Be creative this year and have some fun when coloring your Easter eggs.
Place eggs in a large pan.
Fill pan with water so its1/2 inch over the eggs
Add 2 tsp vinegar do not use when coloring with onion skins as it will offer the egg more of a brownish color
add 1/2 tsp alum to the water this will bring a richness to the color
Add the natural dye, it is better to use a larger amount of the dye to get the desired color
Bring water to boil and then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes
Using a strainer remove the eggs place in bowl and cover with paper towel.
If eggs aren't the shade you desired and wish it was a bit darker remove the paper towel from the bowl and add the cooled strained liquid
Let sit over night this may make the egg shells weak so be sure to carefully remove the eggs and let air dry so that the shells will harden again.
for a glossy look rub with vegetable oil
Red/Pink: Fresh beets, canned cherries or frozen, crushed cranberries (not cranberry sauce or jelly) Orange: yellow onion skins
Light Yellow: lemon peels, orange peels or ground cumin
Golden yellow: Ground Tumeric (a kind of spice)
Light Green Spinach
Blue: Red cabbage leaves or blueberries (crushed) - Pre-boil red cabbage leaves for 30 minutes.
Purple: Grape juice (Welches)