Our Pharmacies Now Carry Pet Medications!

Our pharmacies now carry pet medications! Pets are important members of the family and now our pharmacies can help with your pet medication needs.

We have everything your pet needs from flea and tick medications, both prescription and over the counter, as well as heart worm prevention, pain/inflammation medication, and thyroid medications. Did you know that many pet medications are the same as those used for humans? We carry a lot of these items every day and have access to order many more.

Wondering what Flea and tick options are available for your pet? Looking for prescription or over the counter products? Here is a guide to few of the ones we carry.

Seresto collar: The Seresto collar works for 8 months and no prescription is needed. It repels and kills fleas and ticks on contact. The flea or tick doesn’t need to bite your pet for the medication to work. It comes in three sizes, cat, small dog (0-18 lbs), and large dog (18+ lbs). Seresto collars are water proof if your pet takes 1 bath or swim each month.1

Bravecto: Bravecto is a prescription chew that only need to be given every 3 months. It kills 99% of fleas and ticks within 24 hours.2

  When shopping for your pets in the over the counter area, beware of common over the counter products that are used in humans. Some of these products are toxic to your pet.  NSAIDs (Ibuprofen and naproxen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are highly toxic in both cats and dogs. Some allergy medications such as Benadryl, Claritin and Zyrtec are considered safe in dogs but can cause drowsiness. Always consult your veterinarian before starting any over the counter therapy for your pets.3

Another ingredient to watch out for if you are selecting an over the counter medication for your dog is Xylitol. Xylitol is a natural substance that is used as a common sugar substitute because of its low glycemic index. This substance is also found in many OTC products including but not limiting to cough syrups, digestive aids, vitamins, supplements and allergy medicines. It is also commonly found in sugar free gum. Most pieces of gum contain 1 gram, so only 9 pieces are toxic to most dogs. Very low doses of this substance can harm your dog and can cause hypoglycemia, liver failure and seizures. If you believe your pet has ingested this substance, it’s always best to call the Pet Poison Helpline (1-800-213-6680).

    So whether you are looking for a prescription item or an over the counter product, visit your local Market 32 or Price Chopper Pharmacy and let our Pharmacist take care of it for you.

Written by Sara Wingate, Price Chopper Pharmacy Intern

 

References:

  1. https://www.petbasics.com/dog-products/seresto-for-dogs/?pref=dog
  2. https://us.bravecto.com/for-dogs
  3. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/career/2015/pharmacycareers_august2015/veterinary-medicine-in-community-pharmacy

by Maureen Rowan Murphy, Manager Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles

After a long winter and a cool, wet spring, everyone is more than ready for outdoor picnics and barbecues. While these temperatures are ideal for that, they also provide a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to multiply rapidly and cause foodborne illness.

You can help prevent harmful bacteria from making your family sick by avoiding the “Danger Zone” and following the “Core Four”.

The Danger Zone: Temperature range between 40°F and 140°F

Keep food out of this range as foodborne bacteria can grow rapidly to dangerous levels that can result in illness

  1.  Always keep cold food COLD, at or below 40°F, in coolers or in containers with ice or frozen gel packs
  2. Keep hot foods HOT, at or above 140°F, on the grill or in insulated containers, heated chafing dishes, warming trays or slow cookers
  3. Reheat foods to 165°F

The Core Four

• Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often

  1. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food
  2. Clean kitchen surfaces, dishes and utensils with hot water and soap

• Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate

  1. Have one cutting board for produce and another one for meat, poultry and seafood
  2. Use separate plates and utensils for raw and cooked foods
  3. Wash plates, utensils, and cutting boards that held raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs before reusing
  4. Marinate in the refrigerator and not on the counter keeping raw meat/poultry separate from any veggies you might be using
  5. If you plan to reuse the marinade as a sauce be sure to boil it first to destroy any harmful bacteria or make extra to set aside before adding raw meat/poultry

• Cook: Cook to safe internal temperatures

  1. Use a food thermometer to ensure food is thoroughly cooked
  2. Use this chart to determine

http://www.fightbac.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PFSE-7696-cooking-chart_FINAL.pdf

• Chill: Refrigerate promptly

  1. Refrigerate perishable food within one hour in hot weather (above 90°F) and within two hours if temperatures are below 90°F
  2. Place leftover foods in shallow containers for quick cooling
Never taste foods you think might be unsafe.  Most food poisoning bacteria are tasteless, colorless, and odorless.  When in doubt, throw it out!

