An Easter without dyed Easter eggs wouldn't be much fun at all. And why waste money on artificial Easter egg dye, especially when you've already grow your own natural Easter grass and made a basket from recycled containers?
|Natural egg dye is easy to make using berries, vegetables, and spices, and you can create just about any color you want, from pastels to deep hues. The results vary from batch to batch, which adds to the fun in my book. In some cases you can have your dye and eat it, too! We will be having pickled red cabbage some night soon, with mashed berries over ice cream for desert. Even if you don't eat the dye leftovers, you can toss them in the compost pile.|
At our farm, eggs come in creams, browns, olive, and even pale blue-green—right from the chickens—so we usually enjoy those as is (you can dye non-white eggs if you enjoy the antiqued shades you will get). For clear, bright colors you’ll want to use white eggs. Store-bought eggs are ready to hard-boil as soon as you get them home, but if you buy eggs directly from a farmer, you'll need to wait until they're a week old. Fresher eggs haven't absorbed enough air to make an air pocket inside, and the result will be almost impossible to peel.