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How To Dye Easter Eggs With Natural Ingredients

By Patty Wetli | March 27, 2015 5:34am | Updated on March 23, 2016 2:26pm

LINCOLN SQUARE — There's "food" coloring and then there's food coloring.

One comes in a bottle, the other is made from, you know, food.

If you're planning on coloring Easter eggs this year, we found an new twist on the chemical dye job: Make your own tints out of fruits and vegetables.

You can color your Easter egg with dyes made from fruits, vegetables and spices. Facebook/Your Homebased Mom

Actually, vegetable dyes aren't so much a new twist as they are a return to a traditional technique that dates back to the Stone Age but got kicked to the curb when synthetics were invented.

If the process seems intimidating, check out the blog "Your Homebased Mom," where you'll find simple step-by-step instructions on how to turn blueberries, cabbage, beets, onion skins, paprika and more into dyes. Basically if you can boil water, you too can be a colorist.

Reporter Patty Wetli talks about do it yourself peeps and naturally colored Easter eggs.

Admittedly homemade dyes require a little more preparation and planning than using pre-packaged kits but the results are beautifully muted anti-Peep hues actually found in nature.

Easter is Sunday, March 27.

Turn blueberries, cabbage, beets, onion skins, paprika and more into dyes. Facebook/Your Homebased Mom

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