Natural Ways to Dye Eggs!

by carko on April 2, 2015

As a child, I loved dyeing Easter eggs with my siblings. Last year we took a shot at Natural Easter Egg dyeing. While it takes a bit more time and patience, I love the colors you get from dyeing eggs with ingredients commonly found in your kitchen such as: WINE, COFFEE, BEETS, PAPRIKA, GRAPE JUICE, TUMERIC, RED CABBAGE, YELLOW ONION, CHILI POWDER.

All recipes include 1 quart of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, plus the dyeing agent of your choice.  Simply add the coloring agent to a pot of boiling water and let simmer for 30 minutes. Be sure to strain to remove solids. Here are the color options and what to add to the water:

Soak in Lukewarm solution for 30 minutes * except where indicated:

YELLOW: Turmeric or yellow onion skin solution
ORANGE: Chili Powder solution
BLUE: * Grape juice concentrate, red cabbage solution
DARK BLUE: Soak eggs overnight red-cabbage solution.
RED: Beets, paprika solution
GREEN: Spinach or Kale solution
LIGHT GREEN:  Turmeric solution,  then red-cabbage solution for just 15 seconds.
BROWN: *Boil eggs in black coffee for 30 minutes.
PINK: Beet solution or * Cranberry Juice Concentrate
LIGHT PURPLE: Beet solution, then red-cabbage solution for just 30 seconds.
DEEP PURPLE: Soak eggs in wine solution overnight
BRIGHT GOLD:  Turmeric solution

 

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