There are plenty of pretty amazing, craft-tastic Easter egg ideas out there, but why not take a more rustic approach and incorporate fresh produce in your Easter themed activities? Dip, dye, and decorate your eggs using nature’s colour and let loose!
Promote this family-friendly activity instore and on your social media or create how-to-dye guides to display. Your customers are guaranteed to fill up their baskets with both fresh gourmet eggs and produce in no time.
Nature’s Natural Dyes
Follow this how-to colour guide to achieve the perfect colour combinations for creating beautifully dyed eggs. The best part? The eggs can still be eaten afterward! Did someone say Easter egg salad?
Gold: Turmeric – 3 tablespoons.
Brown: Black coffee – 3/4 cup ground.
Orange: Onion-skins- skins of about 12 onions.
Pink: Beetroot – 4 cups chopped.
Purple: Blueberries – 4 cups mashed.
Royal Blue: Cabbage – 4 cups chopped.
Green: Spinach – 4 cups.
Once you have decided on which colours you want, chop up your produce, add them to a saucepan that is filled with 3/4 of water and add 2-3 teaspoons of white vinegar.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes or until desired colour is reached. In another saucepan, hard-boil your desired number of eggs allowing time for them to cool afterwards.
Strain dye into a bowl and once at room temperature, drop the cooled hard-boiled eggs (still in the shell) into the bowl of dye allowing them to soak. The soaking time will depend on the depth of colour you wish. Remove eggs with spoon, pat with paper towels, and dry on a wire rack.
Q. Are dyed eggs safe to eat?
A. If you use food-safe dyes or natural colouring from produce in your decorating, the colouring itself will pose no health risks.
Q. How long can I keep my dyed eggs for?
A. Hard-boiled eggs stay fresh in the shell for about a week in the fridge, so make sure you eat them within that time frame.
Q. Are there any safety precautions I should follow?
A. Make sure you wash your hands before you begin dyeing your eggs. Also, discard any eggs that have been left unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.
Q. How do I get the eggs to look as vibrant as possible?
A. Leave eggs soaking in the natural egg dye in the fridge overnight for the richest colour; for subtler results soak for 30 minutes or less!
Q. Do natural dyes change the flavour of the egg?
A. Nope! Just the colour.