Everything Easter Eggs!
The Easter egg is the symbol of new life and represents the rejuvenation of the spring season. Coloring eggs is a fun activity that can create life-long memories for your family. Have fun this Easter season and go Natural, retro, or wild with your egg decorating! Below you'll find a guide to making the perfect hard-cooked eggs and great options for decorating those eggs.
The perfect hard-cooked egg: Eggs that are a few days old are easier to peel once cooked, so buy your eggs about a week in advance of cooking. Note: Save your empty egg carton for storing your colored eggs in the refrigerator.
Natural Dyes: If you are adverse to artificial colors, or you just want to do a fun food-science experiment with your family, you may want to decorate your eggs using natural dyes. Pigments from foods provide a subtle to vibrant range of colors.
Color Dye Material (note: add vinegar to all dyes, boiled or not)
Blue Canned blueberries (no need to boil)
Red cabbage leaves
Purple grape juice (no need to boil)
Deep Orange Chili Powder or Paprika (use about 2-3 Tbsp. per 1 C water, boil)
Lighter orange: Yellow onion skin, boil
Gold Ground Turmeric (use about 2-3 Tbsp. per 1 Cup water, boil)
Green Spinach leaves (boiled)
Pink Beets, fresh cranberries, raspberries (boil)
Cranberry juice (no need to boil)
Red Pomegranate juice (no need to boil)
Canned cherries (with syrup)
Red Onion Skins (boiled, use several skins)
Purple Red wine (no need to boil)
Yellow Ground Cumin (use about 2-3 Tbsp. per 1 Cup water, boil)
Carrot tops (boiled)
Retro Dyes: Back in the 1970's the best method for coloring Easter eggs was to use food coloring found on the shelf in the spice aisle. McCormick makes both traditional color dyes and neon color dyes to increase your retro decorating options.
Wild Dyes: You can purchase egg dying kits that give you a variety of options for creating unique Easter eggs – for example (all available at Meijer):
R.J. Rabbit's Bright & Shiny Egg Decorating Kit (produces a shiny, foil-like appearance)
R.J. Rabbit's Candy Apple Easter Eggs (creates a bright, shiny surface and smells like candy apples!)
PAAS Craft Activity Easter Egg Decorating Kit (stickers, glitter, stencils and more!)
Dudley's Press and Print Easter Egg Stamp Kit
Easter Egg Safety: