How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally


Replace artificial dyes with natural alternatives that result in healthy and beautiful colours. Creating naturally dyed eggs takes a little more work but it is easy-to-make and is healthier. Here you will find how to colour eggs naturally using simple ingredients like spices and vegetables.
by Feli Chic'Cuisine

Replace artificial dyes with natural alternatives that result in healthy and beautiful Easter eggs. Creating naturally dyed eggs takes a little more work but it is easy-to-make and more healthier. Here you will find how to colour eggs naturally using simple ingredients like spices and vegetables.


This year, I decided to go one step further and create a larger palette for colouring eggs with vegetable scraps and spices. I used both yellow and red onions skin, red cabbage, beets and turmeric. In the end, the results were a palette of colour that produces pretty spectacular eggs, especially when they are rubbed with oil.


Depending on the concentration of the dye, the colour of the eggs and how long and how many times you dip the eggs in the dye, the results may vary.

I found that the number of dips into the dye was even more important than the duration of time spent in the dye. More dips into the dye resulted in deeper colours.


How to make natural egg dye

Natural dyes for Easter eggs can produce different colours, depending on the eggs you use, white or brown, as well as other factors like the amount of ingredients used or how long they are left in colour. You can expect the following colours:


Chart of colours for white pre-boiled egg
  • Lavender ~ colour obtained from red onion skins

  • Orange ~ colour obtained from yellow onion skins

  • Yellow ~ colour obtained from turmeric

  • Light blue ~ colour obtained from red cabbage

  • Pink ~ colour obtained from beets

Chart of colours for brown pre-boiled egg
  • Red or Rusty-red ~ colour obtained from red onion skins

  • Burnt Orange ~ colour obtained from yellow onion skins

  • Yellow ~ colour obtained from turmeric

  • Blue or Grey ~ colour obtained from red cabbage

  • Bright pink ~ colour obtained from beets


Place the soak eggs in the refrigerator longer to increase the intensity of the colours or let them soaking overnight.

Here’s a handy guide to follow instructions on how to dye eggs with beets, turmeric, purple cabbage, and onion skin. I recommend to use a stainless steel pan to avoid staining, and the eggs should be cleaned and at the room-temperature.


If you are using beets, red cabbage, and turmeric or turmeric, make sure you boil the eggs first. The eggs should be row eggs if you are using onions skin.

Image credit: The Kitchn



Ingredients
  • white or brown eggs, at room temperature, pre-boiled or row

  • Water

  • Beats

  • purple cabbage

  • ground turmeric

  • red onion skin

  • yellow onion skin

  • white vinegar

  • oil


 

Method

How to Dye the Eggs with beets - Red colour


In a large pot, place 6 medium beets - cut into chunks - add 4 -6 cups water. Stir in 100 ml white vinegar and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Strain the liquid for dyeing and soak the pre-boiled eggs for at least 3 hours.


How to Dye the Eggs with turmeric - Yellow colour


In a large bowl, place 6 tablespoons turmeric. Pour 6 cups of boiling water over the turmeric, stir until dissolved, and let steep for at least 20-25 minutes to extract the colour. Stir 100 ml vinegar into the dyeing liquid and soak the pre-boiled eggs for at least 3 hours.


How to Dye the Eggs with Purple Cabbage - Blue colour


In a large pot, place one head of purple cabbage - cut into chunks or shredded - add 4-6 cups water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Strain the liquid for dyeing. Stir in 100 ml white vinegar and soak the pre-boiled eggs for at least 3 ours.


How to Dye the Eggs with Yellow Onion Skin - Orange colour


In a large pot, place the row eggs and skin from 8 yellow onions, add 8 cups water and 100 ml vinegar. Boil for at least 12-15 minutes, until the eggs have the desired colour.


How to Dye the Eggs with Red Onion Skin - Lavender or Rusty-Red colour


In a large pot, place the row eggs and skin from 8 red onions, add 8 cups water and 100 ml vinegar. Boil for at least 12-15 minutes.


To Finish


When your eggs are the desired colour, remove them with a slotted spoon from liquid and carefully dry. Rub each egg with a little oil, then polish with a paper towel. Keep the eggs in the refrigerator for up to a week.


You can play with the colours to get the shades you want. Although the colour may not be perfect or spots may appear, imperfections have their own charms. By creatively arranging these colourful eggs, you can add a special touch to the Easter table.

 

If you try this recipe, leave a comment and let me know what you think! And don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #felichiccuisine on instagram! Thank You!

Replace artificial dyes with natural alternatives that result in healthy and beautiful colours. Creating naturally dyed eggs takes a little more work but it is easy-to-make and more healthier. Here you will find how to colour eggs naturally using simple ingredients like spices and vegetables.
by Feli Chic'Cuisine

Replace artificial dyes with natural alternatives that result in healthy and beautiful Easter eggs. Creating naturally dyed eggs takes a little more work but it is easy-to-make and more healthier. Here you will find how to colour eggs naturally using simple ingredients like spices and vegetables.
by Feli Chic'Cuisine

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