As we all gather around our families this weekend, we are most likely going to encounter the traditional egg dying with the kids (or adults, no judgement). So that leads to very harsh dyes towards a very healthy snack; hard boiled eggs! I began to do some research about natural egg dying, and all I could find to buy was expensive dye kits. I thought, there has to be something else I can do with my nieces and nephews this weekend, that won't cause them to jump off the walls with the Yellow, and Red40 dyes! I came across the idea to use REAL FOOD to dye our eggs, that have a very distinctive and aggressive color to them already.
Have you ever baked or cooked with BEETS?! If those puppies get anywhere other than the cooking sheet, your clothes and counter tops are BRIGHT RED! Sooooo, there are my red eggs!
Have you ever cooked with purple cabbage and found how VIBRANT that PURPLE is!? There are my BLUE eggs, yes blue!
Do you already know how BENEFICIAL turmeric spice is for our health, and how a little bit goes a LONG way!? There are my YELLOW eggs!
I know this food item isn't the most loved between everyone, however it works well for this situation!? Any guess??!! SPINACH! There are my GREEN eggs!
Lastly, how often do we cry when we have to cook with red onions?! Well, it may not stain our clothes, but it sure does create a beautiful BROWN egg!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc)
- Filtered water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
- pots for simmering ingredients and boiling eggs
- mesh strainer
- small bowls or mason jars
- coconut or olive oil (optional – for adding luster to eggs)
HOW TO CREATE (ingredients listed below)
- Bring dye matter and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
- Remove liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
- Add hard boiled eggs to dye and place in fridge until desired color is reached. I prefer to let them set overnight.
THE RED EGGS
Two cups water + two cups peeled, grated beets + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the grated beets and water)
THE BLUE EGGS
2 cups shredded purple cabbage + enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per remaining cup after the dye is boiled)
Brown eggs will turn green and white eggs will turn blue.
THE YELLOW EGGS
Two cups water + 1 tablespoon turmeric + 2 tablespoons vinegar creates this vibrant yellow on white eggs and a deep gold on brown ones.
THE GREEN EGGS
6 cups spinach, rough chopped, 1 tablespoon turmeric, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 quart water
THE BROWN EGGS
2 cups yellow onion peels + enough water to cover skins by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the onion peels and water)