Aren’t these naturally colored eggs brilliantly gorgeous?
I remember how exciting it was to draw on hard-boiled eggs with a crayon, drop them into a mug full of colored water, and pull them out ten minutes later to find my artwork intact and the egg bright with color.
I think all the food coloring gave my mom’s nerves a run for their money. She always had us change into old clothes and layered our kitchen counter tops with newspaper. I can’t blame her.
Years and years later (I won’t admit to how long…) we don’t look at food color the same way. When I was a kid, there wasn’t any talk about Red Food Dye #40 and links to behavioral problems. Nor was there talk of artificial food dye being harmful to our health.
Thankfully there is a solution!
And, today you can find quality natural food coloring.
I used the Rainbow Pack from Nature’s Flavours. It comes in 5 colors – red, yellow, orange, green, and blue. The ingredients are all natural and the color is more concentrated than the other natural food dyes I’ve tried.
Nature’s Flavours is sponsoring a giveaway for SS&GF readers until 3/26/13. Check it out here.
And, they’ve put together a video to show you how they color eggs. I love the speckles eggs!
I’ve shared my method, which is slightly different than the one used by Nature’s Flavours. The results are bright either way. And, it feels so good knowing that the eggs are colored with natural dye.
Are you coloring eggs this year? Have you tried to go the natural route? What was the result?
- distilled white vinegar
- natural food coloring (I used Nature's Flavours)
- hard boiled eggs, as many as desired
- Combine ½ - ¾ cup water with one tablespoon vinegar for each color you'd like to dye the eggs. I used one- and two-cup glass measuring cups. I needed more water for the larger measuring cups.
- Add as many drops of food coloring as needed to create the color desired.
- Gently drop one hard boiled egg at at time into the colored water.
- Allow to sit for 10 minutes or until eggs reach the desired color intensity.
- Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to dry.
- Store in the refrigerator.