Using the food in your kitchen to dye your Easter eggs can be fun. AND can sometimes produce unexpected results. Below is a guide to help you get the pretty colors you expect for Easter, but don’t be surprised if your red dye produces a blue egg. No matter the color, it will be FUN.
Cabbage Dye: 4 cups chopped red cabbage
Spinach Dye: 4 cups spinach
Turmeric Dye: 3 tablespoons turmeric
Onion-Peel Dye: 4 cups onion peels (skins of about 12 onions)
Beet Dye: 4 cups chopped beets
To make the dye, put a quart of water into a pot and add the ingredient. Boil for 30 minutes, let cool and strain so you only have liquid left. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to each cup of solution that remains after you’ve boiled the water.
Hard boil your eggs by filling a pot with water until it covers the eggs. Bring the water to a boil.
As soon as the water starts to boil, turn the heat off and cover the pot, let sit for 15 minutes. Hard boiling your eggs this way will result in a bright yellow yolk.
NOTE: Some of the dyeing directions below suggest boiling the eggs in the dye (this typically results in a deeper color). IF you go this route then you can skip the step of
pre-boiling the eggs.
DYEING THE EGGS
Use the spinach dye and let soak overnight. Remove the eggs from the dye and pat the eggs dry. To achieve teal or a darker green color, put the eggs in the turmeric, onion, or beet dye for a few minutes to a couple of hours until you get the color you want.
Use the red cabbage dye and soak eggs for a couple hours or overnight, depending on the color you want.
You can simmer the eggs in the turmeric solution for 20 minutes for a deep yellow color, or soak overnight for a bright yellow color.
Use the beet dye and soak overnight or simmer for 20 minutes. If you soak overnight the color will be much lighter.
Try warming the eggs in the solution for a few minutes to get a deeper pink color.
Soak in beet solution and then cabbage solution for 30 minutes each.
Use the onion-peel solution, soak the eggs for a few hours or overnight.
If you aren’t getting the color you want, try adding more vinegar or simmering the eggs in the dye instead of soaking. OR start with the suggested dyes and then put the eggs in a different dye solution for a 30 minutes and see what happens. This is an experiment so try a few different things and have FUN!
Other ingredients to try:
Blueberries, strong coffee, avocado seed, raspberries, black beans.