||Monday, January 1, 2001
||Easter eggs - natural dyes
||The eggs can be hard-cooked right in the dye. Cover the eggs in water and
simmer for 20 minutes with a teaspoon of vinegar and one of the following materials:
fresh oregano or mint - beige
red cabbage leaves - blue
strong coffee - brown
walnut shells - buff
spinach - grayish gold/pink
carrot tops - greenish yellow
yellow Delicious apple peel - lavender
onion skins - orange
orange peels or thyme - yellow
Fruit flavored drink powder can also be used to color eggs without using Easter egg dye.
Put about 1/2 cup of water in a small bowl or custard cup. Add one envelope of a fruit-flavored
drink powder and stir until dissolved. Place a hard-boiled egg on a slotted spoon and carefully
lower it into the water. Slowly move the egg around in the water until it reaches the desired color.
Use the spoon to remove the egg from the water. Place on a paper towel to dry.
When purchasing your eggs, remember that white shells will take color better than brown shells.
"Food facts" column by Anne W. Parramore in Tallahassee Democrat 3/31/83.
Copy also in Expanding File under Dyeing.