I realize it may be a bit crunchy to look for a natural egg dye recipe.
And you guys know, based on my growing Natural Health recipe category, that I prefer things a little crunchy!
Thing is, even when it comes to dying eggs I just don’t feel comfortable giving my son all those chemicals.
I mean, why can’t we find a healthier way?
Well, guess what? I DID!
My alternative? Making dye on my own! And I’m thrilled about this recipe and I hope you’ll definitely try it!
All Natural Egg Dye Recipe:
Ingredients: (you don’t have to use ALL of this, just pick the colors you want and reduce the number of boiled eggs)
- 2 dozen boiled eggs
- 1 cup of red onion skins [saved from approximately 2-3 onions] (red)
- 1 large beet, diced (magenta)
- 1 cup of blueberries (purple)
- 3 tbs turmeric (yellow – orange)
- 2 cups of spinach (light green)
- 2 cups of chopped red cabbage (blue)
- 2 tea bags (brown)
- Approx. 2 cups of white vinegar (each dye will use approx. ¼ cup, so enough for the number of dyes you choose to create)
- Wide-mouthed cups or jars for dipping eggs in dye
- Slotted spoons
Instructions: (pretty simple actually)
- For each color, except the turmeric of course, shred or finely chop ingredients and place on the stove in a pot covered in about an inch of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar.
- Quickly bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer from anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour. Longer simmer times mean a darker hue.
- After the dye has cooled, pour into jars or cups and begin dyeing by dropping your eggs gently inside the color.
- Leave eggs in dye for at least 10 minutes for a lighter hue, and longer if you want a richer, darker color.
And that’s it! Will you try it this Easter??
For a printable version: