Easter’s right around the corner, and colored eggs are a staple in many households. While dyeing kits can be convenient, they can get pricey especially if you’re hoping to color a dozen of eggs. You can achieve a similar effect with natural ingredients such as fresh produce and spices. These types of eggs give a more rustic feel but can still achieve a deeper and brighter color the longer you allow the eggs to soak. Some colors can dye within 30 minutes, but other lighter colors can benefit from an overnight soak. Read below on how to achieve your favorite colors.
- Combine 1 qt water and 2 Tbsp white vinegar in a medium pot.
- Bring it to a boil and add your dye ingredients for the egg color of your choice (listed below). Lower the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
- Let cool. Strain the dye to remove any food fragments.
- Add the eggs to the strained dye and let soak for at least 30 minutes. When it reaches the desired color, remove the egg with tongs and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Red/Dark Pink: Add 4 cups chopped beets and follow instructions above
- Orange: Add 4 cups yellow onion skins and follow instructions above. For a brighter orange, let the eggs soak overnight
- Yellow: Add 3 Tbsp turmeric and follow instructions
- Light Blue: Add 3 cups chopped red or purple cabbage and follow instructions. For a brighter blue, let the eggs soak overnight
- Dark Blue: Add 4 cups blueberries and follow instructions
- Deep Red: Add skins from 6 red onions. Add in 2 cups of water and 3 Tbsp of white vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool and strain the liquid into a jar.
- Green: Add spinach leaves to a saucepan and pour in 2 cups cold water and 4 Tbsp white vinegar. Place in bowl and follow the steps above.
- Purple: Pour a cup of red wine into a jar. Add an egg and let soak until you are happy with the color. Rinse with cool water and let dry.
Source: Good Housekeeping