Dye Job – Easter’s Coming!

I was looking at my Food Network Magazine(April 2011) and found on page 115 a great way to dye Easter eggs with stuff you may have at home.  The article goes onto say…

“This year’s egg-dyeing kit might already be in your pantry: We tried dyeing eggs with ingredients we had on hand – candy, spices, fruit – and ended up with this amazingly colorful half dozen.  To make your own, boil 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar, add your “dye” (12 Now and Later candies, one 7-ounce box of Red Hots, 1 tablespoon Jell-O or Kool-Aid, 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries or 2 tablespoons turmeric) and simmer 15 minutes; strain into a mug for dyeing.  Experiment with ingredients in your own kitchen:  If it’s something that stains your clothes, chances are it’ll work wonders on an egg!”

I made 2 different dyes on Saturday.  One blueberry (on the left) and the other to the right is mixed berries (strawberry, raspberry, & blueberries).  Here’s the proof….

It works!  I left them in the dye for about 20 minutes.  They are lighter than the packaged dyes you will get at the store, but at least you know the ingredients in these dyes!  I was thinking about maybe trying beets.  What are your ideas?

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