Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Planning on dying Easter Eggs? If so, head to the produce department to use Mother Nature's beautifully vibrant colors!
As kids our family ate colored Easter Eggs, even though they were dyed with those suspect little tablets of synthetic dyes AND even though after being hidden by the Easter Bunny, they sat in their hiding places, unrefrigerated, for almost twelve hours! Thankfully, my brothers and sisters are all still here to reminisce about it, however, I now know better about the health issues of synthetic dyes and improper refrigeration. So, this year I wanted to experiment with edible food dyes and the Easter Bunny is going to have to hide our eggs in the EARLY morning hours instead of the night before.
We are on vacation so I didn't have all of my kitchen equipment (i.e. my Champion Juicer) or use of my entire pantry and garden. I used what I could buy locally in the Florida Keys and fortunately I had my Vita-Mix, because I try not to travel without it.
The beet (bright pink), turmeric (bright yellow) and red cabbage (soft blue) colored eggs were a beautiful success! The spinach colored eggs did not take the on the green color at all and the blueberry colored eggs turned out grey, not very festive for Easter. Let me know how yours turn out, following is what we did:
24 Eggs, Organic (Keep the egg cartons to store eggs)
2 Gallons Purified Water
2 1/2 C Vinegar
1/4 C EVOO
1/2 Head Red Cabbage,Organic
1 Oz.Turmeric, Organic (our local grocery store did not carry fresh turmeric)
2 C Blueberries, Organic
2 Beets, Medium sized and Organic
1 Bag Spinach, Organic
Place room temperature eggs in room temperature purified and water set range temperature on high to bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to a simmer and let simmer for 10 mins. Remove eggs from water. Let eggs cool while preparing the dyes. We boiled our eggs in two batches.
Place each of the dying ingredients (cabbage, turmeric, blueberries, beets, and spinach) in the blender seperately. Add to the blender enough purified water to make two cups of dye concentrate. When concentrate is liquified pour into a cup and set aside. When all dye concentrates are finished, place each into a larger container with 1/4 C vinegar and 1 C of boiling purified water and mix throughly. Gently place eggs in each container and refrigerate for 6 hours or over night. Remove eggs from dye and wipe clean with paper towel. Rinsing with water will remove too much color. Rub with EVOO to shine and enhance color. Place eggs back in egg cartons and refrigerate until ready to hide!