It’s all about the fun of coloring eggs this weekend at my house. And since this is an organic wholesome food blog I can’t just let you use that egg dye kit from the drug store, at least not if you plan on eating the eggs ! So I’ll take you back in time to my childhood for just a minute and give you a glimpse of how we did the Easter Eggs back in the day.
You can use stuff from nature to dye your eggs different colors, I only did red ones this year using red beets and red onion skins and only allowed them to sit in the water for a couple of hours. I prefer a deeper red color so next time I will let them sit in the water overnight.
The fun part for us kids was always the hunt for herbs and leaves that we would put on each egg before wrapping it in a piece of nylon stalking. You can use anything from chervil leaves to flower petals or grass, the possibilities are endless. Ferns, dill and lucky charms are my favorites, especially because with the lucky charms you can do hearts and butterflies as well.
I hope you will give this one a try and have a wonderful Easter with all your loved ones.
Easter Eggs Naturally Dyed with Red Onion Skins
(makes 1 dozen )
1 dozen organic eggs -white
2 c red onion skins -packed
1 red beet -sliced
2 tsp white vinegar
2 qt water
herbs & leaves for decoration
nylon stalking cut into 10 inch pieces
1. Bring the water to a boil together with the onion skins and beets. Simmer for 20 minutes then add the vinegar.
Meanwhile stick a couple of leaves on each egg with a drop of water then wrap it gently in the stalking and tie it at each end.
2. Add the eggs to the pot with the onion skins and beets and boil them for 3 minutes. Remove from flame and cover with a lid. Allow them to sit in the warm liquid for at least 10 minutes and until the desired color is achieved. The longer they sit in the liquid the more intense the color will be. You may refrigerate them in the liquid overnight for a nice deep color.
3. Transfer each egg to a plate and cut the stalking with a pair of scissors . Discard the herbs and pat them dry with a paper towel. For extra shine you may rub them with a little oil.