June – Warm Weather & Summer Yum…

Written by Jodi Fitz

At the Price Chopper/Market 32 Kids Cooking Club, we are ready for warm weather recipes and a whole lot of summer yum!

What’s on the Menu?

Fruity Toast Fun

Check out how blueberries and strawberries become a squid swimming on cinnamon raising toast.

¼ cup fresh blueberries

2 large strawberries

1 tablespoon PICS honey

1/8 cup PICS cream cheese

1 slice cinnamon raisin bread

Candy eyes

Wash the blueberries and strawberries, and pat dry.

Place the blueberries and honey in a mini food processor or blender and finely puree them.  Fold the blueberry mixture into the cream cheese to create a colorful and tasty spread.

Cut the green stem off the two strawberries.  Slice one of the strawberries into thin slices. 

Toast the bread.

Spread the blueberry cream cheese on top.

Place the sliced strawberries in a circle on the toast to create squid legs.  Place the large whole strawberry on top.  Spread a tiny amount of cream cheese onto the back of the candy eyes and place them onto the strawberry.

Toast:  You can use honey wheat or any other favorite bread too.

Did You Know there are an average of 200 seeds on the outside of each strawberry?

Frozen Blueberry Limeade

Ready to cool things down, but keep it fresh?  Check out this delicious frozen mix that will be a summer ‘flav fav’.

4 cups ice

2 cups water

½ cup PICS honey

½ cup fresh or PICS frozen blueberries

¼ cup lime juice, fresh squeezed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add the ice, water, honey, frozen blueberries, lime juice and vanilla extract into a blender.  Blend the mixture thoroughly and serve.

How Many Limes?  You will need approximately 2 limes to yield ¼ cup of lime juice.

Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice:  Cut each lime in half.  Squeeze the juice into a measuring cup either by hand or by using a citrus juicer.

Did You Know American Colonists boiled blueberries with milk to create grey paint?

Ice Cream Cake for Father’s Day

Dessert for father’s day is on!  Ice Cream cake is almost always the birthday/celebratory dessert at our house.  Here’s all the how-to’s to make your own ice cream cake at home. 

1.5 quart container PICS chocolate and vanilla ice cream

2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs

¼ cup chocolate syrup

1.5 quart container PICS peanut butter explosion ice cream

PICS whipped cream (aerosol spray can)

9” springform pan

When making an ice cream cake, remove the ice cream that will be the base flavor from the freezer 10-15 minutes before beginning the cake making process.  For this cake, it will be the chocolate and vanilla.  Spoon the entire container into the springform pan, spreading evenly for a smooth surface, and place pan in the freezer for an hour.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and chocolate syrup.  Spread mixture evenly onto the layer of frozen ice cream.  Place the cake back into the freezer for an hour.

Remove the top flavor of ice cream 10-15 minutes before adding to the cake.  For this cake, we are using PICS peanut butter explosion ice cream.  Spread the entire container on top of the cookie layer, and place the cake back in the freezer overnight. 

Using a sharp knife dipped in hot water, run it around the inside of the springform pan.  Unhook the springform pan, and carefully lift from cake.

Frost the cake with dots of whipped cream using the spray whipped cream approximately and hour or two before serving.  Place the cake back in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Crushed Cookies:  You can often find crushed cookies in the baking aisle at your Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarkets.  You can also make your own by purchasing your favorite chocolate cookies and crushing them in a mini food processor.

Lesson for Kids in the Kitchen This Month:

  • Measuring
  • Blending
  • Knife safety skills
  • Combining fresh ingredients
  • Using fresh fruit in recipes
  • List making
  • Shopping for ingredients
  • Crafting with food

Where you can find Jodie this month…

I’ll be out in the community and schools cooking up some fun, and here’s where you can see me this month:

June 29th

11am – 2pm   

Grilling and Sampling Event

Warwick Price Chopper

142 State Highway 94

Warwick, NY

This event is open to families. 

