20 Apr '11, 12am

Homemade Easter Egg Dyes: By Melissa Breyer, Senior Producer, Care2 Green Living The year the Easter Bunny broug...

Homemade Easter Egg Dyes: By Melissa Breyer, Senior Producer, Care2 Green Living The year the Easter Bunny broug...

The year the Easter Bunny brought my kids organic, all-natural, yogurt-covered raisins didn’t go over very well–but at least my daughters are gung-ho for dying Easter eggs with homemade, plant-based dyes. We rummage and smoosh and boil, and they are amazed and delighted by the colors we create with a bunch of oddball ingredients from the kitchen. They love the messy magic, and my simmering neurosis about synthetic food dyes is quelled. Certified food dyes approved by the FDA include colors synthesized from petroleum derivatives and even coal tar. While some food dyes based on natural ingredients come from things that, although natural, you still may not care to ingest: Have you heard about carminic acid? It is a commonly used red food coloring which comes from the dried, crushed bodies of pregnant female scale insects called cochineal. I have an adventurous palate, but tha...

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