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8 Super Simple Recipes for Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs

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Want to try your hand at dying vibrantly colored Easter eggs this season? These recipes really don’t take much time and not many ingredients or tools at all! Skip the kits and synthetic food coloring. Simply use items you already have in the pantry. Make some lasting, and naturally safe, memories! (Word to the wise: don’t forget to deck your little helpers out in smock aprons or you’ll have lasting memories of a different kind… blueberries, beets, and turmeric can stain clothing!) Have fun, mamas! Use the hashtag #mamabarecommunity to show us your colorful eggs!

Primary Colors – RED

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2 cups chopped raw beets + 2 cups water + 1 tsp white vinegar

Whole Foods Market suggests bringing beets and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the beet chunks but keep the colored liquid. Stir in the vinegar and let your mixture cool to room temperature. Carefully drop your hardboiled eggs in the beet juice and let them sit until you achieve the desired shade of rouge.

BLUE

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3 1/2 cups blueberries + 2 cups water + 1 tbsp lemon juice

REAL SIMPLE has published a really simple (ha!) and healthy recipe for dying your Easter eggs blue: Bring the blueberries to a boil and let roll for 5 minutes. Strain the berries and keep the liquid. (Note to self: Don’t discard them just yet! Add a bit of maple syrup, purée with some stewed apples, and you just made an easy batch of blueberry applesauce!) Add lemon juice to your blue mixture and plunk your hardboiled eggs right in. They’ll end up lighter or darker depending on how long you leave them submerged.

YELLOW

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2 tbsp ground turmeric + 1 cup water per egg

The kitchn suggests using ground turmeric per cup of water. Use 1 cup of water per 2 eggs. Boil the water and turmeric for 15 minutes. Let the liquid cool to room temperature and then add eggs. The longer the eggs are submerged in the mixture, the darker they will be. You can leave your eggs in the liquid, cover them, and refrigerate them for as long as you need to get that perfect shade.

Complementary Colors – ORANGE

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6 yellow onions + 2 cups water + 3 tsp vinegar

Mix the onion peels in boiling water and let simmer on low-medium heat for 15 minutes. Strain and add white vinegar. When the mixture cools, add your hardboiled eggs and keep them submerged until you achieve that sunset hue.

PINK

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2 cups chopped raw beets + 2 cups water + 1 tsp white vinegar

(see recipe with beets above) For a light pink hue instead of darker red, simply leave your hardboiled eggs in your beet juice mixture for a much shorter period and gently blot off excess color before letting them air-dry.

PURPLE

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1 cup grape juice + 1 tbsp vinegar

Place egg in liquid, cover the mixture and set it in the fridge.

Longer time = deeper jewel tone

Shorter time = pastel purple hue

GREEN

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peels of 6 red onions + 2 cups boiling water + 3 tsp white vinegar

For a rich tone of jade green, let the peels simmer in boiling water for 15 minutes. (Note to self: Don’t throw the onions away. Sauté them with some ground beef and prep a batch of fajitas for supper!) Strain the solids. Keep the liquid and add white vinegar. Once you’ve covered your egg and popped it in the fridge, keep checking for your desired shade.

BROWN

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FIRST, take the time to sip your own coffee!

1 tbsp vinegar + 1 cup strong coffee at room temperature

Drop your egg in and let it steep while you sip another cup of joe.

Enjoy, everyone! We’ll post new pics of our family’s colorful Easter eggs on Instagram and Facebook this week. Happy Spring!

For more ideas and resources, check out

www.realsimple.com

www.wholefoodsmarket.com

www.thekitchn.com