It’s that time of year to dye ‘em, hide ‘em and find ‘em.

Transforming ordinary eggs into dozens of colorful springtime hues is a fun springtime activity.

You can create your own natural dyes for coloring eggs by using common foods, such as fruits, vegetables, spices, tea or coffee. Dyeing eggs with natural dyes is a longer process and might require soaking eggs in color for several hours to develop darker colors. Although a longer wait, the fun is watching colorful eggs develop from dyes you have created from foods found right in your kitchen.

One of the easiest methods is to use foods that are ready-to-dye in their natural form to create colors, such as canned blueberries or cherries. Steps to use natural ready-to-dye colors are: pour dye mixture into bowl or jar that will allow dye to completely cover egg, add 1 to 2 teaspoons white vinegar, add boiled egg that has been cooled, let eggs remain in dye in refrigerator until desired color. Soak eggs longer for deeper colors.

Dry dyed eggs in an empty egg carton in the refrigerator. Natural dyed eggs will not be glossy. Once eggs have dried, give eggs a shine by rubbing with a small amount of vegetable oil.

Refer to the chart below for ready-to-dye colors. Or use your imagination to create your own colorful dye:

Purple: Grape juice or red wine

Blue: Canned blueberries

Pink: Canned beet juice or cranberry juice

Red: Canned cherries or dark red fruit juice such as pomegranate

Brown: Strong coffee

Yellow: Strong green tea

For food safety reasons, eggs should not be eaten as they set at room temperature too long.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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