Remember growing up with the wonderful tradition of dying Easter eggs? I do too! It seems as though we have lost that fun and exciting tradition somewhere down the line. Why? Is it because buying plastic eggs is more of a convenience than spending good quality time with our children? We colored eggs when I was growing up, all of us around the table laughing, sharing and amazed at the colors we could make. I will not allow that tradition to die in my family. Passing it on to my children is something I look forward to. Teaching them how to carry on the tradition and making many memories throughout the years to come.
I know I have seen many ways to use fruits and veggies to dye eggs, but I wanted to try to come up with a few ways you may not know. As spring fills the air we know that dandelions fill our lawns. Some people hate them. However, I have come to love them! Not only are they a pretty little flower, but did you know they are edible both the bloom and their green leaves? They also make a pretty yellow pastel dye to color eggs with.
Another one of our favorites, which is a staple food in our household is the blueberry. There’s just nothing like them, a nutritional powerhouse packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. We eat them just about every day with breakfast either in pancakes or by themselves. Did you know that they make a very pretty dye? Yep, it’s true! I know this just by looking at my children’s clothes after eating them. The dye from the juices gets in their clothes and yep, it stains them. That’s ok though, at least I know they were enjoying them. Also, breakfast is usually served while in their jammies.
I love the outdoors and farming, so it stands to reason my favorite color is green. I wanted to color eggs for Easter but I didn’t want to use store-bought artificial colors or dyes, I wanted to go all natural. So, I had this great master plan using only things growing outside, starting with grass. Yes, plain ole regular grass from my lawn. Well when I boiled it down it was yellow. You’d think that I would have learned that in biology class while in college, but I don’t recall ever boiling grass. But honestly it never crossed my mind and it was the excitement that got the best of me. Now I know the pigment of the grass is yellow. We are never too old to learn something new.
Another great idea, I thought was to use Spirulina for the hue of green that I was looking for. Well, that was a bust too. Although, I did get a light green speckled egg instead, but I was happy with the outcome. It must dry before touching it else the speckles will smear. We eat quite a bit of spirulina since it is good for you. Spirulina is simply a blue-green algae which grows naturally in oceans and lakes.
Please reconsider buying plastic eggs! Boil your own and dye them any color you’d like. If you don’t use natural dye from fruits and veggies buy the kits. A bonus, if you boil eggs is that they can be eaten after the hunt and are yummy. While plastic eggs do nothing but sit in the landfills.
I hope you have fun making new memories with your children coloring eggs, hiding them and watching them look for them.
2 cups dandelion petals
2 cups water
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
In a small sauce pan boil water and vinegar. Add dandelion petals and let boil for 2 minutes. Strain into a bowl and let cool.
2 cups blueberries, frozen
2 cups water
1 Tbsp. White vinegar
In a small sauce pan boil water and vinegar. Smash blueberries and add to water. Let boil for 2 minutes. Pour into a bowl and let cool.
Spirulina Green Speckled
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. spirulina
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
In a bowl add water spirulina and vinegar. Stir until the spirulina is mixed well. Then you’re ready to color eggs!
Note: You may dye eggs and let dry and repeat the process to get a darker hue.