Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Cabbage. Red onions. Turmeric. Beets. They all make beautiful dye for Easter eggs, and it’s all-natural, too.

And what a lucky discovery: the dye that was left on the paper towels as they dried? Made some of our eggs even more beautiful.

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And they are still just as delicious!lj041914eggs04

We also got some beautiful striations from the metal bowls I was dyeing the eggs in. Look at that green one about 8 o’clock!

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I followed the handy guide in a recipe over at The Kitchn: Vibrant, Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs.

The basics: For each cup of water, add 1 cup of whatever vegetables or fruit gives you the color you want.

Red cabbage = blue eggs.lj041914eggs07

Beets = pink eggs.

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Measure your water (I used 2 cups for each), add your dye-r and bring to a boil. Then let steep, like tea, for as long as it takes to get the color you want. (You can check by putting a little on a white plate.)lj041914eggs09

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Then strain the vegetable matter:lj041914eggs15

And into the bowl add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of liquid. lj041914eggs16

You’re golden.

For eggs, I bring a pot of water to a boil, add my eggs, then boil for exactly 9 minutes.

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Then I use a slotted spoon to remove them into an ice bath.

I did all that the night before, so that Sam and I could get busy dyeing eggs once she got up!lj041914eggs13    lj041914eggs17 lj041914eggs18

Beets, turmeric, red cabbage, onion skins and, my experiment: hibiscus tea. (Eh. I wouldn’t recommend it.)lj041914eggs19 lj041914eggs20 lj041914eggs21  lj041914eggs23 lj041914eggs24 lj041914eggs25  lj041914eggs27 lj041914eggs28

I left them for about 2 hours, while Sam napped.

I think it was a rousing success.

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Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Use 1 cup of each for 1 cup of water unless noted.

Blue: Red cabbage on white eggs
Green: Red cabbage on brown eggs
Pink: Beets on white eggs
Red: Beets on brown eggs
Lavender: Red onion skins on white eggs or Red Zinger tea (1 bag)
Yellow: Turmeric on white eggs (2 tablespoons)

Use a separate pot for each color you want. Chop or shred vegetables in a food processor. Add to a pot with the right ratio of water (1 cup to 1 cup). Bring to a boil. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Let steep while it cools. Strain into a bowl and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar for each cup water.

Submerge eggs in dye for at least 1 hour, and up to 2. They don’t seem to take on much more color after that.

To make crackled eggs, use a stainless steel bowl and move the eggs around.

To make tie-dye eggs, let them drain together on paper towels.

If you wish, you can polish the eggs with oil after they dry.

 

Originally published Apr 19, 2014 @ 10:00

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