The Friday List: Natural Easter Eggs
While driving the other day, I heard this is the earliest Easter in 95 years.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
Since it just doesn’t feel like Easter this early, I’m seriously considering a picnic and kites at the beach instead of the usual ham-centered brunch. Of course, the girls can’t wait for the mess and magic of coloring eggs tomorrow as usual, no matter how we end up celebrating on Sunday.
And about those eggs.
Somehow, despite throwing out the commercial cleaning products and the preservative-filled packaged foods over these asthma-ridden years, I’ve never given up the Easter egg dye.
I mean to. Every year I pick up one of those Paas kits, the girls slosh artificial pink and purple and yellow and green all over a dozen hard-boiled eggs, and then—guilt-ridden over the waste—I dump them all in the garbage Easter evening because I don’t want them eating all that dye.
Finally, this year I’m trying the more natural method. Since some of your kids have food allergies, triggers, and intolerances I figured you might be interested, too. Today’s list is for Easter egg colors you can (apparently) make from fruits, vegetables and juices. The process follows.
Raspberries, beets, or cranberries
Cranberry or red grape juice
Purple grape juice
Carrots or carrot peels
Yellow onion skins
And the process:
1. Hard boil the eggs and store them in the refrigerator while you make the dyes.
2. For each color, cook the appropriate chopped fruits or vegetables and a couple of tablespoons of vinegar in a quart or so of water until you like the color. (You can use the juices just as they are, with no prep work except adding the vinegar.)
3. Strain the fruit and vegetables out, and cool the dyes.
4. Dip the eggs in each color as you normally do, but for stronger colors (like with commercial dyes) you’ll probably have to let the eggs soak in a color bath in the refrigerator.
I really don’t know how these will turn out. My reading tells me natural dyes are more subtle than artificial ones, so tomorrow could find the girls staring at their pale, loser eggs and wondering why they can’t just have a normal mother rather than one who takes the long way around.
On the other hand, making our own dyes gives them enormous potential for mess and mad-scientist experimentation with foods and color, always a plus for kids.
Tomorrow’s either going to be wildly successful or utterly disappointing.