The Kids Cooking Club is visiting the following schools this month:

Schuylerville Elementary School – Schuylerville, NY

Rensselaer Park Elementary School – Rensselaer, NY

Glen Worden Elementary School – Scotia, NY

If you would The Kids Cooking Club to visit your school or event please email me at jfitzcooking@yahoo.com

June is National Dairy Month

Yummy hamburger with Finlania Cheddar & Gruyere cheese

June is National Dairy Month, a time when we recognize all of the contributions to the delicious and nutritious food dairy farmers bring to our tables. Fan favorite? Cheeese please! Data from 2017 shows Americans eat about 35 pounds of cheese per year!

Finlandia Cheese

Finlandia Cheese is premium imported cheese with a heritage that goes back over 110 years. You already know the great flavor and quality of Finlandia cheeses. Price Chopper and Market 32 stores have been offering Finlandia cheese to customers sliced to order for years. To ensure you can enjoy them anytime, Finlandia created the premium grab-n-go option of pre-sliced varieties – find them in the deli section of your local Price Chopper/Market32!

Each 7 oz package contains 10 slices, and each slice is separated with paper to ensure you can easily choose one or more for your sandwich, omelet, cracker or snack! I enjoyed a wonderful omelet, made with grape tomatoes and Finlandia Light Swiss slices, on Mother’s Day – great flavor and easy to work with, said my son, chef for the day!

Bonus – each all-natural slice is a good source of protein and calcium, and all 4 flavors are lactose free. Their classic and innovative new flavors (Swiss, Light Swiss (50% less fat!), Meunster and a very delicious Cheddar-Gruyere)  make it easy to explore and enjoy. The Finlandia farm families hope you enjoy these new pre-sliced items, quick and easy for your busy lifestyle!

June Warms Up for Wellness

June is a great month for wellness! We kick off with the annual celebration of #NationalDairyMonth, highlighting our hard working dairy families and farms, and all of the delicious and nutritious foods made with milk. It is also Men’s Health month. Let us encourage men everywhere to get preventive care. This includes annual physicals and screenings, and making sure healthy eating and medication management is a priority.

Price Chopper and Market 32 Pharmacies have a great offer on Ocean Blue Omega 3 supplements. For those interested in supporting heart and brain health – check it outhttps://pricechopperblog.com/oceanblue-omega-3

Family Health and Fitness

Get out and walk on a trail on June 8th, Family Health and Fitness Day. Or go to a baseball game to play or just cheer on your favorite team! June is also Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month – we have so many ways for you to enjoy fresh produce, you can try something new every day! Add beauty to your garden and reap the mental health benefits of being active outdoors with the wonderful variety of plants and seeds in the floral department. Finally, get grilling with the wonderful variety of kabobs in the Meat case, they make it easy to enjoy a light and delicious meal. There are so many ways to activate and enjoy wellness in June.

Welcome Summer!

Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The health and wellness community has for years touted the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. These benefits range from cardiovascular health, cholesterol reduction, anti-inflammatory properties to improved brain function. These benefits created consumer demand, and the industry responded by marketing omega-3 in everything from gummy vitamins to yogurt, and even in supplements for our four-legged friends.

However, current conversation in the vitamins and supplements space is that of transparency: specifically, whether all manufacturers are making it clear for consumers to understand what they’re getting, where they’re getting it from – and if it will deliver in optimizing your health. In other words: how do you know if you’re picking the right supplement?

As far as omega-3 goes, there are a few components that will help you gauge the quality of your supplement. It is not a coincidence that these are also at the heart of what makes Oceanblue different, and at the core of entire range of omega-3 products.

Here’s a checklist below:

Identify Your Daily Dosage

Each desired health benefit – whether cardiovascular health, decreased inflammation, or improved brain function – requires a different daily dose of omega-3. GOED-the global organization for EPA & DHA omega-3s – offers the following intake recommendations for three key benefits. Once you’ve identified how much omega-3 you require daily in order to achieve your desired benefit, you’re in a better position to narrow your search.

