Growing up at my house during 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 what they are calling Egg-Turnative. Real eggs are a bit pricey this year so PAAS has ideas for dying pine cones, shells, and even plastic eggs instead.

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs with Hudson Valley Vegetables

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. Dying eggs is fun no matter how many times you have done it in your life. It wasn't until I was grown up and living on my own that I discovered you could dye eggs without a PAAS kit.

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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 make from fruits and veggies some of which are known to stain your clothes and countertops.

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Allrecipes AU NZ via YouTube

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 are thinking you want to skip the PAAS dye this year then you have to try naturally dye eggs.

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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.

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It isn't the easiest way to dye an Easter Egg but it is crafty. They are almost too pretty to eat but you will.

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