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How to Dye Easter Eggs With Plants

Dye Easter Eggs With Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, and Spices

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If you're reading this, it's probably that time of year again. When plain old hum-drum eggs turn pink and yellow and blue. Tablets and packets are all fine and good, but it's also easy to dye beautiful Easter eggs using food. Red cabbage makes any white egg look as lovely blue as a robin's egg, and turmeric or saffron create a bright, sunny yellow.

I also dyed eggs pink with beets, but have to admit that the color didn't turn out anywhere near as vibrant as what came off on the paper towels where I set the to dry. Similarly, the spinach-for-green-eggs I'd heard so much about was a disappointment. Yes, the eggs turned a bit green, but it was so pale... I'm not sure it was worth the effort. The blue from red cabbage and the yellow form the turmeric, though, those were fabulous.

Oh, and the onion skins for orange eggs? They turned a dozen white eggs to a brown that was indistinguishable from some brown eggs I'd bought at the farmers market.

It's easy to dye Easter eggs naturally, using dyes made from foodstuffs – fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Get specifics below.

Note: Before you get started, you may want to review how to make perfect hard boiled eggs.

1. How to Dye Eggs Blue

Blue Easter Eggs
Photo © Molly Watson

This beautiful robin egg's blue is easy to achieve with a dye made from red cabbage!

  1. Shred one small head red cabbage.
  2. In a medium pot over high heat, bring cabbage and about 6 cups of water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.
  3. Let cool, strain, and stir in 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar.

For a very light blue, just dip eggs into the dye. For more color, let the eggs sit in the dye for several minutes.For more intense color, use the cooled dye to cook the eggs.

Note: Red cabbage will turn brown eggs a lovely and sophisticated blue-gray shade.

2. How to Dye Eggs Pink

Beet-Dyed Pink Eggs
Photo © Molly Watson

The staining properties of beets, so annoying on wooden cutting boards and freshly manicured nails, comes in handy when dying eggs!

  1. Peel and chop one or two medium or large fresh beets.
  2. In a medium pot over high heat, bring the beets and about 4 cups of water and a Tbsp. of salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. Let cool, strain, and stir in 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar.

For a very light pink, just dip eggs into the dye. For more color, let the eggs sit in the dye for several minutes. For more intense color, use the cooled dye to cook the eggs.

3. How to Dye Eggs Yellow

Yellow Easter Eggs
Photo © Molly Watson

This stunning sunny yellow is made with turmeric.

  1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring 1 Tbsp. turmeric and about 6 cups of water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.
  2. Let cool and use as dye.

For a light yellow, just dip eggs into the dye. For more color, let the eggs sit in the dye for several minutes. For more intense color, just add the turmeric to the water in which you cook the eggs.

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