Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally
Instead of coloring your Easter eggs the same color you've seen year after year, do something more unique dating from the medieval kitchen.
Naturally dyed eggs are so elegant they can grace the table at an adult dinner party, but it's the kids who most enjoy a project like this. Parents can preboil the eggs and let children experiment with bowls of cold dyes.
The cold-dipping method creates subtle, translucent shades, but may result in uneven coloring unless the eggs are rotated vigilantly. For the cold-dipping, the eggs and ingredients are boiled separately. After the dye has cooled and been strained, immerse the eggs for five to ten minutes and pat dry with a paper towel.
The boiling technique involves boiling the eggs in the dye; as the egg heats and rolls in the boiling water, a more uniform and intense color is produced. To dye eight eggs with the boiling technique, use two tablespoons of vinegar per quart of water. Place eggs in pot and cover with 1-inch of water. Add natural dye ingredients, bring to a rolling boil, and reduce to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
*Note: Natural dyes create beautiful effects, but may not be suitable for eating. Use for decoration only.
What you need: Four packed cups of red onion skins
Instructions: Boil for 30 minutes to an hour. Adjust the shade of red from light to rich crimson with amount of skins and soaking time.
What you need: 2 to 3 teaspoons of turmeric
Instructions: Add turmeric to hot water, or boil for more intense color
What you need: Cranberry or beet juice
Instructions: Simply soak your hard-boiled eggs in the cranberry or beet juice.
What you need: Violet blossoms & lemon juice, if desired for lightening
Instructions: Add violet blossoms to hot water and soak overnight. Lighten the mixture with lemon juice to create lavender.
What you need: Two heads of chopped red cabbage, 2 additional quarts of water, 6 additional tablespoons of white vinegar
Instructions: SSoak your hard boiled eggs overnight in this mixture for a deep royal blue.
Instructions: Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to Violet Blue mixture or boil
eggs with spinach.
What you need: Grape juice
Instructions: Soak hard-boiled eggs in grape juice.
What you need: Fresh blueberries and cranberries
Instructions: For soft pinks and blues, rub eggshells with blueberries and cranberries.
What you need: Four packed cups of yellow onion skins
Instructions: Boil for 30 minutes to an hour. Adjust the shade of beige with amount of skins and soaking time.
What you need: 1 quart strong, brewed coffee
Instructions: Boil eggs in the brewed coffee.
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