Evaluate Dose Per Capsule (Concentration)

According to GEOD, seafood is the primary source of EPA and DHA in the diet. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend two servings of fatty fish per week to deliver the recommended amount of omega-3s your body needs to support cardiovascular health. For pregnant and lactating women, that recommended dosage about doubles. And for general health, we’re looking at more than 1g (vs. mg) of Omega-3 EPA+DHA per day. That’s a lot of salmon and other natural sources – daily.

Which brings us to the benefit of supplements. It will be challenging for most people to consume sufficient cold-water, fatty fish (or other omega-3 food sources) to reach the minimum recommended daily dosage, so supplements make sense. Your task then becomes evaluating a supplement that delivers that dose as efficiently as possible. The higher quality the Omega-3 and the stronger its concentration, the fewer capsules you’ll need to swallow daily.

1 soft gel daily of a high-quality supplement like Oceanblue Omega-3 2100 will deliver 1,050mg of omega-3 fatty acids (675mg EPA/ 300mg DHA/ 75mg DPA). These supplements are sourced from wild-caught anchovies and sardines with zero to low mercury exposure off the Peruvian coast. In case you’re running the calculations, that’s more than twice GOED’s daily recommendation to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Research the Source of Omega-3 Oil(type of fish and geography)

The type of fish your Omega-3 supplement is sourced from – as well as the geography (or farm) from which it is sourced from – should be clearly labeled on your supplement, to afford you the opportunity to research potential contamination levels in those waters, sustainability practices, and other guildlines.

Ocean Blue sources the anchovies from the coast of Peru, where very cold waters are known to possess no to extremely low contaminants. Peru’s anchovies in particular have very high Omega-3 content. This is thanks to a strong current that delivers nutrients directly into their feeding zone. The fishery employs conservative measures to protect the bio-source, and to ensure the sustainability of this natural resource. Your research should ideally lead you to responsible manufacturers and suppliers.

Stay the Course

Once you’ve selected the right omega-3 supplement for your dosage requirement, the reality is that it will only benefit you if you take it consistently. If it requires 4 daily capsules to achieve that dose, you should take those 4 capsules at the same times daily – and not just for 4-6 weeks (we’re talking long-term here). For this reason, we recommend selecting a high-quality and high-potency omega-3 supplement like Oceanblue Omega-3 2100. Taking 1 to 2 capsules a day for 6 years will be a far easier and more sustainable habit to form than taking 4 or 6 daily.

Look for Oceanblue Omega-3 at your local Price Chopper/Market32 store!

  • Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN  Senior Nutritionist

Mom is Always Right

“Eat your vegetables!” “Get plenty of sleep!” “Get outside for some fresh air and exercise!” “Stop and smell the roses!”…..I am pretty sure your Mom shared at least one of these pearls of wisdom sometime in your life. What I have also heard from so many moms is they are so busy taking care of everyone else, they have a tough time taking time for themselves! Mother’s Day, May 12th, kicks off National Women’s Health week. It would be exciting to see Moms of all ages consider one small change they could make that would improve their own health, literally teaching their children well. One of the best gifts for Mom is knowing her family is healthy and happy. Check out some of the ways we can help you and your family make those “Mom-isms” come to life right at Price Chopper and Market 32!

 

  • Eat your veggies (and fruit!)  – Sooo many ways to enjoy more produce – like these Thai Shrimp Stuffed Avocados on our YouTube channel!  The amazing range of choices in the Produce department will inspire you! Need a Mother’s Day idea? How about a yummy fresh fruit cup for breakfast, or a beautiful fruit salad for brunch!
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  • Go outside and exercise – with the new ear buds for your walking play list on your phone! Find them in general merchandise.
  • Get some sleep – Put together a basket of lovely herbal decaf teas to help Mom dial back stress and promote refreshing sleep! Add a surprise gift card or two!
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  • Flowers for Mom –Bring the outside in, enjoy the aromatherapy of smelling those roses, fresh scents and beautiful colors of fresh flowers. Kids can make their own bouquets for Mom on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM!
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  • Plant the idea of better health with an indoor plant, a new plant for your garden, or growing some herbs on your windowsill. Our Floral team has plants and seeds galore in the store!
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

Mediterranean Diet

May is Mediterranean Diet month, and a wonderful time to embrace beautiful, delicious food and all of the health benefits it can bring you. In January, a panel of health and nutrition experts ranked the Mediterranean diet as the best diet overall for 2019. What does that really mean? The basic ranking is based on how easy it is to follow, how well it meets nutrition needs for the total general population (including you!), its ability to promote short and long-term weight loss, and its usefulness for preventing and managing heart disease and diabetes. This luscious lifestyle can also help protect you from aging issues like Alzheimer’s. Is it magic? Not really, but it is very powerful stuff to realize that following some basic food practices can have such a big, positive impact on health, length and quality of your life.

