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Natural Egg Dying with Food

Natural egg dying with food — REAL FOOD — is so super fun. Except not only is it fun…it’s GORGEOUS!!

The best part is…you’re using kitchen scraps. You’re not even wasting real food. Compost = natural egg dying = perfection.

There are a GAZILLION food-dyed egg blog posts out there around Easter. Many use artificial dye, some use additional decorating methods. But we like simple around here. Simple, tasty, pretty, pastured eggs we can eat afterwards. (I even send them in school lunches.)

Therefore, I use hard-boiled eggs for natural egg dying with food, instead of the egg-blow-out method. Not because I’m lazy. Because I’m realistic. I am just picturing so MANY cracked eggs, some major frustration and probably even tears (my tears). So I don’t even bother. Heck, we eat hard-boiled eggs all the time anyway.

My kids and I have been doing this for years. Since they were very little. And they STILL think the entire experience is magical. It kind of is. I love that a deep crimson red is stained to the egg with yellow onion skins. And a gorgeous beautiful blue comes from the outer, unused leaves of a purple cabbage. Nothing beats using these normal, everyday real foods you ALREADY have around to create that magic.

The recipe below is insanely simple. Again…that’s why we love it. Simple. Compost. Pastured eggs. Delicious outcome. Have fun. And print it out for next year 🙂

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  • 1. Place a small pot on the stove, with some water, and your chosen vegetable scrap (see colours choices above). Add 1 Tbsp vinegar + 1 Tbsp salt. (If trying the more intense colours, you'll add your eggs in the with the boiling water.)
  • 2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for at least 30 minutes. Strain. This is your food dye. Pour dye into a jar.
  • 3. If you want a softer colour, add hard-boiled eggs to warm liquid and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • 4. If you want a deeper, more intense colour, boil egg with the vegetable scraps, in the boiling water.
  • 5. I make a variety of both pale and intense coloured eggs.

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