Easter is just around the corner already! Wasn’t Mr. Ho Ho Ho just trudging through the snow?? Either way, I’m so ready for Spring and all things Easter!
Last year was the first time we dyed eggs with Lyric as a family and I remember having mixed feelings about the whole thing. Of course, she loved dipping every. single. egg. in every. single. color. but her skin was stained every color of the rainbow that required many o’ baths to wash clean. It made a huge mess and dare I say, hardly seemed worth it?
This time I wanted to make the tradition of dying eggs more involved and educational now that Lyric is another year older and another year wiser! So we gave it a try to dye them naturally, using only a few things we had in the fridge and pantry. I know you’re probably thinking this is so much more work than just adding a few drops to a cup of water and vinegar…and yes, you are absolutely right! But this is by far one of the better at-home experiments we’ve done together and is something I want to continue to do every year from now on for a few reasons!
Lyric looooooves helping us in the kitchen, whether it’s ‘washing’ dishes or helping to measure out and add ingredients for meals, you can usually find her perched on the kitchen counter. She is also well versed in all the colors of the rainbow and I knew she would enjoy guessing what color the eggs would turn out, then be shocked to learn that purple cabbage in fact turned the eggs blue – and that she was! She was also super excited that we had to put the eggs to sit in the fridge overnight and tomorrow she would get to take them out to see the final product. It was like Christmas all over again!
Pinterest has a plethora of dye matter you can use, but almost anything will leave a unique hue behind. Some things you can try are beets, onion, tea, fruit juices and coffee! We had purple cabbage, spinach, tumeric and paprika handy…and blueberries, but someone ate them before we could experiment with them haha. I did the cutting and Lyric got to fill up all the pots with water, toss in all the dye matter and mom didn’t have to worry about the ingredients being perfect measured or our meal being over-salted 😉
Once they were all boiled and cooled she gladly tossed eggs into each of the colored jars and helped place them in the fridge until tomorrow. As soon as she woke up she couldn’t wait to check out her eggs and examine them all. Tumeric was the only thing that left a vibrant color on our hands but it came clean after washing up twice – MUCH less messy than food coloring. The other dyes didn’t stain at all so Lyric could play in the jars all she wanted and I didn’t have to worry about it looking like a unicorn threw up on her.
So this year, skip the mess of artificial food coloring dyes and make your own mess in the kitchen with your little ones! Take it up a level and experiment with foods and seasonings you have on hand, talk about what color and shade you think they’ll turn out and be surprised along with your kids at how close your guesses were. All of a sudden a beloved Easter tradition just got a whole lot more memorable. Happy Easter, friends!!
- 2 cups shredded purple cabbage + 2 cups water + 2 tbsp vinegar
- 5 cups spinach + 2 cups water + 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp tumeric + 2 cups water + 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp paprika + 2 cups water + 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 dozen hard boiled eggs
- Bring water and dye matter to a boil and let simmer
- Seasonings require 10 minutes, while vegetables require 20-40 minutes
- Remove from heat once the water is the desired color
- Let cool to room temperature then pour through a mesh strainer into individual jars
- Add vinegar
- Submerge 3 eggs in each jar and refrigerate overnight
- Remove from liquid and let air dry in an egg carton
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Easter Bunny Carrot Treat
from A Boy & His Mom