The Basics

  • Eat seafood, preferably high in omega 3’s, twice per week.
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  • Eat lots of produce – fresh, frozen, canned, dried – even a small glass of 100% juice each day counts as a fruit serving! Beans and legumes are also fundamental in this veggie-rich eating style.
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  • Nuts, avocados and olive oil are key players – particularly walnuts. A few each day have been shown to be powerfully protective, and they are also a great snack.
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  • Enjoy a small glass of red wine – if you are of age, of course! Deep purple concord grape juice can be the stunt double for wine, if needed.
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  • Whole grains – 3 to 6 (1 ounce) servings per day. Your typical slice of bread is about 1 ounce – check ingredients to make sure it is a source of whole grain.
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  • Delicious dairy – low fat milk, traditional and Greek yogurt with little or no added sugars are the best choices, but cheese is certainly included and enjoyed – we love the calcium and protein it brings to this lifestyle.
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  • Small quantities of lean meats and eggs are encouraged – emphasis in this lifestyle is on plants, but enjoying some lean meats and poultry is a perfect complement to many meals and snacks.
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  • Occasional sweets, like smooth dark chocolate, are the perfect indulgence for Mediterranean menus.

Feel like this might be a lot to change? Take it one step (and delicious plate), at a time. We have everything in our stores you need to make this easy, fresh and affordable lifestyle come to life. Enjoy!  

Welcome May…

Guest Contributor-Jodie Fitz

At the Price Chopper/Market 32 Kids Cooking Club, we are excited about Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and overall food fun!

What’s on the Menu?

Baked Chicken Taquitos

I just love these baked chicken taquitos, and did you know that taquito means small taco in Spanish. There are so many lessons in the kitchen for the kiddos with this recipe, and it’s a great way to get them involved in making dinner or a delicious appetizer.

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs

14.5 oz. chicken broth

2 tablespoons finely chopped onions

1 clove minced garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

¾ teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon white pepper

Corn tortillas

PICS Shredded Mexican cheese blend

Place the chicken thighs into the crock-pot.  Stir the chicken broth, onions, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and white pepper together.  Pour the liquid and spices over the chicken.  Cook in the crockpot on high for 4 hours.

Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred using two forks or a food processor.  

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  

Place the corn tortillas on a microwave safe plate with a damp paper towel in between each.  Place in the microwave on high for one minute to warm.

Spread a thin layer of chicken onto each corn tortilla.  Top with a little shredded cheese.  Roll tortillas up and place on a non-stick lightly greased baking sheet; insert a toothpick* into the center of each to hold together.  Lightly baste with canola oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray; bake until crunchy, approximately 10–12 minutes.

Serve with tomato salsa, verde salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream for your dipping delight.  

* Do not use rainbow/colored toothpicks.

Fruit on Salad with Citrus Dressing

Mom will thoroughly enjoy this delicious salad on Mother’s Day.  It’s a great recipe to teach children how to properly prep fruit. 

5 oz. container spring mix salad greens

½ cup finely chopped PICS pecans (optional)

1 cup diced fresh pineapple

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

1 cup fresh blueberries, washed

Place half of the greens in a bowl and top with ¼ cup pecans, ½ cup pineapple, ½ cup strawberries and ½ cup blueberries.  Add remaining greens followed by the remaining fruit; top with remaining pecans. Serve with Citrus Dressing (recipe follows).

Citrus Dressing:

1 naval orange

¼ cup white wine vinegar

½ cup PICS olive oil

1 tablespoon PICS honey

½ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon PICS garlic powder

Cut the orange in half.  Squeeze the juice from the orange; it should yield ¼ cup.

