The Daily Meal 4/16/14

Finding Easter eggs during a hunt is only half of the fun. Dyeing, painting, decorating and beautifying the delicate shells are an adventure of their own. Whether hand painted, tye-dyed, or colored with other food (or drink) products, just like snowflakes and their different shapes and various designs, no two are alike!

Click here for 9 Recipes for Naturally 'Dyeing' Easter Eggs

The tradition of painting Paschal eggs (aka Easter eggs) dates back to when households would give up eating eggs in observance of Lent. Fat Tuesday was known to be the last day people were able enjoy dairy and eggs before the celebration of Easter. Sometimes Easter eggs were dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ.

With all of those egregious color tablets and strange kit contents, you may be less than thrilled about getting crafty. The answer to gorgeously colored eggs could be right in your refrigerator. We’ve compiled advice from egg-cellent experts to assist in giving us great recipes for dying Easter egg naturally! They’re more natural and, in many cases, less messy and safe for kids.

Safeway executive chef Jeff Anderson suggests keeping things lighthearted.

”Have fun with this!” Anderson exclaimed. “Pick your favorite produce and experiment with formulas to create different colored eggs. Make sure to pick the freshest fruits and vegetables for better color.”

You can make everyone green with envy by using spinach for a grassy hue. With the help of beets you can tickle your Easter eggs pink! Break out the ingredients (not the eggs), roll up your sleeves, and maybe put on an apron for good measure.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to naturally dye Easter eggs.

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