Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Easter Egg Dyes Right In Your Kitchen!
So what is an environmentally friendly substitute to Easter egg dye kits? You probably have the ingredients right in your kitchen!
Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add enough water to just cover the eggs, and add a teaspoon of vinegar. Add your “natural dye” and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. So what can you use for the “natural dyes”? Kitchen scraps!
Pale red/Purple = canned beet juice
Orange = yellow onion skins
Light yellow = orange or lemon peels
Yellow = ground tumeric
Light Green = Granny Smith apple peels or spinach leaves
Blue/Purple = Canned blueberry juice or red cabbage leaves
Beige/Brown = strong brewed tea/coffee
To keep it frugal, make sure you are only using the scraps, don’t waste good produce. Use old coffee grounds, leftover beet/blueberry juice, etc. You can also use it as a science project to teach your children. My kids love any hands-on “experiments”!