How to dye Easter eggs the natural way

Dyeing from natural causes. The eco-friendly option for Easter egg dyes is sparking some "Pinterest" from moms.

Yes, that same yellow dye freaking out moms who demand Kraft take it out of its Macaroni and Cheese is the same dye Americans have used to color eggs for more than a century. 

Tulsa Chef Amanda Simcoe  has a "free range" of natural ideas. 

Amanda says beets are easiest:

  • Simmer them on the stove for 20 minutes or run through a juicer
  • add one cup of water
  • 2-3 teaspoons of white vinegar 

Better Homes and Gardens offers a variety of ways to get your favorite Easter egg colors, but Amanda says not all of them work well. 

Here is her list of favorites:

  • Carrots
  • Red Onions (although expect more of a blue-green color than reddish-purple)
  • Coffee
  • Blueberry
  • Turmeric (if you don't have ground turmeric at home, ground curry works, too)

For a marbled look, Amanda suggests adding coconut oil to the cooled dyes. 

With natural dyes, the eggs need to soak for two to three hours in order to see a bold color.

You could always buy a natural color kit. It comes with compostable cups and bamboo brushes, if you're willing to shell out $14! 

Or you know those farmer's market "Easter egger" chickens will pop 'em out already colored. 

But dyeing with food costs a lot less and will keep the kids entertained for more than the "pop, pop, fizz" from the good ol' days of Paas. 

It's family fun to dye for! At least with the older kids. The young ones probably don't have enough patience. 

Happy Easter!

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