Easter egg fun for everyone – the natural way!
You don’t need any special egg dyeing kits to get vibrant colored eggs. And all it takes are some ingredients you may even have on hand. If not, a quick trip to your local grocery store or market is all you need.
Fresh farm products like cabbage, onions and beets will turn your eggs beautiful shades of blue, lavender, orange, pink and red! This egg coloring method is environmentally friendly and fun for the whole family.
Here’s what you will need to do it:
- One dozen hard boiled eggs, cooled to room temperature.
- 4 cups of liquid dye made from any of the following:
- 1 cup chopped purple cabbage per one cup of water to make white eggs blue or brown eggs green
- 1 cup red onion skins per one cup of water to make lavender or red eggs
- 1 cup yellow onion skins per one cup of water to turn white eggs orange or brown eggs rusty red
- 1 cup grated beets per one cup of water to color white eggs pink or brown eggs maroon
- 2 tablespoons ground turmeric per one cup of water to make yellow eggs
- 1 bag of red hibiscus tea per one cup of water to make lavender eggs
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar per cup of liquid dye
- vegetable or grapeseed oil to rub on dyed eggs
Here’s how you do it:
Pour the amount of water you need for the dye you're making into a saucepan. You can make 4 separate batches of different colors or 1 large batch of a single color.
Add in the produce, herb or tea ingredients and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15 to 30 minutes. The dye is ready when it reaches a hue a few shades darker than you want for your egg. Test the color by dripping a little bit onto a white dish. When the dye is as dark as you like, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Pour the cooled dye through a fine-mesh strainer into another saucepan. Stir vinegar into the dye.
Arrange the eggs in a single layer in a baking dish or other container and carefully pour the cooled dye over them. Make sure the eggs are completely submerged.
Transfer the eggs in the dye to the refrigerator, and chill until the desired color is reached. Carefully dry the eggs, and then massage a little vegetable or grapeseed oil onto each one. Polish with a paper towel. Store the eggs in the refrigerator until it is time to eat them. Learn more about naturally dyed eggs here: thekitchn.com/how-to-make-vibrant-naturally-dyed-easter-eggs-holiday-projects-from-the-kitchn-112957