you want your eggs to be should determine how long you leave them in their cabbage bath,. For pale eggs 30 minutes to an hour should suffice but for deeper hues an overnight soak is called for.