Sunday, November 27
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Natural Easter Eggs

NFor a very North Fork type of Easter, opt for natural dyes you can make at home over the chemical-based pastels we so often associate with this holiday. These environmentally-inspired shades can be made with leftover kitchen ingredients and are a fun activity to do with kids. Use beets, turmeric, cabbage, fruit juices, coffee, and even onion skins! Here’s some tips from AllRecipes.com to make your natural Easter eggs:

  • Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.
  • Add coloring agent.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or longer for the deepest color.
  • Strain liquid into a large mason jar, and allow to cool to room temperature, 2-3 hours.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.
  • Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.
  • Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish (optional).

Learn how much color to add for each shade here.