I received this wonderful question today about the dye that is used to color Easter eggs. Daria, who recently has become highly aware of her own health challenges related to colorings in food, contacted me about what she should do for the traditional Easter egg coloring that her family will be doing this weekend. So I pulled out this information and shared it with her. I’m also sharing it with you because there are other ways to color eggs that do not use artificial dyes. If you try them out, send me some pics.
How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
Natural Dye Matter – Colors are based on white eggs
Pink – Two cups peeled, grated beets + two cups water
Orange – 2 cups yellow onion peels + enough water to cover skins by 1 inch
Yellow – 1 tablespoon turmeric + 2 cups water + 2 tablespoons vinegar
Blue – 2 cups shredded purple cabbage (or blueberries) + enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch
Purple – 1-2 cups beet kvass
- Natural dye matter
- Filtered water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
- pots for simmering ingredients and boiling eggs
- mesh strainer
- small bowls or mason jars
- coconut or olive oil (optional – for adding luster to eggs)
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING EASTER EGG DYE
- Bring dye matter and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
- Remove liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
- Add hardboiled eggs to dye and place in fridge until desired color is reached.
DIRECTIONS FOR EGGS
- Add eggs to a medium pot and cover with cold water. Bring pot to a boil. Once it’s rolling turn off the heat and cover the pot. After 10 minutes, place eggs in a bowl of cold water and let sit until they’re cool to the touch.
- Drain bowl and replace with warm, soapy water. (Preference is to use a gentle soap such as Castille) Gently rub eggs with a washcloth or your thumb to remove oils that prohibit natural dyes from adhering as effectively to the egg shell.
- Lower egg into the dye and place them in the refrigerator. Soak until your desired color is reached.
- When the eggs are ready scoop them out with a spoon and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
- Naturally-dyed eggs have a matte finish. If you’d like to add a little luster, rub with a drop or two of coconut or olive oil.
(Adapted from Mommypotamus.com)