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An Egg-cellent Natural Dye That Every Bunny Will Love

Easter is right around the corner, so it’s time to gather up all of your egg dying supplies in anticipation of the arrival of the Easter Bunny.

You don’t need to use harsh, artificial dyes to obtain bright and vibrant colors on your eggs…you can do it the natural way! Natural egg dye is fun and unique, using ingredients such as berries, vegetables and spices. You can create just about any color you want, plus, when you’re finished you can toss your leftover dye in the compost pile!

Ingredients & Tools Needed

  • Natural dye material (Red Onion or Turmeric) For purple use 2 cups Red Onion skins and enough water to cover the skins. For yellow use 2 tablespoons of ground Turmeric and 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
  • Pots for simmering ingredients
  • Mesh strainer
  • Small bowls or mason jars
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Coconut or Olive Oil (optional for adding luster to eggs)

Directions for Making Dye

  • Bring dye matter and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
  • Remove liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
  • Add hardboiled eggs to dye and place in the refrigerator until desired color is reached (best to let sit overnight).
  • If you would like to add a little luster to the egg, rub with a drop or two of Coconut or Olive Oil.

 

About the Author: Matt Rice

Matt Rice

Matt Rice is Oliver's intrepid blogger on all topics related to wine, beer, cider, spirits, and other gourmet products.

 


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To us Local means Sonoma County -- period. Not Marin, not Napa, and definitely not the state of California, as some of our competitors define it.

From the day we opened our doors in 1988, we’ve built our business on the simple premise that the best food and wine in the world are produced here, in Sonoma County. We didn’t feel like we were pioneers at the time, but as people have come to understand and embrace the value of locally grown and made food and the value of shopping locally, we realize we were part of the early days of the movement.

As a Sonoma County business, we’ve built enduring relationships with local growers, makers, and manufacturers, because they make the foods and wines we love. Many of them were getting started when we were. Now they are nationally known, but for us, they are still old friends who often delivered products to our Cotati store in their cars back in the late 1980s.

Along with local products being excellent choices for taste and quality reasons, buying locally also improves our local economy. The dollars you spend at local retailers buying local products support other local businesses and our tax base, too!

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