Whisk the freshly squeezed orange juice together with the vinegar, oil, honey, onion powder, salt and garlic powder.

Drizzle dressing lightly over the salad.  Refrigerate leftover dressing..

Maple Ice Cream

YUM!  This recipe is easy to make and a scrumptious dessert.  I’ve also included all of the ‘how-to s’ for making a delicious edible bowl.

1 cup PICS whipping cream

¼ cup PICS maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

14 oz. sweetened condensed milk

Beat together the whipping cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract until i stiff like a whipped cream.  Fold in the sweetened condensed milk.  Freeze the ice cream in the freezer overnight.

Phyllo Cups

PICS canola oil

Muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cut the layered phyllo dough into 2 inch x 4 inch strips.  You will need three to four of the cut layered strips for each muffin shell.

Lightly baste the muffin tin cups with oil.  Lay the strips into each cup by crisscrossing them to fill and form a phyllo cup.  Baste the phyllo cups lightly with oil.

Bake for 5- 7 minutes; until lightly browned.  Let cool.  Place a scoop of maple ice cream into each phyllo cup.

Garnish:  The maple ice cream is delicious all on its own, but you can drizzle with some maple syrup and top with fresh blueberries for an extra special flavor.

Look for Jodie this May…..

I’ll be out in the community and schools cooking up some fun, and here’s where you can see me this month:

May 5th

Clifton Park/Halfmoon Cinco de Mayo Celebration

11:00 am

YMCA

1 Wall St.

Clifton Park, NY

May 11th

11am – 2pm   

Saratoga YMCA Healthy Kids Day

290 West Ave.

Saratoga Springs, NY

This event is open to families. 

The Kids Cooking Club is visiting the following schools this month:

A.W. Becker Elementary School – Ravena, NY

Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology Elementary School – Albany, NY

Saddlewood Elementary School Visit – Albany, NY

If you would The Kids Cooking Club to visit your school or event please email me at jfitzcooking@yahoo.com

Jodie Fitz

Creating natural dyed eggs is a no brainer! They are safe, fun to make and produce little waste! These simple recipes call for household ingredients like fruit and vegetables.

 
 

For each dye: Let simmer for 30 minutes, and then remove pot from burner. Be sure to strain the dye, and let sit until it’s room temperature before dipping your eggs. It is helpful to use foil pans to transfer the hot liquid so you can let them cool while reusing the pots for other dyes. For best results, keep the eggs soaking overnight for vibrant colors! We used wide mouth mason jars to hold the eggs, and it is best to keep them in the refrigerator overnight for vibrant colors!

 
 

Colors:

 
 

Bluish-Gray Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature and remove blueberries. Add 2 Tbsp. salt and 2 Tbsp. Vinegar. If you want a deeper blue, you can smash the blueberries and leave them in the jar with the eggs. It also gives it a fun texture!

 
 

Blue  Cut a head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and 2 Tbsp. salt. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

 
 

Green Boil three cups of fresh spinach in 2 cups of water. Boil and strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar and 2 Tbsp. salt

 
 

Orange  Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes or until you see color; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar and 2 Tbsp. salt.

 
 

Yellow  2 Tbsp. turmeric to 1 cup of water, bring to a boil. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar and 2 Tbsp. salt. You can also use 2 Tbsp. of saffron for a deeper yellow.

 
 

Brown Add 3 tablespoons of instant coffee to 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 2 tbsp of vinegar.

 
 

Pink  Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and 2 Tbsp. salt. Strain out beets and cool.

 
 

Light Purple Mix 2 cups grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar. (You can use the grape juice cold, skipping the boiling step)

 
 

Tips:

 
 
  • The addition of vinegar and salt helps to set the color so be sure to add those to the other ingredients of your choosing
 
 
  • You can also rub coconut or olive oil on the eggs after removing from the dye to enhance the color and help them shine!
 
 
  • For different textures and patterns, you can cut up different fresh herbs or flowers and place them on old nylon stockings that have been cut into small squares. Place the egg on top and wrap the nylon around it, tying it tight with a twist tie or rubber band. Soak overnight and remove the herbs to reveal the beautiful patterns! Check out our Pinterest page for inspiration!