Easter eggs dyed with fresh ingredients like beets (pink), turmeric (yellow), onion skins (ochre) and blueberries (blue) create lovely, subtly hued eggs, naturally. Here’s how …
Suggestions for Making Natural Dyes
Red/pink: Boil a few cut beets in a small pot of water till tender and the cooking liquid turns a deep pink. Pour liquid into a small bowl. Save the beets for a snack!
Blue: Put a few red cabbage leaves in a small pot with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil till the cooking liquid turns a deep blue. Pour liquid into a bowl.
Gold: Mix 1 heaping tablespoon of turmeric with ½ cup water in a measuring cup. Stir to blend.
More colors recipes here.
Coloring Your Eggs
Boil eggs; remove from hot water and cool slightly.
Rub shells with white vinegar to help the shell take up the dye.
Place eggs in deep cups with the natural dyes and let sit for several minutes – longer for deeper color saturation.
Blot eggs dry with a paper towel and arrange on a festive plate or within a basket.
Note: Some produce will provide “stronger” dyes than others. It’s ok to leave eggs in the dyes for a couple hours or overnight if you’re not getting the depth of color you desire.
Yes, you can dye brown eggs! Natural dyes work beautifully with organic brown eggs, creating rich, muted colors.
Some content courtesy of Organic Valley.