By Fredrica Syren:
Ahh, spring is here — or at least we’re getting a hint of it. Of course, the Easter holiday is a sure sign it’s just around the corner. Nothing says Easter more than dying eggs with kids, and in my family we use all-natural coloring made from natural ingredients like herbs and spices, which make great dyes. The fun part is that, when using these kinds of ingredients, you never know what kind of colors the end result will be. So you have to be more open as well as patient because natural egg dyes take a bit longer to dry, sometimes overnight.
Yellow onion skins = Yellow to dark orange
Turmeric or cumin = Bright yellow
Red beets = Pink to red
Red onion skins = Pale purple to red
Red cabbage = Blue (strange, but true)
Spinach = Green
Purple grape juice (use as is) = Lavender
Coffee (use as is) = Tan to brown
Chili powder = Orange
Raspberries or blackberries = Pink to purple
Yellow or green apple peels = Yellow-green
Beet Juice or powder=Pink to purple
Boil 2 cups of water with 2 Tbsp. of an ingredient from the above list. Reduce to a simmer until water is the color of your choice. Cool water before using. Add hard-boiled eggs to the dye and let them soak until desired color is reached.