FOOD

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Color your eggs the safe and easy way with onion skins, red cabbage, blueberries, beets and turmeric.

FOOD

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Color your eggs the safe and easy way with onion skins, red cabbage, blueberries, beets and turmeric.

Ingredients

  • Yellow onion skins
  • Raw eggs
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Steps

  1. Wrap onion skins around raw eggs, covering the entire egg. Wrap tightly with cheesecloth, gather ends, and secure with string.
  2. Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a small pot set over medium-high heat. Gently place prepared eggs in pot, and boil 30 minutes.
  3. Remove eggs and let cool. Unwrap cheesecloth and onion skins and let dry.

Ingredients

  • Leaves or flowers (thyme, parsley, etc.)
  • Raw eggs
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Steps

  1. Place leaf directly on the eggshells. Wrap carefully with cheesecloth, gather ends, and secure with string.
  2. Bring wine and vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Gently place prepared eggs in pot, and boil 10-25 minutes. (The color of the egg will vary based on time spent in dye.)
  3. Remove eggs and let cool. Unwrap cheesecloth, peel off leaves, and let dry.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Steps

  1. Bring blueberries and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Let simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Take off heat, stir in vinegar, and place eggs in pot. Let steep 10-60 minutes. (Color will vary based on time spent in dye.)
  3. Remove eggs and let dry.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head large red cabbage, sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Steps

  1. Bring cabbage and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Let simmer 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in vinegar, and place eggs in pot. Let steep anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours, or overnight. (Color will vary based on time spent in dye.)
  3. Remove eggs and let dry.

Ingredients

  • 2 large beets, sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Steps

  1. Bring beets and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Let simmer 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in vinegar, and place eggs in pot. Let steep anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour. (Color will vary based on time spent in dye.)
  3. Remove eggs and let dry.

Ingredients

  • Raw eggs
  • Rice
  • 4 tablespoons turmeric powder
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Steps

  1. Place eggs and a couple teaspoons of grains of rice together on a large square of cheesecloth. Gather ends and wrap tightly around egg, making sure rice is distributed around the surface of the egg. Secure with a string.
  2. In a small pot set over medium heat, whisk together turmeric, water and vinegar. Bring to a boil and gently place prepared eggs in pot. Let simmer 15-30 minutes. (The color of the egg will vary based on time spent in dye.)
  3. Remove eggs and let cool. Unwrap cheesecloth, scrape off rice, and let dry.