How To Dye Easter Eggs With Unexpected Hudson Valley Food
Going up in my house at Easter we had an annual egg dying event each year. My mom would get a group together usually the Wednesday or Thursday of Easter week and make a party out of us getting eggs ready for the easter bunny. We never did them too early because my mom was always worried the eggs would spoil before she could turn them into her yummy egg salad or deviled eggs.
Like most kids who grew up in the 60s and 70s dying eggs was all about the PAAS Egg Dye Kits. PAAS is the gold standard when it comes to dying eggs with kids. This year's line of PAAS dyes includes Dino Eggs, Forrest Friends even Pirates and Mermaids. I have many a memory of plastic cups all over the counter with the wire egg holders being used to drop n then fish out a brightly colored egg.
PAAS Egg Dying Kits for Easter 2022
It wasn't until I was grown up and living on my own that I discovered you could dye eggs without a PAAS kit. I believe it was an issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine that first introduced me to the idea that you could make Easter Eggs with natural dye. In other words dyes, you made from fruits and veggies some of which are known to stain your clothes and countertops.
If you have never tried this method of egg dying let me start by saying it is fun and you definitely get a feeling of accomplishment. If you think PAAS dye is a process you probably don't want to try naturally dye eggs. But if you are ready to try it and you aren't going to be sad if you don't end up with those bright pastel colors then the 2 videos below are great resources to get you started.
Dying Easter Eggs Naturally with Items from A Hudson Valley Farm Market
I bet you are thinking beets make the best dye but you may be surprised at some of the others that work better like red cabbage. After watching this video I am sure you will want to try other fruits and veggies just to see what color they make.
Everything they used in this video can be found at your favorite Hudson Valley farm market or your local grocery. If you didn't watch the video spoiler alert, who knew that brown onion skins would make burgundy or deep red.
Add Some Nature Designs with Hudson Valley Flowers and Leaves
It isn't the easiest way to dye an Easter Egg but it is crafty. They are almost to pretty to eat but you will.