Natural Food Dye

Makes 4 cups.

Add more of the coloring agent for a deeper hue.

• 1 tbsp. spice or 4 c. chopped fruit or vegetable, or more

• 4 c. water, or more

• 2 tbsp. white vinegar (per 4 c. water)

Combine spice or foodstuff with water and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Eggs can be colored (and cooked) in the dye while it is being prepared. Or they can be hard-cooked in advance, then dipped into the prepared dye (which can be either cold or hot).