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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Easter eggs - natural dyes 
Answer/Pointer: 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. 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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