Did you know you can dye Easter eggs using all natural ingredients that you could probably find in your kitchen? Yup. Vegetables, fruits, herbs and juices are perfect for coloring eggs.
I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of synthetic dyes in close contact with my food. I mean, that vibrant blue egg isn’t exactly appetizing when you crack it open and discover the egg itself is partially colored too.
If you use natural dyes, the inside of your eggs will be completely uncolored – so much more appetizing.
Try using any of these all natural dyes:
- 3+ tablespoons turmeric –> yellowish orange
- 3-4 tablespoons paprika –> soft orange-ish pink
- 4 cups, chopped cabbage, boiled in water and vinegar –> robin’s egg blue
- 2 cups grape juice to 2 cups water, plus 2 tablespoons vinegar –> dark grayish blue
- 4 cups of raw spinach –> pale mint green
- 2 handfuls fresh, mashed blueberries –> blue
How to dye all-natural Easter eggs at home:
- Soft boil your eggs. (Plunge them in boiling water for about 6 minutes before removing them.)
- Place eggs in bowls or jars, separated by how many you’d like in various colors.
- Make dyes by combining any of the ingredients above with 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a pot. Boil for 5-7 minutes to get the colors out of the ingredients. Be sure to wear gloves when mixing the dyes or you might stain your fingers!
- Pour dyes into your various bowls and jars and allow them to sit for 4 to 6 hours, checking occasionally to see if colors are as saturated as you’d like.
- Remove eggs and place on a rack or paper towels to dry.