Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Yes, it’s true; naturally dyed Easter eggs are really just as easy to make than picking up a store bought egg dying kit. Most of the foods used to dye these eggs, you may already have in your refrigerator or spice cabinet. Plus, it just feels good to go old fashioned and Uber healthy sometimes right?
Plus, my kids consider it the funnest science experiment EVER.
We have experimented over the years on techniques used and which foods yield the best and brightest colors. We came up with these 6 foods/spices; blueberries, turmeric, beets, grape juice, red cabbage and onion peels.
The process used to create the different natural dyes are the same- you just need to substitute the final ingredient to change the color. We used pasture raised, local white eggs for the deepest colors.
Bring 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the respective fruit, vegetable, or spice (to create the color) to a boil. to dye the eggs is simple and it’s the same for every color, except the grape juice (that one is especially easy!).
Grape Juice: yields a deep purple. Add one Wacky Apple grape juice cup to a mason jar, with 2 tablespoons vinegar. Leave egg in the mason jar in the refrigerator overnight.
Turmeric: yields a pale yellow or golden. Add 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric root to the boiling water mixture.
Beets: yields a pale to bright pink, depending on how long you leave it in the dye. Add 2 tablespoons of diced beet into the boiling water mixture.
Blueberries: yields a deep blue. Add 1/4 cup of frozen blueberries to the boiling water mixture.
Onions: yields a golden yellow or tan depending on
Red Cabbage: yields a pale blue. Add 2 tablespoons diced purple Cabbage to the boiling water mixture.