Natural egg dye a great way to color eggs |

Natural egg dye a great way to color eggs

Lisa Welch / Provided to the Tribune

It’s time to dye eggs before Sunday. This year why not try the natural method? If you look in your cupboard, pantry and freezer I’ll bet you can find lots of ingredients. I found red cabbage (which will produce a blue egg) red wine, coffee, a few large yellow onions and some frozen spinach. Oh yeah, and where I keep my spices I found a large container of turmeric.

One thing that is cool about using natural ingredients is you have to cook them to get color so I like to just cook the egg in the mixture from the start. We are using a larger sauce pan and adding water to our natural ingredient to get the color and three or four eggs in the mixture for about fifteen minutes on low in our special recipe. Don’t forget to add a little bit of white vinegar to help the color absorb. There always seem to be a few eggs that crack during the process. Oh darn, we’ll just have to eat them. I think we’ll blow a few eggs out this year, too, with a small bicycle hand pump.

Hopefully they will fill up with some of the liquid so they can immerse in the pan. To make them look shiny in your center piece on the table, just rub a little vegetable oil on the shell. I feel like a scientist this time of year.

Then it will be time for me to fill some plastic eggs for me to hide in the yard for Jenee to try and find. First I count out 24 eggs leftover from past years. She doesn’t know this but blue was always the winning egg when I was growing up, so I always put the grand prize in the only one blue egg I hide for her.

With the prices of everything rising so much this year, I guess that means $5 will make its way into the blue egg.

Then Monday she can run in the market for some cheap candy on clearance. Jellybeans do last quite a while. What’s for dinner at our house this year? Ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans out of Grandpa’s garden, rolls and a pineapple upside down cake.

Easter is a fun holiday from a child’s point of view. But, we need to remember its significance from the religious standpoint. Jesus died on the cross for all of us.

As much fun as we have with candy and eggs there is a lot of sorrow in our hearts for the sacrifice He made for all of us. I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend with you family and friends.

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